The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center (ARRSC) provides students with an understanding of the heritage, environments, and cultures of the Appalachian region. Moreover, ARRSC faculty and support personnel engage in various forms of community outreach and are available to support student and public research. The Center is located in Cook Hall 229 and ARRSC personnel can be reached on the main phone line, 540-831-5366.

News & Events

  1. Appalachian Awareness Day is coming to Radford University »


    A lineup of informative speakers and talented musicians will highlight Appalachian Awareness Day at Radford University on Friday, Feb. 10. The day-long event will be hosted in the university’s Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium.

  2. Appalachian Studies students give life to Clinch River stories »


    A group of Radford University students spent the fall semester assisting the Clinch River Valley Initiative in collecting stories from people who live in towns along the river. 

  3. Professor Emeritus' new book highlights work of Emma Bell Miles »


    Radford University English and Appalachian Studies Professor Emeritus Grace Toney Edwards is the editor of the newly released book The Common Lot and Other Stories: The Published Short Fiction, 1908-1921 by Emma Bell Miles.

  4. Film explores life after coal in Appalachia »


    Documentarian Tom Hansell will present his latest film, "After Coal," at 7 p.m., Sept. 24, in Heth 43 on Radford University's campus.

  5. Appalachian Studies chair selected for prestigious summer scholar institute »


    Radford University's Director of Appalachian Studies Theresa Burriss has been selected as one of 25 scholars who will attend a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute in Concord, Massachusetts this year.

  6. Appalachian Awareness Day takes place at RU »


    The rich culture of the local region was on display during Appalachian Awareness Day at Radford University.

  7. Appalachian Studies students share "Roots with Wings" story »


    RU students enrolled in "Research in Appalachia" recently presented at the Appalachian Teaching Project Conference in Arlington.

  8. THATCamp Appalachia comes to RU »


    On Nov. 15, Radford University hosted THATCamp Appalachia 2014, an "unconference" that explored the intersection between Appalachian cultural studies and technology.

  9. Field trips are fun for teachers too, but also a lot of work »


    While many children see field trips as a day away from school, teachers view it as a learning experience to complement classroom lessons.