“About 15 percent of Americans live in rural counties. While rural America offers many opportunities, it also faces unique and difficult challenges in sustaining its economic base and providing quality healthcare and other social services. The Rural America Week brings the Ohio University community together to discuss core issues in rural America and look for ways to strengthen it.”—College of Arts & Sciences Forum
Ohio University Libraries will host an exhibit titled “Wealth and Poverty in Rural America” from Feb. 6 through Mar. 10 on the fourth floor of Alden Library.
Curated by Araba Dawson-Andoh, Africana librarian, and Dr. Anna Rachel Terman, assistant professor of sociology, the exhibit features images, sources and documentary materials that surround Southeastern Ohio. Some of these items include farm equipment models, Rural Action Food Guides, images of Appalachian youth organizations, newspaper clippings of discrimination lawsuits on race, ethnicity and gender, as well as various maps, charts and books—all of which help us to better understand rural America and its people, places and issues.
The exhibit is a part of the “Wealth and Poverty Week: Rural America,” that includes a series of informational talks scheduled Feb. 3-10, 2017.
According to Dr. Yeong-Hyun Kim, associate professor of geography and coordinator of the Wealth and Poverty theme, the series and the exhibit are significant for many OHIO students, of whom many live in large metropolitan areas, because of the University’s location in rural Appalachia—and “highlights the importance of rural areas to Ohio University and the U.S.”
The events are derived from the College of Arts and Sciences curricular theme of courses that are designed to encourage conversation addressing the various socioeconomic, educational and health issues within Appalachian communities.
All the events are free and open to the community.
To view the schedule of events and for more information, please visit the Wealth and Poverty in Rural America website.