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Develop the skills you need for our changing worldMasters of Applied Community Development Rural-Urban Divide Webinar Series View Webinar Part One Watch the recording by clicking the button above and send it to someone who might be interested in joining for Part 2 and beyond! Register Below for Part Two. New Participants — Register Here!
LiKEN & Martin County Concerned Citizens seek Community Engagement Coordinator Posted: June 4, 2021Application deadline: June 25, 2021 or until position is filled We seek a full-time community organizer to work on community development projects in eastern Kentucky. The position will be based primarily in Martin and surrounding counties. The initial contract will be for one year, with the potential to become a permanent position. Job Description: We are looking for an energetic individual with a passion to contribute to the wellbeing of communities in eastern Kentucky. We seek someone who enjoys working with people. A key responsibility will be to organize outreach and recruit participants in various community development projects. Your role will be to motivate and support people as they come together to identify needs and to solve problems in their locales. You will play an essential role in building effective communication and collaboration among diverse partners in this work — including community members and nonprofits, local and state officials, and researchers. Your first responsibility is to listen deeply to the diverse perspectives within the communities you serve. Other responsibilities will be to conduct educational and planning workshops, write reports, and to build leadership and skills among project…
(image by Future Generations University) A Future Generations University Webinar LiKEN invites you to join Anthony Flaccavento, with guest speakers Kathy Cramer and Erica Etelson, on four free webinars in June hosted by Future Generations University. Please join us in taking a deeper dive into the rural-urban divide, how we got into this mess, and how we’ll get out. To Register for the Free Webinar 7:00 – 8:00 PM EDTTuesday, June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 2021More information about the series. More about the webinar series: The rural-urban divide is deep, widespread, and it is getting worse. Liberal people from cities and suburbs think most rural folks are ignorant, racist, uncultured, stuck in the past, and their communities heading towards oblivion. Many in the countryside view urban people, academics, and the government as elitist, contemptuous of rural ways, and dismissive of the people living and working there. While race and racial resentment play major roles in this polarization, the divide between urban and rural is perhaps the most poorly understood component of our divisions. And it’s killing us and dividing all of us, enabling the richest people and biggest corporations to dominate our democracy while the great majority of us fight amongst ourselves. How did we get…
USATF Certified Half and Full is a BQ Sunday, December 6, 2020Far Rockaway – Rain or Shine All participants get:World AIDS Marathon Finisher Medal, Buff 1st 100 Registrants get a Long Sleeve Tee 10K Run/Walk – 2.5 hr cut offHalf Marathon – 4 hr cut offFull Marathon – 6 hr cut off Race instructions regarding the event start will be sent out by the evening before the event.Please be Mindful as social distancing will be in effect at the start line with staggered and chip-timed starts.Be Prepared & bring a mask or buff. You do not have to run wearing your mask/buff but have it on you at all times. No formal bag check. elitefeats cannot take responsibility for any personal belongings – Bag Check for Marathoners & Half Marathoners ONLY. There will be water / Electrolyte support for Marathoners and Half Marathoners – there will be no course water support for the 10k run/walk. Bathrooms – Public bathrooms located within a few minutes walk from start & finish. No Spectators – No official bag check BENEFITS Proceeds from the event are going to the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation LEARN MORE HERE
Never Stop Running Foundation is a 501(c)3: Supporting athletic and charitable events as they raise awareness and foster community involvement as well as encouraging and promoting Olympic development for local emerging elite and post collegiate runners. Click to learn more or register!
LIKEN will be co-convening a series of events about the Appalachian Mother Forest at the upcoming virtual meetings of the Appalachian Studies Association. More information can be found here: http://appalachianstudies.org/annualconference/files/2021-call.pdf The Central Appalachian forest is the world’s oldest and biologically richest temperate zone hardwood system. For thousands of years this forest has sustained human communities and it continues to do so today. Many of these communities have used these rich native forests as “commons,” meaning, shared sites of harvest, recreation, and community renewal. Because of its unique topography and biodiversity, this forest system provided crucial refugia during past climate shifts, leading some ecologists to call it the ‘mother forest’. In our current climate crisis, this forest system can again play a crucial role. The Mother Forest Working Group, a collaborative of the University of Kentucky and the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network, invites forest-commons proposals for the 2020 Appalachian Studies Association annual meeting. The meeting’s theme is “Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons,” and forest commoning is a major focus.
On Wednesday, November 18th, Betsy Taylor will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Heirs’ Property Across Race and Place.” This panel is part of the free webinar “All Land is not Creating Equal: Unleashing Family and Community Wealth through Land Ownership” hosted by the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation and the Aspen Institute. Betsy is participating in this panel as part of LiKEN’s new Heirs’ Property project, which investigates issues faced by heirs’ property owners in Appalachia and the southern Black Belt. Heirs’ property is created when land passes to two or more descendants who become “tenants in common” of the property. Heirs’ property can result in a variety of issues for land owners, including lack of incentive to make property improvements and risk of forced partition sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers heirs’ property to be the “leading cause of Black involuntary land loss.” Cassandra Johnson Gaither (Social Scientist, US Forest Service), the panel’s facilitator has done extensive research on heirs’ property in the south. Johnson Gaither is a co-investigator on LiKEN’s new project on heirs’ property in KY, GA, and AL, along with LiKENeer Megan White (Project Director) and Betsy Taylor (LiKEN Executive Director). For more information,…
Appalachian Understories – March 12-15, 2020 University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky We human Appalachians are fortunate to have the world’s richest temperate forests grace our region. Inspiration for the 43rd Annual ASA Conference is rooted in these forests, and particularly in the easy-to-overlook portion of the woods known as “understory.” In the forest understory, plant and animal life grows between the earthen ground and the more visible canopy, in both shade and sunlight. Recognizing that forest understories are places of beauty and strength, the 2020 ASA Conference will bring to light the many voices of Appalachia that are often obscured. In the understories, people confront stereotypes, myths, marginalization, and violence and meet them with resilience and hope. In addition to native forests and forest-based human experiences, this gathering will highlight stories of Black Appalachians, women, gender, and sexuality, health and healing, and hope spots. Oral history and film-making, along with literature, music, photography, and other art forms, will be among our featured “understories” exploration methods. We also celebrate Appalshop’s 50th anniversary, revisiting the Whitesburg studio’s important documentary legacy and learning about the “understories” it continues to produce today. Like the forest that inspires us, and like the 42 previous ASA…
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting – November 16, 2018 On November 16, 2018, at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, LiKEN Associate Director, Julie Maldonado, will be a roundtable presenter, for Resettlement as an Act of Cultural Survival: An Update from Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribal Leaders and Partners.
American Folklore Society Meeting – October 20, 2018 On October 20, LiKEN Associate Director, Mary Hufford, presented a paper at the American Folklore Society Meeting: “Feasting on Time’s Body: Reflexive Commensality as Narrative Ecological Practice.” Part of a panel entitled “Sensate Worlds: Perception and Power from Multi-Species Perspectives,” the talk explored the ways in which our speaking recovers the points of view of more-than-human others, ways that become accessible to us when we reflect together on the meanings of words for local things, and their sensory impacts.
Press Release: Kinder Morgan: Utica Marcellus Texas pipeline – October 17, 2018 On October 17 2018, Craig Williams (Program Director, KY Environmental Foundation), published a press release about the decision by the Kinder Morgan company to abandon the Utica Marcellus Texas pipeline project. Over several years, Craig was a key leader in a cross-sectoral collaboration for public education and dialogue about the proposed hazardous liquids conversion project that would have crossed KY. This resulted in a wide alliance of local governments, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations, including Boyle, Madison, Clark, Garrard, Marion, and Rowan Counties, the cities of Danville, Richmond, and Junction City, and Lexington/Fayette County Government. Institutions and economic organizations included Eastern Kentucky University, Madison County Schools, Berea College, Blue Grass Area Development District, Danville/Boyle County Economic Development Partnership, and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Citizens’ groups collaborating with KY Environmental Foundation, included Danville’s Citizens Opposed to the Pipeline Conversion, the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, Kentucky Heartwood, Kentucky Resources Council, and the Allegheny Defense Project.
On October 16, 2018, Betsy and UCSB History professor, Alice O’Connor, hosted a discussion about the history and future of coal mining communities in Appalachia following a screening of Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning documentary, Harlan County, USA (1976) at the Carsey-Wolf Center
“Is there a Post-Coal Future for Appalachia?” – October 15, 2018 “Is there a Post-Coal Future for Appalachia?”, an in-depth discussion on October 15th, 2018 with LiKEN Executive Director, Betsy Taylor, for students and faculty on workers’ rights, energy justice, and economic transition in Appalachia.
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.
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 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 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.
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?
Moving from Social Risks and Resilience – August 2018 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.
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 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 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.
US Climate Action Network – June 27 – 29 LiKENeer Mary Hufford participated in the US Climate Action Network meeting in Spokane, WA. This annual meeting brings together climate advocates from all over the United States to bring grassroots organizations into alignment in order to ameliorate the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable communities. The far-reaching effects of climate change are represented in the 175 plus diverse organizations that make up the network, including faith-based organizations, labor networks, environmental justice communities, and organizations focused on public policy, to name a few.
Displaced by Climate: The Intersection of Science, Law & Policy – June 20, 2018 LiKENeer Julie Maldonado delivered the keynote address at Displaced by Climate: The Intersection of Science, Law & Policy, The Collider, Asheville, NC. National and international climate law, policy, and science experts will gathered to discuss how climate displacement has, and will increasingly continue, to affect the U.S. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss the particular challenges vulnerable communities such as indigenous peoples are facing and how they are affected disproportionately by climate change. Press release: https://mountainx.com/blogwire/collider-discussions-to-explore-climate-change-related-community-displacement-on-june-20/
Dialogues all the Way Down: Speech Genres as Matrices of Social and Ecological Renewal – May 18, 2018
Dialogues all the Way Down: Speech Genres as Matrices of Social and Ecological Renewal – May 18, 2018 LiKEN Associate Director, Mary Hufford, delivered talk, “Dialogues all the Way Down: Speech Genres as Matrices of Social and Ecological Renewal,” for symposium on Cultural Sustainability, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 18, 2018.
Protect Film Screenings – May 2018 In May 2018, LiKENeer Julie Maldonado hosted screenings of Protect www.protectfilm.org, a living document of the caravan of Indigenous and other community organizers at the forefront of work for a just transition from toxic to clean energy – May 17, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA May 18, University of California/Santa Barbara, CA May 19, La Casa de la Raza, Santa Barbara, CA
Rising Voices: Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions – April 10- 12, 2018
Rising Voices: Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions – April 10- 12, 2018 In April 2018 Rising Voices: Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions, April 10-12, 2018, Duluth MN 6th Annual Workshop Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions “Rising Together: Mobilizing and Learning from Local Actions” Linking movements for a moral economy & livable communities, 5:00-7:00 pm, February 25, 2018, LiKEN office, 1815 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington KY Group discussion & panel: Danielle Brian, Director, Project on Government Oversight (POGO). POGO is a premier national watchdog organization investigating corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical government www.pogo.org; Arnold Farr, Professor, UK Philosophy, is a local organizer for the Poor Peoples March; Linda Kaboolian is a sociologist with the Harvard School of Public Health and a national consultant with labor unions; Craig Williams, Program Director, KY Environmental Foundation, was awarded the 2006 Goldman Prize for his key role regionally and internationally in the campaign to safely dispose of the world’s stockpile of chemical weapons. He is currently working on the Kinder-Morgan pipeline.
Alan Dundes Public lecture in Folklore: Witness Trees Revolt: Folklore’s Invitation to Narrative Ecology – April 2, 2018
Mary Hufford Presented the Alan Dundes Public lecture in Folklore: “Witness Trees Revolt: Folklore’s Invitation to Narrative Ecology” University of California, Berkeley. April 2, 2018. This public lectures honors the memory of Alan Dundes, who founded the program in folklore at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2018, folklorist and LiKEN Associate Director, Mary Hufford, continues to explore Appalachian forest commoning as an aspect of what she calls “narrative ecology:” the study and stewardship of socio-ecological systems that depend on genres of storytelling for their reproduction. She January through May, as Visiting Professor of Folklore, UC Berkeley, Hufford taught two courses: 1) an undergraduate course, “Ecocritical Fairytales,” an approach to the classic fairy tales that explores evolving attitudes toward nature (especially the forest), and the human body (especially bodies of women) over the past four centuries, from the Grimms and Perault, to modernrevisions by Disney, Dreamworks, Sondheim, Angela Carter and others; and 2) a graduate seminar, “Theories of Traditionality and Modernity,” which explored the emergence of public folklore in the late 20th century, and its continuing development as a praxis of the commons.