Counternarratives of natural disasters: Flooding and environmental inequality in Eastern Kentucky
Come celebrate Family & Community Diversity Week with us!
The College of A&S Office of Inclusive Excellence, in partnership with Appalachian Studies and the Appalachian Center, will hold a tabling event where students can pick up FREE swag, participate in the featured department's diversity activity, and sign-up for the corresponding Lunch and Learn event taught by a UK faculty member.
In the rise of the US carceral state, Appalachia has become a pivot point of the prison boom. Central Appalachia is home to 16 prisons, 12 of which have been built in just the last three decades during the most accelerated period of mass incarceration. There are eight prisons alone in Eastern Kentucky. At the same time, the region has been home to visionary abolitionist organizing including the ongoing campaign to halt the building of U.S. Penitentiary – Letcher.
The Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies invites you to a virtual conversation with Dr. Judah Schept author of Coal, Cages, Crisis: The Rise of the Prison Economy in Central Appalachia (NYU Press 2022) and Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore to consider the interplay between carceral developments, racial capitalist crises, and the conditions of possibility for making abolition geographies.
Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies, the Gaines Center for the Humanities, the Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, and the Department of Geography.
Tuesday February 28, 5-6:30pm via Zoom (register in advance here).
Graduate Student Lunch w/Judah Schept at noon
Exact time TBA, dependent on K Week
The Appalachian Center invites you to our drop-in Coffee Hour, Thursday from 10-11 AM. We welcome students, faculty, staff, and community members for coffee and light refreshments. Come visit with others interested in the region and learn more about the work of the Appalachian Center and the Appalachian Studies Program. Coffee Hour is a space to exchange ideas for programs, initiatives, and events, discuss regional issues, and share research in a casual, collegial atmosphere.
Join us in person, or virtually via Zoom!
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 9, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Join us for a creek cleanup, resource fair, and well water treatment demonstration event on Saturday, March 11th! Come learn about different organizations working on water related issues in Kentucky. Both adults and kids are encouraged to participate. Meet at the Lend-A-Hand Center- 3234 KY 718 Walker, KY. Call 606 622-1385 to pre-register (required, spots are limited). Participants will be given $25 Walmart gift cards for their participation. All cleanup supplies and hand sanitizer will be provided. Lunch will be provided. Social distancing will be encouraged and the event will be primarily outside. Bring your mask & waterproof shoes/boots. Directions: https://lendahandcenter.org/directions/
Check out our Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/3Q4woCatr
This event is hosted by the Lend-A-Hand Center and co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, the UK Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), and the Kentucky Division of Water.
The event is made possible in partnership with the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, the Kentucky Geological Survey, and the Kentucky Riverkeeper.
This event is funded by a UK-CARES Community Engagement Project Grant.