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"High Impact, Community-Based Learning: Practices for Teaching and Scholarship”
Service learning and community-based learning were identified as high impact educational practices by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in 2008. This instructional strategy is grounded in experiential learning with non-profit community partners who serve as co-educators, and research reports increased rates of student retention and student engagement when faculty use community-based learning.
Join Key Center team Kate Johnson, Amanda Wray, and Brandon Whiteside for an introduction to community-based learning and how to engage these strategies in your teaching and scholarship.
Robert Creeley was one of “the most important and influential American poets of the twentieth century." (1) He is also known as a “Black Mountain Poet” because of the time, in the mid-1950s, that he spent teaching at Black Mountain College, the avante-garde school hidden in the Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina. Creeley went on to publish over 60 books of poetry and taught at SUNY-Buffalo and Brown University. The Black Mountain College experience and its participants have received a great deal of scrutiny from historians, Creeley far from the least among them. Nevertheless, quite unknown are the two years that Creeley spent living on, and tutoring the owners’ children, of a South Coast coffee finca in Guatemala along with his wife, also an author and artist, Bobbie Louise Hawkins.
Creeley’s letters to friends like Alan Ginsburg, Ed Dorn, Charles Olson, and Amiri Baraka, poems written during that time, his comments made in interviews over the decades afterward, and a thinly veiled fictional account of those times written by Hawkins provide unique insight into life among that elite segment of Guatemala’s population in the years directly following the U.S. overthrow of the government there. More recently, my own research in Guatemala has yielded oral histories from the children, now grown and operating their respective plantations, adding much to the piecing together of the story of those times.
(1) Poetry Foundation
Since 2014 I have been researching and documenting how concerned citizens have worked to protect Bluff Mountain, one of Madison County’s highest peaks from large scale logging. My presentation will include some excerpts from the documentary I am producing titled: Bluff Mountain: The Rallying Cry.
More about the film:
In 1995, the small Appalachian town of Hot Springs fought back against the U.S. Forest Service to protect Bluff Mountain from large-scale logging by founding a music festival. The highest peak in Madison County, Bluff is home to rare flora and fauna, pristine headwaters and beautiful vistas. Residents of Bluff Mountain Betty and Bill Smith discovered the clear-cut markers while out on a walk one Sunday afternoon. From there the Bluff Mountain Coalition formed and a community of activists emerged. Twenty years later, the Bluff Mountain Music Festival is still a vibrant part of Hot Springs and acts as a reminder to the strength of the community. With the reemergence of this logging threat in 2015, as the U.S. Forest Service releases initial drafts for their next 20-year forest management plan, new strategies for resistance and activism have taken root. Excerpts from the film will include interviews with key activists involved in both fights.