Appalachia: Contemporary Portrayals

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Elizabeth Catte (What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia), Steven Stoll (Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia), and Wendy Welch (Fall or Fly: The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia), discuss stereotypes and realistic views of life in rural Appalachia.

Why should you attend?

“Fiercely argued and solidly grounded, this [What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia] is an excellent primer on understanding and resisting the common distortions about Appalachia’s past and present.”  —Anthony Harkins, author, Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon

“Stoll identifies [Appalachian poverty], correctly, as a consequence of dispossession. By giving it a distinct pedigree, he helps readers understand why Appalachia became poor and why it has stayed that way for so long . . . He is an appealing writer . . . Stoll’s insights on how Appalachia became what it is today are an important corrective to flawed commentary about a much-maligned place.” ―Sarah Jones, Publishers Weekly

“Fall or Fly is a compelling, unvarnished glimpse into the complex world of foster care and adoption in modern-day Appalachia. Dr. Welch provides readers with a multifaceted view of the system through the eyes of children, foster parents, and caseworkers. It will surely become a treasured resource, not only for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents but for those who desire a more complete understanding of the foster care system.”—Senator Bill Carrico, Virginia State Legislature