Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective – October 15, 2018

Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective – October 15, 2018

On October 15 2018, As part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Energy Justice in Global Perspective at the University of California/Santa Barbara, the Blum Center hosted.

Do we think the U.S. system is corrupt or “rigged?” – October 5, 2018

On Friday October 5, 2018, LiKEN hosted a civic conversation for journalist Sarah Chayes, at Good Foods Co-op, in Lexington, KY, as a forum for participants to discuss their perception and experience of whether the United States is a rigged or corrupt system and to informally propose changes, supports, or restrictions. This dialogue is part of a new book that Sarah is researching and writing.

Developing Culture(s) of Preparedness: The Important Role of Culture in FEMA’s Strategic Plan – September 20, 2018

Developing Culture(s) of Preparedness: The Important Role of Culture in FEMA’s Strategic Plan – September 20, 2018

On September 20, 2018, LiKENeer Julie Maldonado was a featured presenter in the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) webinar, Developing Culture(s) of Preparedness: The Important Role of Culture in FEMA’s Strategic Plan (2018-2022)

Pine Mountain Settlement School Fair Day – September 8, 2018

Pine Mountain Settlement School Fair Day – September 8, 2018

On September 8, Deborah Thompson represented LiKEN at the Pine Mountain Settlement School Fair Day where She talked with community people about their special places and field-tested participatory mapping methods to document the assets of Harlan County from their perspective. It was a wonderful day of meeting people and talking about what Harlan County means to them.

Online Seminar: Social Research Methods with Future Generations University – September 2018

Online Seminar: Social Research Methods with Future Generations University – September 2018

In September, Mary Hufford and Julie Koppel Maldonado began working to develop an online seminar in Social Research Methods with Future Generations University in Franklin, WV. Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, FGU offers a Master’s Degree in Applied Community Development for students seeking to lead community change in places around the world as well as in Appalachian communities, and Tribal communities in the United States. The course will go online in February 2019.

Lehigh Valley cultural survey – August and September 2018

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?

30th Symposium of the International Council on Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology – July 29 – August, 2018

30th Symposium of the International Council on Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology – July 29 – August, 2018

LiKENeer Deborah Thompson traveled to Szeged, Hungary last July 29- August 3 for the 30th Symposium of the International Council on Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology, where she presented a paper as part of a panel titled, The Politics of Dance, Representation, and Identity in Appalachia, USA . The paper was titled “More than Black and White: Negotiating the Anglocentric Underpinnings of an Appalachian Folk Dance Team. It was fascinating to meet other dance scholars from around the globe who were addressing issues of identity: race, class, gender, ethnicity; the politics of culture as well as nationalism and representation.

Transition Revenue & Investment Solutions Forum – July 11 & 12, 2018

Transition Revenue & Investment Solutions Forum – July 11 & 12, 2018

Betsy Taylor, LiKEN Executive Director, was a participant in “Transition Revenue & Investment Solutions Forum” July 11 & 12, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, sponsored by the Headwaters Institute. The forum convened experts from diverse sectors and geographic locations to collaborate on learning, discussion and brainstorming in a convivial and ‘low-pressure’ environment. The participants worked to identify promising transition revenue and investment approaches to mitigate the negative impacts of transition in coal-dependent local economies.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) How We Respond – July 2018

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) How We Respond – July 2018

In July 2018, LiKEN Associate Director, Julie Maldonado participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) How We Respond working session in Washington, DC, July 2018. How We Respond is a new communication initiative to highlight how communities are actively and effectively responding to climate change at the local, state and regional levels, and to demonstrate the critical role of science and scientists in informing these activities.