By Linda Coutant
BOONE—“After Coal,” a feature-length film created through Appalachian State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies, premieres on two continents this spring.
The hour-long film was shown at New Jersey’s Princeton Environmental Film Festival and Ohio’s Athens International Film Festival in April. On May 27, it will premiere at Wales’ Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye in the United Kingdom, featuring the music of two Appalachian alumni who assisted with the film’s production and soundtrack.
BOONE—Ryan Gillespie has big ideas to improve the commuter experience in Boone. Gillespie, a senior sustainable technology major in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, is passionate about what he calls “responsible transportation.” His goal is to help revolutionize the way citizens commute by studying how a small group of students, faculty and staff use electric bikes over a six-month period, and apply this data to facilitate a local e-bike rental service.
Lecture rescheduled for April 21 at 5:30pm
BOONE—Laura Wright, author of “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” will speak March 24 at 7 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. Her talk is titled “Imagining Vegan Studies: English, Activism, and Animals.”
BOONE—Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to discuss ways to build a more resilient and just local food system at the 2016 Food Summit at Appalachian State University on Saturday, April 2. The theme of this year’s summit is “Seeding Community Resilience.” Discussion topics include community gardening, seed-saving, improving food access and more.