Action, Scholarship, Reflection, Renewal

The article presents a speech by David Walls of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, delivered at the annual conference of the Appalachian Studies Association held in Richmond, Kentucky on March 11, 2011. He discusses the 1976 symposium in Boone, North Carolina that led to the founding of the Appalachian Studies Conference, his role as director of Appalachian Volunteers, and his interest in the work of public policy lecturer Marshall Ganz.