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Alexis Meza: Artist and Activist

Alexis Meza is a visual artist and co-founder of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, a network that helps immigrant youth access higher education. She’ll be a featured presenter at the 2018 Summer Symposium.

Congratulations, Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellows!

Congratulations and thanks to our Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellows, Tori DeLeone and Rachel Childs. Both successfully defended their theses to earn MAs in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Gravy Tamales for your Derby weekend

Think the foods of the Kentucky Derby are ham biscuits and Derby Pie? Try tacos and tamales. Get ready for the Kentucky Derby this weekend by listening to an early episode of Gravy that takes you deep behind the scenes at Southern racetracks.

Crystal Wilkinson addresses Land Promises

Crystal Wilkinson is the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College. She’ll present on land promises at the 2018 Summer Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky.

2018 Summer Symposium features poet Frank X Walker

Frank X Walker, a speaker at the 2018 Summer Symposium, is a professor at the University of Kentucky and a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. He is a former Kentucky Poet Laureate who has authored nine poetry collections, including his latest, Inkstains & Watermarks: New and Uncollected Poems.

Ashley C. Smith: Cofounder of Black Soil: Our Better Nation

Ashley C. Smith is the co-founder of Black Soil: Our Better Nation, a combination of farm tours, farm-to-table dinners, and workshops with the mission to reconnect black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture. She’ll speak at the 2018 Summer Symposium.

Ronni Lundy and her Old Kentucky Home

Ronni Lundy has long chronicled the people of the hillbilly diaspora as a journalist and cookbook author. Hear her present on Beans and Buns and Other Kentucky Talismans at the Summer Symposium in Lexington.