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Appalachian Studies Association National Conference, 2012

All roads in Appalachian studies led north to Indiana on March 23–25, when IUP hosted the Appalachian Studies Association's 35th annual national conference. Themed "The Wide Reach of Appalachia," the conference brought together more than 700 scholars and spotlighted IUP's pioneering work in northern Appalachian studies. 


Robert Cahalan, NASA, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, discussed productive solutions to the global warming crisis in "Appalachian Impacts of Global Warming: Reasons for Hope.”


Si Kahn the legendary Appalachian folk singer, songwriter, and actvist for workers' rights gave the keynote address. Kahn is a State College, Pa., native.


Members of the audience in Eberly Auditorium, where many conference presentations were held.


English professor Jim Cahalan was conference program chair.


Joe Richard, Tim Gorman, Tiffany Carter, and Courtney Henry were among the scores of undergraduate and graduate students who worked  on a volunteer basis or presented at the conference.


Conference attendees Nan Cook, Jim Cook, Helen McDowell, Helen Yesolivich, and John Trokan (not shown) played an informal jam session outside Eberly.


Photos: Keith Boyer