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Mtn. Talk Monday: In the Trenches of Social and Economic Transition

Mtn. Talk Monday: In the Trenches of Social and Economic Transition

Many rural and inner city communities around the country are facing the need for social and economic transition.  As we all deal with issues of failing industry in America, what many call “brain drain” or the leaving of our young people in search for opportunity, or uneasy race relations, you’ll find many of the stories we can share reflect one another whether you live in Central Appalachia or the Bronx.
On July 14-18, Appalshop and Imagining America, a national consortium of 100 colleges and universities based at Syracuse University in rural upstate New York, co-hosted a gathering. 45 people — faculty, students, and community members — sponsored by nine institutions of higher education from Oregon to Ontario,Canada to Florida came to Whitesburg and Letcher County to learn about the economic revival just beginning in our mountains. The participants’ goal was to take lessons home.
In this episode of Mountain Talk Monday, some of those who made the trip speak about what motivates and challenges them to work for better economic, political, and cultural opportunities for everyone back in their home towns.

From Left to Right: Marion Rossi, Jamie Haft (in back), Kerri-Ann Sutherland, Sonia Manjon, and Hunter Briggs Performing Our Future Institute 2016
From Left to Right: Marion Rossi, Jamie Haft (in back), Kerri-Ann Sutherland, Sonia Manjon, and Hunter Briggs
Performing Our Future Institute 2016

Mountain Talk is WMMT’s twice-weekly community space for conversation, airing each Monday & Wednesday from 6-7 p.m.  Mountain Talk programs focus on a variety of topics related to life in the mountains, including: food, community issues, art, health, and more.  Click here to hear past programs.

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arts & culture,
business,
economic transition,
economy,
small business,
tourism,
youth voice,

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