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New Faculty 2013: Meet Chamara Jewel Kwakye

The African American and Africana Studies Program and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies are excited to welcome Chamara Jewel Kwakye to their faculty!
Kwakye's work at the University of Kentucky will revolve around the examination of the life experiences of black women and girls particularly focusing on their educational experiences. Like many who come to UK and join departments within the College of Arts & Sciences, Kwakye was drawn by the interdisciplinary approach that the school fosters. Another draw was the college's commitment to digital studies which Kwakye hopes to capitalize on with her new research project focusing on how young black women use performance and social media to express their lives.  
This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2013 semester.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Ready To Represent: UK will be in full force at the 37th Annual National Women's Studies Association Conference

90 miles to the north of Lexington on the banks of the Ohio River is the “The Queen City.” The nickname itself could probably be the topic of a panel discussion when the 37th annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) rolls into town in early November.

Wild Women of Poetry Slam 2013

The 2013 Wild Women of Poetry Slam featured international slam champion Sonya Renee Taylor of Oakland, CA as headliner and celebrity judge.

GWS 201-001

Gender And Popular Culture

Meeting time: 
TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Course Description

Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice: Shannon Bell

Shannon Bell, an assistant professor of sociology with strong interests in the Appalachian region, has written a book called Our Roots Run Deep As Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. In addition to her book, Bell has done a 'photo-voice' project to help residents advocate for their communities, and given students opportunities to create positive change in their own lives and across campus. In this podcast, Bell talks about the book and other recent projects. 

(Update - September 15, 2014) - Bell's book has been receiving many accolades and awards - among them:

-2014 Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award;
-2014 Silver Medal Winner for the Nautilus Book Awards;
-2014 Runner-up for the Green Book Festival

Bell is also a co-director of Greenhouse, a new living-learning community that engages students in learning about many aspects of the local environment, all in the context of sustainability. Greenhouse opened its doors this fall in Woodland Glen II, one of the brand new residential life buildings at UK. 

More info about Bell's involvement with Greenhouse can be found here:
Fresh Perspective - Podcast
Inside Greenhouse - Video

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman. 


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