Judi Jennings, May 17, 2018


Judi Jennings, May 17, 2018


Union College (Barbourville, Ky.)
Education, Higher--Kentucky
Career changes
Kentucky Humanities Council
Proposal writing for grants
Appalshop, Inc.
Women political activists
Politics and government
Traveling theater
Appalachian Region, Southern--Social life and customs.
Appalachians (People) in motion pictures
Ethnographic films.
Motion pictures--Social aspects
Regionalism--Appalachian Region
Lexington (Ky.)
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Whitesburg (Ky.)
Coal mines and mining
Fund raisers (Persons)
O'Connor, Hugh, 1894?-1967
Motion pictures--Philosophy
Phenix, Lucy Massie
Barret, Elizabeth
Sundance Film Festival
Motion pictures--Editing
Documentary films
Appalshop Film and Video
Jennings, Judi 1947-


Jeffrey A. Keith interviews Judi Jennings, an Appalshop, Inc. board member, fund raiser, and the director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Jennings discusses her professorship at Union College, which she was hired for shortly after receiving her PhD in History from the University of Kentucky. Jennings discusses how her experiences at Union College, located in Barbourville, Kentucky, influenced her to become more involved in Appalachian scholarship. She tells Keith about her travels in London, England after leaving her professorship, and the positions in state government she worked in after returning to the United States. Jennings tells Keith how her grant writing experience from working at the Kentucky Humanities Council allowed her to join Appalshop as a fundraiser in the 1980s. Jennings recalls her contributions to and experiences with various Appalshop films, particularly “Strangers With A Camera” and “Strangers and Kin.” Jennings discusses the cultural and personal impact of these films on her life, as well as how their production affected the employees of Appalshop. Jennings discusses Appalshop culture, particularly in terms of gender and economic background. Jennings tells Keith about her life after working for Appalshop and her involvement after leaving the organization in 1991.






Jeffrey A. Keith


Judi Jennings

Interview Keyword

Appalachian students
Appalachian scholarship
Career jobs
Grant writing
Government jobs
Archives jobs
Appalachian Region, Southern--Culture
Roadside Theatre
Cultural films
Strangers and Kin (Motion picture)
Film screenings
Appalachian stereotypes
Appalachian towns
Social relationships
On Our Own Land (Motion picture)
Broadform deed
Films about coal
Appalachian colonization
War on Poverty
Stranger With A Camera (Motion picture)
Jeremiah (Ky.)
Letcher County (Ky.)
Ethics of film




“Judi Jennings, May 17, 2018,” Exploring the Legacies of Appalshop Oral History Project, accessed September 26, 2023, https://nunncenter.net/legaciesofappalshop/items/show/65.