Appalachian Festival Symposium: “Social Justice in Appalachia: Addressing Regional Challenges”

Addressing Regional Challenges at FSU’s Appalachian Festival Symposium

This year's Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival will feature a symposium titled “Social Justice in Appalachia: Addressing Regional Challenges.” On Friday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. under the big tent on FSU’s Upper Quad, symposium speakers will discuss various issues and challenges affecting the Appalachian area along with their possible solutions.

The symposium will begin at noon with “The Music of Coal Country With Singer-Songwriter Jay Smar.” At 1 p.m., Dr. Greg Wood will present “Labor Unrest, Social Justice and Folk Music in Appalachia: The Great Depression Years,” followed by Dr. Kathleen Powell’s “In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: Neighborhood Relations in a College Town.”

At 2 p.m., Jerilyn Jackson and Dr. Elesha Ruminski will present “The Mountainside Movement: Promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution in Western Maryland.” At 2:30 p.m., Dr. Katy Ryan will discuss her “Appalachian Prison Book Project.”

At 3 p.m., Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas will present “An Aggrieved Appalachia: Community Activists Take On the Energy Industry.” Concluding the symposium at 3:30 p.m. will be Dr. Melissa Boehm who will present “Media and Social Justice – Appalshop Case Studies.”

In addition to the symposium presentations, the Appalachian Festival is about celebrating the rich culture and history of Frostburg’s surrounding Appalachian area and the people who call it home. From Sept. 19 to 21, there will also be plenty of activities, crafts, food, film and good music to enjoy. For more information on the Appalachian Festival 2013, visit

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm