Mary Hufford conducted fieldwork for a Lehigh Valley cultural survey, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Jump Street. The survey documented practitioners of traditional arts that structure and express human relationships to nature and the land, including beekeeping, fly tying, turkey calling, wildcrafting, spinning, and community gardens. These are practices found throughout the Appalachian region and beyond, with potential for subregional and ethnic variation. How do the practices within Appalachian subregions register ecological and historical differences? How, through the transmission of such practices, does the land continue to engage new generations and immigrant communities in cultivating ecological citizenship?
In August 2018, Julie Maldonado was an invited facilitator at the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement convening in Oaxaca, Mexico. August 2018. The panel, Moving from Social Risks and Resilience: Informing a Flexible Adaptation Process for Displacement and Resettlement, considered how to look at risk beyond physical vulnerabilities and displacement to understand what is needed to build and support the resilience of displaced populations.