Elissa Yancey is a seasoned journalist who has found a new medium and project to lift the voices of those who, too often, go unheard. Her new project, A Picture's Worth, emphasizes storytelling and advocacy via a podcast series. Check out her work and learn more about her project in the blog post below.

Plus, an opportunity to submit an abstract or essay to be featured in a new digital Appalachian Studies textbook, a 2020 Census update, and community events of interest.

An Invitation to Write for Digital Appalachian Studies Textbook
Faculty at Eastern Kentucky University are planning to develop a new digital textbook for Appalachian studies.  It is aimed at undergraduates. The call mentions The Great Migration as a topic but our concern is that we not lose the integration of down-home and urban Appalachian concerns that we have achieved in the last 40 years of Appalachian scholarship.

If you are a writer or scholar interested in submitting a piece to be considered, please reach out to Mike Maloney ( Members of our Research Committee can potentially serve as consultants to down-home and uptown writers regarding Urban Appalachian research and content. The UACC Research Committee will serve as helpers and advocates in this important effort.

Our bibliography https://uacvoice.orgsearch/ will be a great help to you as will that of the Appalachian Studies Association

The deadline for abstracts is December 15. Essays are due April 15, 2021.

Some things to consider:
  • Each article is to be 3,000-5,000 words
  • Geared to undergraduates
  • Each must be an original not previously published article
  • This text will be broadly interdisciplinary
  • We cannot promise your offering will be accepted, but since the publication will be digital there is no set limit to the number of articles or pages
'Hillbilly Elegy' movie sparks backlash about portrayal of Appalachia and addiction - The Hill

Netflix released its trailer for the upcoming 'Hilbilly Elegy' film. Read about some of the praise and criticism of this book and, likewise, film has received from their portrayal of Appalachia.

Read about it HERE.
United is the Way: A story of hope and healing

A grandmother trying to replace lost income and keep her family financially stable... 

A construction worker who made $200 a day and now finds himself unemployed... 

A veteran trying to maintain consistent employment and meet basic needs... 

A grandmother worried about the pandemic’s effect on her grandchildren’s mental health and development... 

These are all stories of COVID-19. This documentary aired on WCPO Channel 9 last Thursday. Watch the full documentary HERE.



2020 Census Update

The 2020 Census officially ended October 15, 2020. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, well over 9.99% of housing units have been accounted for. Paper responses postmarked by October 15 will be accounted for. Nonresponse Followup census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating,, as well as all external and internal guidance to reflect the schedule update.
Calling all AmeriCorps Alumni
The AmeriCorps Alumni Election Integrity Project is a nonpartisan group looking to utilize the extensive Americorps Alumni network to mobilize people to volunteer to work at polling locations. This is a great opportunity for Alumni to help defend democracy and show up to ensure a safe and fair election.

They are asking all AmeriCorps alumni who aren't at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 to sign up at   

Colligan Project's Oline Discussion: Pandemics in Historical Perspective

Monday, October 26, @ 7PM

Colligan Project is proud to present Pandemics in Historical Perspective, an online discussion panel jointly hosted with the Menard Family Center for Democracy's "Dialogues on Democracy" series. 

For more information, & to register, please visit their events page at
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