October 25, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Ping Teacher Workshop | Culture and Coal in Appalachia, Nov. 19

Old photo of coal miners in Appalachia

The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities presents a free one-day workshop for secondary teachers on Culture and Coal in Appalachia on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Ohio University.

The workshop features Dr. Geoff Buckley and Robert Gipe.

The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 7. To register, please email your name, home address, email address and school affiliation to For more information, contact Bryan Baur at 740-593-2100 or

Buckley, Professor of Geography at Ohio University, is the author of Extracting Appalachia and Mountains of Injustice. He will explore Appalachia’s past, present and future, focusing on the following themes: the “invention” of Appalachia; settlement and migration; resource extraction and environmental alteration; and cultural diversity and cultural stereotypes.

The session will feature a Skype discussion with Gipe, award-winning Appalachian author of Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2015). The workshop is free and each participant will receive a copy of Trampoline.

In the afternoon there will be a screening of the film Stranger with a Camera about the 1967 murder of Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor in eastern Kentucky. First released in 1999, the film is directed by Elizabeth Barret.


9:00-9:30 a.m.—Welcome, Coffee, Registration

9:30-10:30 a.m.—Lecture – Appalachia: An American Region

10:30-11 a.m.—Discussion of Trampoline by Robert Gipe

11:00 a.m.-noon—Skype with author Robert Gipe

noon-1 p.m.—Lunch on your own

1-3 p.m.—Watch and discuss film Stranger with a Camera



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