ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Music & Dance Club will present “Appalachia Through Story, Song and Symposium” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in Robbins Memorial Chapel. The evening will feature live music and stories, a film on the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and community conversation.
Admission is $5 for the general public and free to those with a D&E ID. No reservations are required.
The event begins with music and stories by musicians, folklorists and historians Michael and Carrie Kline.
At 8 p.m. is a showing of “In the Hills and Hollows,” a documentary film by Keely Kernan that depicts how the boom and bust of the coal industry in West Virginia is being replaced by the natural gas industry. Kernan investigates the impacts that fossil fuel-based mono-economies have on local communities and provides a look into the lives of several West Virginia residents whose lives have been affected by the industries.
Kernan is an award winning freelance photographer and filmmaker who grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in south central Pennsylvania. She has produced work for publications such as the Guardian, The Huffington Post, CCTV Africa and the Miami Herald among others.
A discussion on the environmental, economic and cultural impacts of energy extraction will follow the film. The evening will conclude with a reception.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.