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Cal professor featured in film

| Sunday, June 12, 2005

Dr. Wilburn Hayden, professor and director of the Master of Social Work Program at California University of Pennsylvania, was interviewed as an Appalachian scholar for the PBS film, "The Appalachians," which will be broadcast Thursday and June 23 and 30, from 9 to 10 p.m.

The three-hour film features story and song to celebrate Appalachia's land, people and culture. The narrative thread features the colorful writings of both common folks and larger-than-life figures. Generations of family members tell personal stories.

"This documentary film is without a doubt the largest media exposure I have ever had," said Hayden. "More than 95 percent of all PBS stations have aired or scheduled the film. When I was invited to be interviewed, I didn't realize how big this production would be. My interview was an hour long and I appear five times through the film."

Hayden is a nationally noted educator on rural social work practice and Appalachian studies. He was raised in the county of Forsyth in North Carolina and has been involved in studies or teaching of Appalachia throughout his career.

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