When looking at the 18th century, what region of North America did two European superpowers, along with their colonists, and Native peoples fight over for the destiny of what would later become known as the United States of America? What area was the central location for the largest citizens’ uprising against the newly formed United States prior to the Civil War? Where did some of the largest strikes in the history of the country take place? What place is known in American history as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution? What was the birthplace of the author of the book that inspired the development of the modern environmental movement? What famous 1960’s Pop Art guru was born and raised in that area? This region’s major city—Pittsburgh, called “The Paris of Appalachia” in the title of a recent book—is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost centers of high-tech medicine. Where is this interesting and exciting place located? If you are an IUP student, that region is where you are currently living and studying in—it’s called Northern Appalachia (pronounced “Appuh-LATCH-uh”).
By providing answers to the above questions, Dr. Jim Dougherty, director of the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, will introduce students to the many cultural and historical contributions residents of the Northern Appalachian region have made to the nation. He will also talk about the upcoming Appalachian Studies Association national conference that his center is hosting at IUP this coming March 23–25 (Friday to Sunday). If you’re interested in finding out more about the region in which you are living—whether it’s bluegrass music, clogging, moonshine, folk art, the polka, labor strikes, or the Appalachian Studies Association’s featured keynote speaker and internationally popular folksinger and activist Si Kahn, who will be providing a concert at Fisher Auditorium during the conference—please attend Dr. Dougherty’s Six O’clock presentation.