Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Click to download a PDF of the schedule for Tuesday, March 12 (254KB, PDF)

Kickoff LectureMonday, March 11, 2019

Notes from the Field: Some Recent Geologic and Climate Change Impacts on Nepal’s Glaciers

Alton C. Byers

Senior Research Associate and Faculty
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
University of Colorado Boulder

Monday, March 11
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Turchin Center Lecture Hall, Room 1102

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has kindly opened the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition exhibit on the second floor following Alton C. Byer's Kickoff Lecture until 7:30 pm. We will enjoy a light reception, and a cash bar will be available. 

photo by Alton Byers (Photograph by Alton C. Byers)

  • The symposium takes place on Tuesday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. with an evening celebration of Appalachian literature, music, and dance from 8:00 - 10:00  p.m.

  • All presentations are on the 4th Floor of Plemmons Student Union and are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available.

  • All presenters, unless otherwise noted, are affiliated with Appalachian State University.

  • Contact Katherine Ledford, symposium chair, at with questions. 

First Keynote Address

8:30-9:15 a.m., Tuesday, 3/12

Parkway Ballroom 420

Mountain Regions in Historical Interaction: Alps and Appalachia

Jon Mathieu, University of Lucerne

Welcome and Introduction, Katherine Ledford


 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Parkway Ballroom 420 

1. Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Nepal Himalaya: New Challenges for the 21st Century (Alton C. Byers, University of Colorado, Boulder)

2. Working Animal Forestry in Appalachia and Beyond (Ian Snider and Chad Miano [Nickelsville, VA])

Rough Ridge 415

1. Public Health in Rural Appalachia: Developing Capacity through Collaboration between a Local Public Health District and Academia: The Perspective of Three Interns (Margaret Bennett, Caroline Shirley, and Mariska Watts)

2. African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia, 1900-1965 (Phoebe Pollitt)

Beacon Heights 417

1. “Y’all Ain’t from Around Here:” A Suburban-raised Urbanite Becomes a Rural Foster Parent (Susan Weinberg)

2. Understanding Key Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2018 Flooding and Landslides in Western North Carolina (Abie Bonevac)

3. Death in the Mountains (Cary Curlee)

Linn Cove 413

1. Application of the Principles of Universal Design to Evaluate Active-leisure Facilities Used by Baby Boomers: Examples from Seven Ski Resorts (Margot Olson)

2. Traversing the Mountains: Stories from Japan to Appalachia (Takahiro Omori)

4th Floor Common Area


1. Modeling the Effects of Vegetation Management on Floral Abundance and Bombus impatiens Population Dynamics (William Vannoy)

2. Pollinator Nest Webs: Elucidating the Succession of Species Associated with Below Ground Bumblebee Nests (Jaqueline Staab)

Coffee Break

10:45-11 a.m.




11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Parkway Ballroom 420

1. The Miners’ Next Step: The South Wales Miners’ Library and Communities After Coal (Siân F. Williams, Swansea University)

2. Relocating and Delocating Mountains in Silent Classical Cinema (Christian Quendler,University of Innsbruck)

3. Sustenance Mountains and Altar Mountains (Cheryl Claassen)

Rough Ridge 415

1. “Mountain Music” Worldwide: The Spread of Bluegrass Music around the Globe (Tim Stafford)

2. Plazas, Park Benches, and the Legacy of Song: Mountain Minstrels from the Alps to the Blue Ridge (Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand)

3. Disturbance Effects on Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians (Georgia Harrison, Michael Madritch)

Beacon Heights 417

1. The Future from Fleetwood: Sense of Place, the Commons, and ASU's Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm (Cody Miller)

2. Photo-Synthesis: Collaborative Use of PhotoVoice to Improve Food Security in Southern Appalachia (Laura Johnston)

3. From Appalachia to Pop-Culture: The History and Protection of Ramps (Morgan Gaglianese-Woody)

Linn Cove 413

1. Saying the Mountains with a Poem: Ron Rash’s Appalachia (Frédérique Spill, University of Picardy Jules Verne)

2. An Exploration of Mountain Studies Journals: Situating ASU's Appalachian Journal in the Lineup (Sandra Ballard)

3. Storytelling: Aunt Betts’ Chicken Tonic and Granny’s Pet Skunk (Naomi Faw)

Lunch (on your own)

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Second Keynote Address

1:00-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, 3/12

Parkway Ballroom 420

Constructing Mountains: The Specificity of Mountain Areas and Societies in Debate

Gilles Rudaz, University of Geneva




2:00-3:15 PM

Parkway Ballroom 420

1. Wales and Appalachia: Coal, Community, and Music (Thomas Hansell, Trevor McKenzie)

2. Mountain Dance and Song Traditions: From the Caucuses to Appalachia (Ian Kirkpatrick, Aaron Ratcliffe, Julie Shepherd-Powell, Nora Weatherby)

Rough Ridge 415

1. Nestled in the High Country: Understanding Botanical Diversity (Zack Murrell)

2. Floristics in the Amphibolite Mountains Macrosite (Andrew P. Jenkins and Zack Murrell)

3. Preliminary Analyses of the Flora of Grandfather Mountain (Ethan Hughes and Zack Murrell)

4. Investigations of the Forgotten Geum, Geum geniculatum Michx., Bent Avens (Marietta Day Shattelroe and Matt C. Estep)

5. Recreational Threats to Biodiversity in the High Country (Matt C. Estep)

Beacon Heights 417

1. Yoga Travelling: Seeking India from Boone to the Himalayas (Rebecca Long)

2. Gear for the Garhwal: Community Owned Eco-tourism and Rapid Mountain Disaster Response in India’s Himalayan Region (Ian Snider)

3. ASU's Hmong Society Club: Celebrating Mountain Connections between Southeast Asia and Southern Appalachia (Coua Yang, Becky Yang, Greg McClure)

Linn Cove 413

1. Spatial and Temporal Ozone Trends in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Implications for Plants and Natural Ecosystems (Howard Neufeld);

2.Warm Season Hydroclimatic Variability and Change in the Appalachian Region of the Southeastern U.S. from 1950 to 2018 (Timothy Kinlaw)

3. APPS Heritage Council: Immersing ASU Students in Appalachian Mountain Culture (Bubba Pfeffer, Krystal Carter, Chloe Lang, Morgan Timberlake, Devon McNair)

4th Floor Common Area


1.Microtopographic Control of Cliff-face Vegetational Communities in the Amphibolite Mountain Macrosite (Georgia Harrison) 

2. Export Crop Production as a Development Model: Impacts on Landholding in Guatemala’s Quetzaltenango Department (Jamie Hedrick)


Coffee Break

3:15-3:30 p.m.




3:30-4:45 p.m.

Parkway Ballroom 420

1. In the Roots of Wise Women: A Photographic Series of Women in Appalachia (Shauna Caldwell)

2. Fog Made of Light: A Creative Nonfiction Essay (Jennifer Westerman)

3. Photographing the New: A River and Its People (Joshua White)

Rough Ridge 415

1.Mountain/Appalachian Film: A Round Table (Christian Quendler [University of Innsbruck], Toney Frazier, Ellie Dudding, Joshua McClenney and J. W. Williamson)

2. Modern Moonshine: The Revival of White Whiskey in the Twenty-First Century (Bruce Stewart, Cameron Lippard)

Beacon Heights 417

1. Divine Peaks: Mountains in Mexico and New Spain (Laura Ammon)

2. Modern Mountain Top Ceremonies in Central Mexico (Cheryl Claassen)

3. Life on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro: The Native Chagga People, a Greek-Tanzanian Family, and Coffee Cultivation in a Time of Climate Change (Patricia D. Beaver)

Linn Cove 413

1. Bombus sylvicola Genetic Differentiation across the Central Rocky Mountains (Isabel Sullivan)

2. Experiential Learning in Southwestern China: Teaching and Observing in Sichuan (Christopher McCloud)

3. Black Mountain College: Progressive, Experimental Education in Appalachia, 1933-1957 (Joseph Bathanti)

4th Floor Common Area


1. Understanding Key Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2016 Drought and Wildfires in Western North Carolina (Lauren Andersen)

2. Managing Stormwater Runoff in Appalachia (Kristan Cockerill)

3. Benefits of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Control for Visitors to Western North Carolina Forests: Joint Estimation of Revealed and Stated Preference Data (John Whitehead)

Third Keynote Address

5:00-5:45 p.m., Tuesday, 3/12

Rough Ridge 415

A Mountains Manifesto? Toward the Historical Mountain Humanities

Dawn Hollis, University of St. Andrews

Click to download a PDF of the schedule for Tuesday, March 12 (254KB, PDF)

Evening Event (after dinner on your own)

8:00-10:00 p.m., Tuesday, 3/12

Parkway Ballroom 420

We will gather for an evening of Appalachian mountain literature, music, and dance. Joseph Bathanti will read a bit of his writing about mountains followed by the debut of the Appalachian Studies String Band (Alex Hooker, Trevor McKenzie, Aaron Ratcliffe, and Julie Shepherd-Powell). The Cole Mountain Cloggers* will perform.

Wear your dancing shoes! Dance callers John Turner and Jeff Atkins, director of Cole Mountain Cloggers, will get us moving in some traditional square dances and maybe a contra dance or two.  Jeff is a 2018 inductee into America's Clogging Hall of Fame. This event is free and open to the public.

*The Cole Mountain Cloggers is a youth dance team with members ranging in age from 10 to 21 preserving the Appalachian heritage of traditional Smooth Mountain Dance and Southern Appalachian Freestyle Clogging. Team members come from five Western North Carolina counties including Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey. The team is eleven-time North Carolina State Champions and most recently won the Ruth Jewell Trophy (2018) at the North Carolina State Fair Folk Festival for the team that best exemplifies the historical and entertainment purposes of the festival. The team has performed throughout the Southeast including: The Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, Shindig on The Green, Smoky Mountain Festival, Bluff Mountain Festival, Fiddler’s Grove, NC State Fair Folk Festival, NC Mountain State Fair Folk Festival, Disney World, Biltmore Estate, Grove Park Inn, Charlotte Speedway, and many others. Their moto is “Keeping A Mountain Tradition Thriving.”