IUP Appalachian Studies Summer Field School

Fri, 7 Oct 1994 18:30:53 -0400

Globalization is changing the face of American society. New
forms of production and new international trade and investment
agreements are transforming how nation-states and local,
regional, and national economies operate. The Northern
Appalachian region, including Pennsylvania, has weathered many of
the negative effects of the alterations. Since the late 1970s it
has been hit hard by plant closings, mine closings, and
reductions in social services. Indiana County, for example, once
boasting an unemployment level of 4% in the late 1970s, found
itself experiencing double digit unemployment throughout the
1980s and early 1990s and a decline in population.

This Appalachian Studies field school will seek to foster an
understanding of these processes by pursuing an interdisciplinary
approach that will take into account the role of race, gender,
class, ethnicity, and the environment within a regional and
global context. It will feature one week of intensive classroom
training at IUP and two weeks of supervised on-site field work in
a host community. Participants will have the opportunity to
sharpen interviewing and documentation skills through the use of
audio and video recording and photography.

Field work for the 1995 project will take place in and around the
Cambria County community of Portage Pa.

For more information contact:

Jim Dougherty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
History & Sociology
IUP Folklife Documentation Center
Department of History
Indiana, Pa. 15705

phone: (412) 357-2436 or 2284
fax: (412) 357-6478
e-mail: wturxxa@grove.iup.edu