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FSU Students to Conduct Listening Project on Fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:22

Frostburg State University students are partnering with the Savage River Watershed Association to engage in a listening project to document local hopes and concerns regarding proposed unconventional natural gas extraction in western Maryland.  While there has been much debate about drilling here, there has been little effort to assess and document public opinion.  Modeling their work after similar successful projects in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, students and members of the Savage River Watershed Association believe that an awareness of public opinion on the issue will be beneficial to State and local government officials and county planners as the region continues to debate the role of gas development in the State. 

Two FSU classes will work on this project throughout the academic year in Fall 2014 "Folklore in Appalachia" and Spring 2015 "Sociology of the Environment."  Both courses are taught by Associate Professor Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas of FSU's Sociology Department. Students will be trained to listen, record, and respect a full range of opinions and attitudes while avoiding imposing an agenda or opinion-based approach to the topic.  

Students are currently scheduling community listening days in Frostburg, Mt. Savage, Finzel, Lonaconing, Westernport and Grantsville and are encouraging area residents to stop by a share their opinions. Working in teams, students will also be doing a limited amount of door to door interviews in some areas. A full listing of community listening events and selected neighborhoods will be available on the Project’s Blog and updated regularly. Research results will also be shared on the Blog with a full report of the findings made available in May 2015. Plans are also underway to host a public event sharing the findings in late Spring. 

The project is one of a number of experiential learning projects in the Appalachian region supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Teaching Project administered through East Tennessee State University. In December, FSU students will join participants from more than fifteen regional institutions to share their work with ARC representatives. In March, students will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee, to present a summary of their findings at the annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Association. 

If your organization is interested in hosting a listening event or if you are interested in learning more about ...

State, City and FSU Celebrate Community of Brownsville With Dedication Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:45

To pay homage to an important piece of Frostburg’s history, the state of Maryland and the city of Frostburg proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, as a day to honor Brownsville, the African-American community that existed where FSU now stands. FSU will host a dedication ceremony in recognition of Brownsville on Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. on the Upper Quad of the FSU campus. The event is free and open to the p...ublic.

Determined to give the African-American children of Frostburg an education, Tamar Brown, a woman who was freed from slavery after the Civil War, purchased a lot in 1866 and had a one-room schoolhouse built on it. The school, which came to be known as Lincoln School, served as a magnet for the African-American families of Frostburg, and the community that grew around it ...

Queen City Film Festival Announces Educational Panels PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allegany Allied Arts   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:45
On Thursday, October 2, and Friday, October 3, the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will present educational panels from 2-4pm.
The Thursday, October 2, festival program kicks off with the Appalachian category, and Thursday’s educational panel will be dedicated to Appalachian subjects. The program will encompass the following subject areas: â€śDefining Appalachia” and “Pop Culture and Appalachian Stereotypes”.
Thursday's panel will be hosted by Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas, an Associate Professor of Folklore and Sociology at Frostburg State University. Her work as a Folklorist is supported in part through a grant from Maryland Traditions, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Her areas of ...
FSU to Explore Appalachian Issues, Activism at Appalachian Festival Symposium PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 September 2014 08:40
Silas HouseAs part of the annual Appalachian Festival, Frostburg State University will host a film festival and afternoon symposium on Appalachian topics. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Unveiling Appalachian Otherness and Stories for Change.” It is free and open to the public.
The film festival will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 31 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The symposium will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 9 p.m. on the Upper Quad of FSU’s campus.
The symposium will emphasize stories that rarely make the headlines – stories of racial, ethnic and sexual diversity in the region; stories of exploitation and marginalization in the coal fields; stories of environmental and social injustice and efforts addressing ...
FSU Celebrates Region's Unique Culture with Appalachian Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 September 2014 06:00

Appalachian Festival LogoFrostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its ninth year from Thursday, Sept. 18, to Saturday, Sept. 20. The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the region unique – its history, culture, music, food and more – with performances, workshops, displays, discussions and activities.

The festival will kick off Thursday night with the screening of “Triple Divide,” a film about fracking in Pennsylvania. Through personal stories, expert interviews and investigation of state case files, “Triple Divide” tells a cautionary tale about a public agency meant to protect the public and environment that is instead protecting industry. The screening, which is free and open to ...

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