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The Appalachian Trail: A Great American Pilgrimage

Tue, October 16, 2018 7:00 P.M.
Social Science and History Department at Parkway Central Library

Long distance walks have gained popular attention in recent years, intriguing many armchair travelers to commence their own pilgrimage journeys to sites around the world, including the Appalachian Trail.

Beyond popular representation, what does it actually mean to travel on foot for months at a time? What about the logistics—food, water, shelter, safety? What physical and mental challenges can you expect to encounter along the way? How will these experiences affect your perspective of the region and your self-identity?

Journey step-by-step and learn the how-to basics of hiking the Appalachian Trail, through word and image to get a taste of an America only experienced at 3 miles per hour.

Presenter Kevin S. Fox is a cultural geographer from Connecticut and the founding director of The Geographical Imaginations Expedition & Institute, where he hosts and produces a monthly radio essay program. He has taught geography, cartography, psychology, history, Spanish, English, and beekeeping in the United States, Bolivia, Paraguay, Austria and Tanzania. He currently teaches geography at the George School in Newtown, PA.


Skyline Room | Parkway Central Library

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Social Science and History Department
Room 201

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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