Appalachian Studies

A creek with rocks
 A foggy trail out in a forrest
 A male playing an instrument with his hands

Miami University Regionals Appalachian Studies program is excited to announce multiple free events for the fall of 2019.  

For more information call Matthew Smith at 513-785-3175. Appalachian Studies programs are free and open to the public.

Country Music Preview

A new Ken Burns documentary coming soon to PBS

Tuesday, September 10 | 6:30 pm Live Music, 7:00 pm Film Screening
Hamilton Campus, Parrish Auditorium
1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Join Appalachian Studies for a country music event co-sponsored by ThinkTV. We will enjoy live music with local band the Corndrinkers, a 40-minute screening of Country Music, and a discussion panel of local experts on our region’s contributions to country music. The full documentary of Country Music will premiere on your local PBS station: ThinkTV 16 and CET 48 beginning September 15th. Country Music is an eight-part 16-hour series directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey. The documentary explores the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues, and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.


4 figures standing on a stage with an American flag in the background.

Screening of The Mountain Minor

Wednesday, October 16 | 6:00pm
Miriam G. Knoll Community Center • Johnston Hall, Room 142 | Middletown Campus
4200 N. University Blvd. Middletown, Ohio 45042

The Mountain Minor is a powerful and artful film that illuminates the real and heartfelt human stories that have shaped the old-time music, ballad, and bluegrass traditions still cherished today. This film will be extremely meaningful for Appalachian migrants and folks who have Appalachian ancestry, and it will capture the imagination of those who are new to the tradition of Appalachian music. Young musicians and music enthusiasts will gain new perspectives on the old time and bluegrass music genres.

A boy standing on a wood pole holding an instrument in his hand.

The Myths and Realities of Appalachian Englishes

Thursday, November 7 | 5:00 pm
Hamilton Campus, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, OH 45011

Have you ever heard someone say that people from the Appalachian Mountains sound like Shakespeare? Or maybe you’ve been told that the language spoken there is frozen in time? Dr. Jennifer Cramer, associate professor and chair of linguistics at the University of Kentucky, will address misconceptions about the linguistic varieties employed by Appalachians, which have hidden the vibrant and dynamic nature of their language and helped to perpetuate the idea that speakers of these dialects are old-fashioned and backward. This talk examines the myths and realities surrounding Appalachian Englishes by providing evidence that these varieties, like all others, are constantly changing.


Dr. Jennifer Cramer.