The ‘H’ word: fighting negative language stereotypes in Appalachia

A team of filmmakers, led by documentarians Ashley York and Sally Rubin, is hoping to use the spotlight of the recent presidential election to examine the problematic hillbilly archetype as it has evolved over the last century as well as how people view poor, white and rural America.

Bill Withers to talk music, artistic integrity at pre-commencement event

The public will get a rare opportunity to hear from a songwriter whose work explores the challenging daily lives of working people and simultaneously offers a seemingly endless supply of hope when he sits down with a West Virginia University scholar of commercial country and Appalachian traditional music.

Benedum Foundation’s latest grants continue support to WVU

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently awarded three grants to West Virginia University through the WVU Foundation totaling $304,300. These grants will benefit various programs, initiatives, and individuals at WVU.

Alumnus donates historic newspapers to regional history center

West Virginia University alumnus Steve Wolfe, BA ’81, Political Science, is quite familiar with those historic moments and their media coverage. He spent more than two decades acquiring more than 150 newspapers that reported on these and other pivotal happenings.