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Donuts and Diversity: Expanding on Looking at Appalachia: A Panel on Intersectionality in Appalachian Photography

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
October 9th, 2017

WVU Libraries will host a discussion on Appalachian photography and identity on Friday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Downtown Campus Library’s Milano Reading Room.

The program will begin with short presentations exploring different ways of representation and discuss intersectionality with regard to identities exuded in photos of the people and places of Appalachia. Intersectionality reflects the idea that multiple identities intersect to create a whole and proposes that an individual’s personal character traits are intimately linked and therefore inform one’s complete identity.

The WVU Libraries’ exhibit Looking at Appalachia: Selected Images from 2014-2016 will serve as visible example and provide impetus for conversation. Panelists will include Cris Mayo, director, LGBTQ+ Center, Women Resources Center; Cari Carpenter, director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies; Jorge Castillo, program coordinator, LGBTQ+ Center; and Raymond Thompson, multi-media producer, documentary photographer. Carroll Wilkinson, director of Strategic Library Initiatives, will moderate the discussion.

Donuts & coffee will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring their own pictures of Appalachia and Appalachian people to donate to the West Virginia and Regional History Center archives. A WVRHC archives manager will be present to receive donations. For more information, email

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