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Appalachian Studies Conference 2017
The ongoing Roots with Wings Floyd County Oral History Project presented "Extreme Community: Floyd County, Virginia, Elders and Youth Keeping Stories in a Digital Age" for the 2017 Appalachian Studies Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, March 9.
The panel included university student mentors and faculty, high school teachers, and a local historian and archivist to consider the current challenges of pedagogy, professionalism, and keeping the archives of a long-term project digitally viable. Sample video products gave the audience a glimpse of community strength.
Roots with Wings, active since 2007, is an intergenerational team of university students and adult mentors teaching high school students how to conduct ethical, methodologically sound interviews; record state-of-the-art audio and video; transcribe full hour-long interviews; create searchable tables of content; research historical background; archive cultural materials; discover stories and themes in interviews; and create original short movies. The project's work is rendered into professional quality products and archived at the Floyd Story Center. The ultimate goal is community access via Internet, likely in partnership with the regional library system.
Radford University students participate in the project by enrolling in SOCY 493, which meets the Sociology major's practice experience requirement as an alternative to doing an internship (SOCY 499).