Living Social Justice in Appalachia by Helen M. Lewis,

Edited by Patricia D. Beaver and Judith Jennings, University of Kentucky Press

Often referred to as the leader of inspiration in Appalachian studies, Helen Matthews Lewis linked scholarship with activism and encouraged deeper analysis of the region. Lewis shaped the field of Appalachian studies by emphasizing community participation and challenging traditional perceptions of the region and its people. This book connects Lewis’s works to wider social movements by examining the history of progressive activism in Appalachia, including her long connection to the Highlander Center. 260 pages. 2012


You can see Helen Lewis and co-editor Judith Jennings in Brooklyn on July 1st
hosted by the Arts and Democracy Project,
5 – 6 pm Gathering and Book Signing, 6 – 7 pm Reading and Discussion,
Couleur Café, 435 Seventh Ave at 15th St, Park Slope,
Party to follow at Commonwealth, 497 Ave at 12th St, Park Slope


Transforming Places: Lessons From Appalachia

Edited by Steve Fisher and Barbara Ellen Smith, University of Illinois Press

Transforming Places illuminates widely relevant lessons about building coalitions and movements with sufficient strength to challenge corporate-driven globalization. 17 contributions from a wide range of organizers, activists and scholars engaged in organizing and supporting change work in Appalachia provide much food for thought. 336 pages, 2012.



VIVA Community Arts and Popular Education

Edited by Deborah Barndt, SUNY Press

This book records the compelling case studies of groups in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States, and Canada using the arts for education, community development, and social movement building. With over 100 photographs and a video DVD, this book will inform and inspire students, artists, and activists. 188 pages, 2011.



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