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Spread The Word. Send Your Thoughts. A New Collection Is Underway...
Collection of Personal Narratives
Spread the word. Send me your thoughts. A new collection is underway...
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic. 
Possible entry points: 
• intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation; 
• journeys in and out of Appalachia; 
• relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity; 
• relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
• impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation. 
Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at mmccarro@bowdoin.edu. 
Brief abstracts due August 1, 2017.
The Liberation School 
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a nine month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a nine month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants described these experiences:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
Brushy Fork Annual Institute details

Look for registration to open on our website in January 2018.
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A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
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Kentucky Historical Society (KHS)

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is seeking applications for the KHS research fellowship program for the fall 2017 cycle. The program provides funding for senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, whose research requires the use of KHS collections and research resources – visit https://history.ky.gov/resources/catalogs-research-tools/ for more information on collections.

Fellowship residency at the KHS campus in Frankfort, Kentucky, ranges from one to four weeks. KHS is conveniently located in central Kentucky, within driving distance of numerous universities, archival repositories, and historic sites. Past fellows have included scholars from prestigious national and international institutions.

For application instructions and award requirements, visit https://history.ky.gov/for-researchers/research-fellowships/fellowship-guidelines/ to learn more. Fellowship applications must be submitted via email to KHSFellowships@ky.gov by September 1, 2017.

Hogskin History Day
Saturday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The 18th annual Hogskin History Day, sponsored by 91.9 FM/WUOT and East TN PBS will be held Saturday, September 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn.

Hogskin History Day is a celebration of the history, music, and culture of the Hogskin Valley and surrounding Appalachian communities. This year’s celebration will highlight our forests and trees, and all the critters from fleas to white-tailed deer who live within our woods of East Tennessee. The day promises to be both full of fun and interesting information.

Guests will enjoy lots of good local food and entertainment as well as a chance to win up to $2000+. We extend a special welcome to our young friends with plenty of games, crafts, cakewalks, henna painting and bubble blowing. Delicious food, including homemade pizza from our cob oven, bean burritos, beans, cornbread, home baked goods and more will be available for purchase. In the afternoon we will offer free apple juice from our hand-cranked press using local organic apples. And yes, we will again provide free hand-cranked homemade ice cream on a first come first served basis (see event schedule for times apple juice and ice cream will be served).

Tours of our “off the grid”, environmentally friendly Narrow Ridge buildings and homes as well as our Natural Burial Preserve will be scheduled in the afternoon. Local vendors and exhibitors will showcase crafts from old time wool spinning to jewelry and art utilizing recycled/repurposed materials. Door prizes will be given every hour. Hogskin History Day t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Admission and parking are FREE. 

For more information call 865-497-2753, email us at community@narrowridge.org, or go to www.narrrowridge.org.


Fall Equinox Celebration
Friday, September 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Narrow Ridge welcomes friends and neighbors of all ages to join us as we celebrate the arrival of autumn in our Fall Equinox Celebration on the evening of Friday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. We are grateful to Bill Nickle for leading us in the celebration which will begin with a time of welcome and introductions at our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd., Washburn.

Weather permitting, we will journey uphill from the Mac Smith Resource Center to our scenic Inspiration Point. Transportation will be provided for individuals who are unable to make the light hike up to Inspiration Point. Dress appropriately for the weather and for the uphill journey.

This is a family friendly, non-alcoholic event. Guests are invited but not required to bring a contribution for the snack table (finger foods only, please). For more information, please call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org. We hope you can join us. Bring a friend!



Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Come stretch, sweat, breathe and release with us every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m with yoga instruction from Angela Gibson.

Synchronize your mind, body and breath with YOGA. Transform exercise from being just another thing to fit into an already busy schedule into something that allows you to really connect with and become mindful of what you are doing for your body. All levels of fitness and flexibility benefit with this type of exercise. Yoga helps reduce stress, improve core strength and balance, and increase strength and flexibility while teaching how to use breath to calm the body and mind. This class can be tailored to each individual’s ability level.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. It’s a good idea to wear layers on cool mornings so you can shed them as your body warms up. You’ll need a yoga/pilates mat (or any other non-slip rug or mat). Bring a towel to wipe your brow and some water to rehydrate your body.

Yoga will be held on our outdoor stage just up from the Mac Smith Resource Center when weather is favorable to outdoor yoga. We will meet in the Mac Smith Resource Center on especially cool or rainy mornings.

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org.


Silent Meditation Gathering

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Narrow Ridge invites you to join us for our Silent Meditation Gathering on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am at Narrow Ridge's Mac Smith Resource Center (1936 Liberty Hill Rd., Washburn). The gatherings are intended to be inclusive of people of all faiths as well as those who do not align themselves with a particular religious denomination.

For more information call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org.

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What Now For Hubapalooza? With a Little Imagination, We Think Anything Is Possible
Join the Hubapalooza Advisory Team
Hubapalooza, the regular gathering of community development folks, needs a little shake up. So, in 2017, they’re taking Hubapalooza back into the garage. They’re going to get under the hood, break this machine down, and see what new and improved beast they can rebuild in its place. Want to help design Hubapalooza 2018? Then you’re just who they need on their Hubapalooza Advisory Team.
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