Summer School

As I inch along toward my masters degree, I’m taking a class this summer called “Rural Community and Moral Concerns.”

In addition to the lectures, the class (which is limited to 15 students) will visit churchs in Appalachian Kentucky, a “modern” cattle production operation, the Underground Railroad Museum, a Native American religious site, two small organic farms, the Woodford bourbon production facility, a thoroughbred horse farm, a coal mine, a coal mining museum, a dirt track and a Shaker village.

And here’s some of the required reading:

Jeff Biggers, The United States of Appalachia:  How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture and Enlightenment to America.

Paul Conkin, A Revolution Down on the Farm:  The Transformation of American Agriculture Since 1929.

Kevin Conley, Stud.

Dennis Covington, Salvation on Sand Mountain.

Barbara Freese, Coal:  A Human History.

Walt Harrington, The Everlasting Stream:  A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friends and Family.

David Kline, Letters From Larksong:  An Amish Naturalist Explores His Organic Farm.

By the first day of class I have to write a theology of  community and how it can or cannot be expressed in rural communities.  After the classes I have to write another paper assessing the morality of a specific rural activity, such as tobacco production, whiskey production, coal mining, thoroughbred breeding, use of GMOs, organic farming, etc.  There is also a final exam based on the readings and lectures.

Cool.  What a nerdalicious treat.

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