Appalachian Futures is WVU Libraries' second annual collaborative, multidisciplinary project advancing important conversations in the region. The exhibit addresses the dominant contemporary narratives about Appalachia in a new way — how the people of Appalachia have worked and will work to rewrite their own narrative and transcend limiting definitions of what it means to be Appalachian. Synthesizing humanities research, art, and civic action, the exhibit invites viewers to explore the often overlooked communities of Indigenous Appalachia, "Affrilachian" (African American in Appalachia), and queer Appalachia. Examine Appalachian tradition and culture; the intersections between extraction industries, new technology, and science; literacies and education in Appalachia; as well as speculative futures for the region. Appalachian Futures contributors include WVU and regional scholars, community groups and artists. A soundtrack by Gangstagrass will be downloadable online. A complete list of contributors is available online. Lead Sponsors: WV Library Commission, WVU Humanities Center Traveling Exhibit and Events Sponsor: Marshall University Libraries Exhibit Sponsors: MPB Print & Sign Superstore, WVU Reed College of Media, Appalachian State University Libraries, Arts Monongahela, Catherine Wilson Jones Supporters: First United Bank & Trust


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