An Outstanding Experience!

Thanks to all who participated and all who supported our two-day A Region Reflects gathering here in southeastern Ohio!  Participation exceeded our expectations as did the high quality of presentation and interaction.  In all over 300 persons participated in this historic event.  Please take a moment to evaluate the various components of the two-day by completing our on-line ‘event evaluation’ survey by clicking here.  We will be accepting on-line evaluations through May 11.

As summaries of the eight thematic tracks become available we will post them here.  There is also talk of an idea/information room on-line to follow up on ideas and strategies that were shared during the conference.  Check back here or follow our facebook page to learn any news of such developments.  We also welcome observations, photos, videos of the two-days on our facebook page.

Walk-In’s Welcome (except bus tour)!

On-line pre-registration is closed for this event’s bus tour of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region leaving McCrackenHall at 9am on Thursday, April 3.  We have a few seats left for the bus tour.  Please  call Kristin Camara at 740-707-0089 to secure one of those seats on a first call-first served basis.JOHNSON

On-line pre-registration closes for all other events, Weds., April 3 at 11pm, but sufficient space exists for walk-ins for  Thursday Evening’s Symposium with Sid Davis & Adam Remnant (6-8pm Baker Center Theater), Friday morning’s Keynote by Dr. Ronald Eller at McCracken Hall (9:30am, Rm. 214) and Friday’s Thematic Sessions at McCracken Hall (10:30am-4:30pm-varous locations in McCracken).

There will be no registration table at the Symposium in Baker Center on Thursday evening, but walk-in registration is requested for Friday’s events at McCracken Hall.  The registration table and morning hospitality will be located in the lobby area at the center of McCracken’s first floor beginning at 8:45am.  Proceedings start at 9:30am in Room 214 a/b in McCracken.


Legendary Journalist Will Address Thursday Evening Symposium

OU Alum Sid Davis' career is intertwined with LBJ's presidency

OU Alum Sid Davis’ career is intertwined with LBJ’s presidency

We are pleased to announce that the Scripps School of Journalism will bring Sid Davis to our Thursday Evening Symposium during A Region Reflects: 50th Anniversary of LBJ’s War On Poverty Speech gathering on April 3-4 in southeastern Ohio. Sid spent more than 40 years as a reporter, White House Correspondent, and television network news executive. He was in the motorcade in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated and one of three reporters to witness and report the swearing in of President Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One.

Davis covered LBJ’s visit to Athens in 1964 as well as his well documented trip into Eastern Kentucky to view rural poverty first-hand. He will reflect upon these historic events in his remarks.

Sid served as a Vice-President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, and Washington Bureau Chief for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company.  Mr. Davis is a graduate of Ohio University (’52) where he has been inducted into the Ohio University School of Communication Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Alumni Medal of Merit.

The Symposium is free and open to the public. It is set for 6-8pm on April 3rd at Ohio University’s Baker Center Theater in Athens.

The following morning (April 4), Davis will talk about his career as a White House reporter during an informal program tentatively scheduled for 10:30-noon (location: Schoonover Center lobby).


Two-Day Event Seeks Vision


LBJ speaks from the portico of Memorial Auditorium.

On May 7, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson spoke from the portico of Ohio University’s Memorial Auditorium as part of his War On Poverty campaign.  It resulted in historic legislation that contributed to his vision of a Great Society Among his initiatives were Community Action Programs, Head Start, Public Radio, Upward Bound, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Title I, the National Endowment for the Arts and many other legendary programs.  Be a part of reflecting upon and visioning about these and other initiatives that have impacted the culture & environment of Appalachian Ohio at a two day gathering in the region on April 3 & 4, 2014.   All events are free & open to the publicRegistration is required, preferably in advance!

A collaboration of partners at Ohio University have organized this event in partnership with non-profit Sunday Creek Associates’ Little Cities of Black Diamonds CouncilThe LCBD Council is an organization dedicated to sharing the rich history and recovering natural environment of the Hocking Valley Coal Region of southeastern Ohio.

The event schedule is as follows:

Thursday, April 3

Regional Bus Tour through Athens, Hocking and Perry Counties (9am-5pm) Limited Seating/Register Early!
Evening Symposium @ Ohio University’s Baker Center-Welcoming Remarks, LBJ Speech Video, Music (6-8pm)

Friday Morning, April 4


A large crowd packed the College Green for LBJ’s visit.

Keynote Speaker Ron Eller @ 114a/b McCracken Hall (9:30am)
8 Thematic Tracks with 4 sessions each @ McCracken Hall  (10:30am-4:00pm)
•Closing Session @ 114a/b McCracken Hall (4-4:30pm)  

The final session of each thematic workshop on Friday afternoon will involve input from the audience into their vision for a better future in the region, including recommended strategies.  Click here to learn more about thematic tracks and individual sessions in each theme.

On-line registration is now open!  Click here to register!

*FRIDAY’S THEMATIC WORKSHOP THEMES (4-50 minute sessions in each theme)