Appalachian Land Ownership Study Teach-In 2017: An Invitation to Co-create the New Tennessee Land Study
In January I posted a piece about the Appalachian Land Ownership Study that was conducted in the late 1970s across five states in the central Appalachian region. I also noted that a new study was just starting in the region in order to revisit these issues to understand what has changed and not changed over the past 35 years since the first study was completed.
I am pleased to announce the first open community event related to the new land study being conducted in Tennessee. A team of activists, scholars and community members from across East Tennessee have been developing the curriculum for a one-day teach-in to familiarize participants about the past land study and to invite them to help co-create the new activities for the study which will be happening in Tennessee over the next 2-3 years.
The event will be held this coming Saturday, May 20th, at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee, from 11am-4pm.
According to the organizing team, “This teach-in will be the first step in the process of gathering input from across the region, and training and empowering citizens to do the work of the study in their own communities. We will share information about past land studies and ways to do the work, and will collect feedback from Tennesseans about what they want to know about who owns their communities.”
Among the goals of the teach-in will be:
The organizers have prepared learning materials about the old and new land studies, which can previewed by visiting:
For more information please contact organizers Adam Hughes at (865) 249-7488 or Bonnie Swinford at (865) 755-0095.
To register for the event, please visit: tiny.cc/TNLandStudy.
Felix is the founder and director of Empyrean Research. Based in Tennessee, he travels widely with his work for Empyrean.
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