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Bodies of Evidence: Policing Queer Bodies

The University of Kentucky's Gaines Center for the Humanities and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences are teaming up with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, the Martin Luther King Center, the African American and Africana Studies Program and Black Student Union to present three events exploring violence against members of the LGBTQ* and Black communities as part of a series of workshops on violence and the human condition. 

Upcoming Nov 16 and Nov 18 Events:

Fittingly with the U.S. Supreme Court simultaneously deciding to uphold the right for same-sex marriage and to retract important aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the second part of the series is "Policing Black Bodies." This panel discussion will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Young Library Auditorium. The three scholars featured in this event will provide critical commentary, transnational connections and historical contexts for current struggles with violence against African and African-American communities. A Q&A session will be held at the end of this event, followed by a reception.

Melynda J. Price, director of the African American and Africana Studies Program and the Robert E. Harding Jr. Professor of Law at UK, will open the panel for "Policing Black Bodies." She is the author of "At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty."

The second speaker of the session will be Melissa Stein, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at UK and author of "Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity, 1830-1934," newly published this fall.

Kevin Mumford, professor of history at University of Illinois and author of numerous books on Black history, including "Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America," rounds out the panel.

A special ancillary event, a film screening of the documentary "Let the Fire Burn" and a poster session analyzing the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement, will be held in the days leading up to the second panel discussion. The film will be screened at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Young Library Auditorium. The poster session will be held in the adjacent Alumni Gallery and will feature poster presentations of research on recent killings of unarmed black people in the United States by students currently enrolled in Stein’s "GWS 595 - Crime & Punishment: Race & Ferguson in Historical Context."

Carol Mason, department chair of Gender & Women's Studies, radiates enthusiasm about the student engagement in this series. "I am so grateful for Dr. Stein for her innovative pedagogy and very excited to see the posters that students have created in her class on 'Crime and Punishment.' This is the kind of real-world application of interdisciplinary scholarship that makes gender and women’s studies such a transformative experience for students."

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Gaines Center are sponsoring a year of programming around the broad theme of "Violence and the Human Condition." Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, faculty members from many different UK departments will collaborate with each other and with visiting experts from other universities in a series of mini-conferences and workshops that will be free and open to the campus as a whole.

The partnership will explore the theme of violence across many different registers — architecture and conflict, political violence, war and gender, transnational dimensions of violence, the intersections of violence in Latin America, and the notion of war without end as a metaphor in contemporary life.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Young Library Auditorium

A Reading by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.

This reading is co-sponsored by African American and Africana Studies Program and Department of Gender and Women's Studies.









Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Recital Hall, Singletary Center for the Arts

Symposium: “The Intersections of Violence in Latin America”

​We will begin at 9:30 am with a presentation by multimedia artist Diana Kahlo,Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (The Missing Women of Juarez) followed by Francisco Goldman's lecture Ayotzinapa: Mexico Hits Bottom at 11:00 am and we will end with a panel on the Intersections of Violence and Human Rights across Time and Space from 2:00 to 4:30 pm with the participation of Rosa Linda Fregoso, Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, Cecilia Menjivar, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas and Tiffiny Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
West End Room, POT 18th floor

UK Students Among First Recipients of SEC Dr. Pepper Education Abroad Awards

Twenty-eight students representing each Southeastern Conference university will study abroad during the 2015-16 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper.

Three A&S Professors Co-edit Book

Susan Bordo, a professor of gender and women’s studies, M. Christina Alcalde, an associate professor of gender women's studies, and Ellen Rosenman, Provost's Distinguished Professor of English, at the University of Kentucky are co-editors of a new book


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