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Appalachian Studies

The region of Appalachia encompasses a geographic area that stretches from New York to Alabama, composed of parts of thirteen states; West Virginia is the only state that is located completely within this geographic area. The Appalachian Studies Program at Shepherd University seeks to critically examine this region through a series of interrelated programs, all dedicated to a richer and fuller understanding of the region, its language, its lore, its history, and its cultural traditions: the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Project, the West Virginia Fiction Competition, the annual Anthology of Appalachian Writers, the Appalachian Heritage Festival, and the interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies Minor.


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