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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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About the Y'ALL Committee

Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners (Y’ALL) is a committee within the Appalachian Studies Association. We seek to facilitate connections and relationships between young people in Appalachia, provide opportunities for professional advancement and training, as well as encourage lifelong scholarship and activism in the region. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that breaks down walls between institutions and encourages engagement, leadership, and collegiality.

To accomplish this mission, we commit to sponsoring professional development panels, meetings, trainings, mixers, and a roommate matching service at every annual ASA conference. We’re just getting started, and we would love for you to be involved!


Check out our Summer 2015 newsletter to find out about Y'ALL opportunities.

2016 Conference

Y’ALL will be sponsoring the following special events at ASA 2016:

  • Saturday March 19th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. “Y’ALL Comm. Meet and Eat,” Dining Hall. All those interested in the work of Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners are invited to attend our annual meeting. Dinner with vegetarian options provided.
  • Saturday, March 19th, 9:30 p.m. Y’ALL/STAY/IG2BYITM Mixer, Town Run Brewing Company, 202 E. Washington St. Join Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners, Stay Together Appalachian Youth, and It’s Good to Be Young in the Mountain folks to socialize, network, and learn about the work of other young people doing important work in the region.
  • T-shirts! Y’ALL will be sponsoring a screen-printing station at the conference. Bring tshirts, sweatshirts, canvas bags, or any other items you would like printed! Donations for scholarship funds will be accepted at the printing station.

During the conference join us for two Y’ALL Sponsored Roundtable Discussions:<

  • Y’ALL Professional Advancement Roundtable
    Saturday, March 19th, 10:00-11:15
    Katie Teal, chair |

    Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners is a committee seeking to connect young people in Appalachia by breaking past the walls of institutions and encouraging engagement, leadership, activism, and collegiality among young people in Appalachia. This roundtable will focus on professional advancement with the intention of providing attendees with knowledge of resources to be successful in their professional and scholarly endeavors within Appalachia. In this panel we will support efforts of young people to more fully, understand professional development within the trans-disciplinary world of Appalachian Studies. This roundtable hopes to broaden and deepen critical discussions about the unique places and work Appalachian scholars, artists and activists navigate. Guests participating in this conversational, intergenerational roundtable include: Steve Fisher, Robert Gipe, Lora Smith, Sandy Ballard, and Shaunna Scott.

  • Building an Intersectional Youth Movement in Appalachia
    Sunday, March 20th 10:45-12:00
    Kendall Bilbrey, chair |

    Across the Central Appalachian region, young people are working together to build inclusive communities. Groups like the STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) and YALL (Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners) are working together to form regional networks that intentionally hold space for youth voices in Appalachia. We realize that our panel does not represent every perspective of building inclusive communities and intersectionality in youth movement work. We encourage those voices often left out such as youth of color, queer and transgender youth, and low-income youth to come and participate in our discussion. Please join us!

2015 Conference

The first annual Y’ALL Professional Development Workshops Series--session 7.09- about "The Art of Conferencing: Proposing, Presenting, and Politicking." This workshop/panel was designed to teach students and young professionals new to the field how to go about submitting, presenting, and operating at a conference. We looked at a paper submitted by Adam Sheffield, "The Silver Racer in Frank X. Walker's 'Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride,'" to give him some feedback and learn from his research. We also talked about abstracts, proposals, and mentors. We hope to have several more workshops like this in the future, and actively seek volunteers and feedback. Thanks to the Education Committee & Awards Committee, especially Emily Satterwhite and Barry Whittemore for making this happen.

Y'ALL Comm. Meet. event (Y'ALL Committee Meeting) on Saturday evening at 5:30 in "The Cave" at ETSU. 50+ people in attendance. This was our first organizational meeting as a group. We provided a Giant Spud Bar (baked potato buffet) sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University and an anonymous donor who wishes to support this conversation.

Y’ALL Mixer at approximately 10 pm, Saturday in the bar at Wellington's, located in the Carnegie Hotel right across from ETSU, was successful in facilitating discussions and informal conversations between different groups within Y’ALL.


Y'ALL Committee Report July 2015

Y'ALL Committee Report July 2014


The Art of Conferencing: Proposing, Presenting, and Politicking

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