Call for Posters for the Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium will be held Nov 28-30 at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  There will be a post presentation on Wednesday, Nov 29th sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives.

On the date of the conference (Thursday 11/29) posters must be ready and set up at the Smithfield Room, Inn at Virginia Tech by/before 8:30am and taken down by 12:30pm. Presenters should plan to be available, in attendance at the conference.

Proposals must include:

1) Cover sheet outlining the title of your presentation, and the following for each contributor – name, departmental/program affiliation, email address.

2) Abstract of your proposed poster – 200-275 words, title, and indication of the predicted stage of research by the date of the final presentation: formative, preliminary, in-progress, and completed, or some other relevant indicator.

 Submit proposals by email to Christian Matheis at no later than 5:00pm on Friday, November 10th. 



Community Voices Presents Amy Brooks



Amy Brooks is the Program Director and Dramaturg for Roadside Theater, the theater wing of Appalachian grassroots arts and media center Appalshop. She coordinates the ensemble’s core programmatic areas of New Play Creation, Community Cultural Development, Teaching in Colleges and Communities, and Advocacy; she also oversees special publishing, performance, and arts- and culture-based economic development projects and helps build, sharpen, and disseminate Roadside’s 40-year body of literature, keeping its “living library” at the fore of public discourse on arts and cultural equity. Her recent projects at Roadside and Appalshop include Performing Our Future, a collaboration with researchers from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life and economists from the Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project at Lafayette College, to discover how arts and culture can catalyze equitable development in communities with histories of economic exploitation; and co-editing Art in a Democracy: Selected Plays of Roadside Theater, a forthcoming two-volume anthology of nine original Roadside scripts framed by 11 critical essays which examine the plays in their dramaturgical, historical, and contemporary cultural contexts.

A 5th-generation West Virginian who returned to Appalachia just before the 2016 election cycle, Amy investigates the confluence of dramatic narrative (“What is the story we choose to tell onstage?”) and public narrative (“What is the story we are called upon to tell about ourselves, our community, and our future?”) in intercultural rural-urban performance. Amy holds a BFA in acting from West Virginia University and an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Congratulations to Dr. Lorien MacAuley!

It is with great pleasure that the committee for Lorien MacAuley announced the successful completion of her dissertation defense Monday, October 23rd.   The title of her dissertation was “On Farm Apprenticeships:  Labor Identities and Social Reproduction within Alternative Agrifood Movements”.  Her committee included:  Dr. Kim Niewolny (Chairman) (Agriculture Leadership Community Education), Dr. Thomas Archibald (Ariculture Leadership Ccommunity Education), Dr. Kwame Harrison, (Sociology), Dr. Max Stephenson, (Institute for Policy and Governance).

Congratulations to Dr. Lorien MacAuley for an excellent research project, documentation and presentation!

Kristin Kirk published

Kristin Kirk, PhD student in Planning, Globalization and Governance, had three of her articles (related to her research) published. The publications are The International Journal Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Nonprofit Management and Leadership and the Journal of Computer Information Systems. The series empirically examines how nonprofits utilize website technologies, both in an emerging market, Thailand, and in the United States, and question whether there is a framework that can analyze nonprofit websites for quality or benchmarking purposes. The research only not only describes the current use, but also builds and analyzes a framework based on a stage model theory. This framework is subsequently tested against a commercial assessment tool to assess how these two evaluation tools relate to each other.

Congratulations Kristin!

Community Change Journal

Call for papers

We are excited to announce a new call for papers for a themed issue of the journal Community Change | Vol.2, No.2 (2018). The topic is:

Pursuing Democratic Community Change in the Time of Trump Key Dates:

  •  Submission deadline – December 18, 2017
  • Author notification of selection – January 8, 2018
  • Online publication – May 2018

Please submit preliminary articles of the chosen format to

For submission information, please visit: