Strange as this Weather Has Been Events 2013-2014
Wed. January 29: 6:00 pm – Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
Native Plant Talk
In the Common Reading, Strange As This Weather Has Been, native plant lore, harvesting methods, and medicinal uses are important cultural knowledge for many of the characters. Often these skills are passed down from generation to generation. Local herbalist, Amanda Adkins, will identify beneficial Appalachian plant species and share some time-honored wisdom practiced by trained herbalists.
February 21 – 7:00 pm – Reynolds Hall
Film “Coal Country” with discussion led by executive producer, Mari-Lynn Evans. Free & open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program, Shepherdstown Film Society, and Coal Country Tours.
March 20th – “Going Viral”
Lecture at 5pm with Eric Waggoner, followed by a panel discussion on the “Environmental Ethics of Mining Coal” at 6pm with Mary Ann Hitt, Sean O’Leary, and Mark Madison. Come to either or both events. Refreshments will be provided. Free & Open to All.
A West Virginian’s Response to the Freedom Industries Chemical Spill:
Social Media, Mass Media, and Local Activism
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 p.m. Byrd CLS Auditorium - Shepherd University
Free and Open to the Public
ERIC WAGGONER’S essay “Elemental,” originally posted on his private blog Cultural Slagheap, has been tweeted, reposted, or reprinted by Huffington Post, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, WV Public Broadcasting, CNN, ABC, and Reader’s Digest, among other print and online venues.
Eric is Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture at West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon WV. He has been a contributing cultural writer for the New Times, Metro Times, and Village Voice and is currently a masthead writer for Magnet magazine.
Thursday, March 20th - 6:00 pm in the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
Panel Discussion on The Environmental Ethics of Mining Coal in Appalachia with 3 guest speakers: Mary Ann Hitt (Director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign); Mark Madison (environmental ethics scholar); and Sean O’Leary (Columnist and blogger -- author of "The State of My State" newspaper column ). Co-sponsored by The Shepherd University Common Reading Program & the George Washington Institute for Living Ethics (GWILE)
April 11 – 7:00 pm – Reynolds Hall
Film “Hollow” with discussion led by director, Elaine McMillion. Free & open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program, Shepherdstown Film Society, and Coal Country Tours.
Thursday, September 5th –7:00 p.m. @ Erma Ora Byrd Auditorium.
Film: Aerial America: West Virginia – Co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program and the American Conservation Film Festival. We’ll show this high-definition Smithsonian Channel film showcasing our state as viewed from the air, including stunning views of both awesome natural beauty and manmade environmental destruction. Post film refreshments will be provided, as well as a short Q&A segment and maps on display courtesy of local satellite mapping sleuths, SkyTruth. Free & open to the public. Contact (304) 876-5461 for more information.
Monday, September 16th – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @ Scarborough Library
Third Annual Library Breakfast on the Porch – The Library will host a free breakfast on the porch, featuring silver dollar pancakes, biscuits, fruit, and juice, with bluegrass musical entertainment and more. Stop by for a delicious start to your day!
Tuesday, September 17th: - 7:30 p.m. @ Reynolds Hall
“The Mountain Came Alive: Creating Contemporary Music and Stories rooted in Traditional Appalachia”
Champion liar and professional storyteller, Adam Booth will deliver his latest original folktale about a fictional Appalachian village where the mountains are being destroyed, spells of enchantment are cast, and heritage and history are of paramount importance. Some parts of the story also incorporate live musical performance by Booth. Free & open to the public. Contact (304) 876-5461 for more information.
3-Day West Virginia Coal Country Tour with Shepherd’s Lifelong Learning Program – contact (304) 876-5315 for more information.
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd : 6:00 p.m. @ Byrd CLS Auditorium
Tuesday, November 5th: 4:30-7:30 p.m. @ Shepherd Univ. Dining Hall
Common Reading Themed Dinner featuring menu items from the Appalachian region including trout, pepperoni rolls, ramps, and more! Free to students with a Shepherd meal plan; $7.50 for non-meal plan students and the general public. Grab a bite to eat before the 7:00pm Ann Pancake lecture! Contact (304) 876-5149 for more information.
Tuesday, November 5th – 7:00 p.m. @ Frank Center Theater
Ann Pancake Lecture & Book-Signing– Ann Pancake is a native West Virginian and the author of this year’s common reading, Strange As This Weather Has Been. She grew up in Romney, West Virginia and graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University. She obtained her M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. Her short stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and Antietam Review; she has also published creative non-fiction and scholarly articles. Her numerous awards include the Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Fiction, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writers' Fellowship Grant, and scholarship and teaching awards. She presently lives in Seattle, WA and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University. Free & open to the public. Contact (304) 876-5461 for more information.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 - 11:00 am – 12:30 pm - Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium
Common Reading Open Reading Event: Share your favorite passage from Ann Pancake’s novel, “Strange As This Weather Has Been” (or a related work), and tell us briefly why it holds meaning for you or what made it stand out. Kendra Adkins, of 4 Seasons Bookstore, will lead a book discussion about some of the key themes in the book.
Come and go as needed – Open to All - Faculty are encouraged to bring their class as a group if possible.
Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:00 pm in Byrd CLS Auditorium
Native Plant Talk with local herbalist, Amanda Adkins
In the Common Reading, Strange As This Weather Has Been, native plant lore, harvesting methods, and medicinal uses are important cultural knowledge for many of the characters; often these skills are passed down from generation to generation. Join local herbalist, Amanda Adkins, as she identifies some beneficial Appalachian plant species, and shares her knowledge of this time-honored wisdom.