Multimedia resources

A diverse campus heightens the educational experience for everyone. Below are podcasts and videos that highlight the many people and experiences that comprise the Appalachian Community and that provide thoughtful discussion about important topics such as courage, protected speech, international education, political engagement, social justice and more.


  • SoundAffect Podcast: Bryant Terry
    November 18, 2019

    Chef and activist Bryant Terry gets pragmatic about healthy eating and why access to healthy, affordable food is a social justice issue we all need to understand.

  • Peak to Peak - Appalachian State Abroad in Peru: Study Abroad
    April 1, 2019

    Study abroad experiences like this expedition distill the Appalachian Experience. In Peru, the students were immersed in a different culture and endured both physical and mental challenges. Research was validated and put to real-life practice. Here, students describe the value of study abroad.

  • 'Say What?' 2018: Toussaint Romain Keynote
    November 29, 2018

    Civil rights activist, former public defender and Constitutional Law educator Toussaint Romain discusses free speech, activism, public protest, law enforcement and your rights. After a 45-60 minute talk, audience members will be invited to ask questions and further the conversation around issues facing Appalachian’s campus and beyond.

  • Shohei Tsutsumi '18 - A Passion Steeped in Tradition
    June 11, 2018

    In this video, Appalachian State University graduate Shohei Tsutsumi ’18, from Osaka, Japan, and his mentor Dr. William Schumann, associate professor and director of the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies, discuss the positive impact of Tsutsumi’s decision to attend Appalachian as an international student.

  • Appalachian State University's NPHC Plots & Garden Dedication
    June 11, 2018

    Across the United States, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have developed a tradition of providing a gathering space for the historically black Greek-letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), often collectively called the Divine Nine. For well over 50 years, it has been an established tradition for institutions to provide these plots as a visible way to commemorate legacies of the Divine Nine on their campuses.

  • Faces of Courage Award Recipient Dr. Carolyn Anderson
    October 8, 2015

    This 2015 video tribute features Dr. Carolyn Anderson ’69, one of four recipients of Appalachian State University’s Faces of Courage Award.

  • Faces of Courage Award Recipient Barbara Hart
    October 8, 2015

    This 2015 video tribute features Barbara Reeves Hart ’65, one of four recipients of Appalachian State University’s Faces of Courage Award.

  • Faces of Courage Award Recipient Dr. Zaphon Wilson
    October 8, 2015

    This 2015 video tribute features Dr. Zaphon R. Wilson ’76 ’77, one of four recipients of Appalachian State University’s Faces of Courage Award.

  • Faces of Courage Award Recipient Dr. Willie Fleming
    October 8, 2015

    This 2015 video tribute features Dr. Willie Fleming ’80 ’84, one of four recipients of Appalachian State University’s Faces of Courage Award.

  • Tim Wise: Race in America
    October 17, 2013 - 6:16pm

    Tim Wise is the author of six books, including his latest, Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books) and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (Soft Skull Press). He has contributed essays to twenty-five books, and is featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories (Duke University Press). He received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and his writings have appeared in dozens of popular, professional and scholarly journals.

  • Dr. Harry Williams, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, Appalachian State University
    June 10, 2013 - 8:42pm

    Dr. Harry L. Williams '86 '88 '95 is a first-generation college student, and a fierce advocate for higher education and for those hoping to pursue a college degree. On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the Alumni Association honors his 23-year career dedicated to the field with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is given annually to an Appalachian graduate who has attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her career field and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained leadership in their community.

  • It Gets Better
    March 8, 2012 - 2:54pm
  • 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration: An Evening with Angela Davis (Spring 2012)
    January 24, 2012 - 5:36pm

    Angela Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

  • 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration (Spring 2011)
    January 20, 2011 - 6:18pm

    Rev. C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement and he continues his activism today, tirelessly working for the progress of African Americans and the civil and political rights of all peoples. A Baptist minister, his first use of non-violent direct action was in 1947, to end Peoria's segregated lunch counters. Later he founded the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, organizing the first sit-ins there in 1960 and the first civil rights march in 1961. Rev. Vivian was a rider on the first "Freedom Bus" into Jackson, Mississippi, and went on to work along-side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Executive Staff in Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, Nashville, the March on Washington; Danville, Virginia; and St. Augustine, Florida. During the summer following the Selma Movement, Rev. Vivian conceived and directed an educational program, Vision, and put 702 Alabama students in college with scholarships. The program later became Upward Bound.

  • Find Yosef a Holiday
    December 17, 2010 - 8:08pm

    Since 2004, Appalachian has presented a fun and interactive fair that provides easy and accessible ways to learn about cultural and religious international holidays.

  • 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration (Spring 2010)
    January 18, 2010 - 6:14pm

    Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality with a focus on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. Giovanni is a Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech.

  • One Better World: Privilege, Identity and Social Justice (Fall 2009)
    November 18, 2009 - 6:22pm

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine a society that is equitable and where all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. As a process and as a goal, social justice means full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. In this presentation, Vernon Wall helps audience members learn how their identities influence all they do and how this knowledge can help them become more aware and advocate for inclusion. Wall has written extensively on issues of inclusion on today’s college campuses. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country and have been described as being “a learning experience - with a touch of wildness.”

    Speaker: Vernon Wall