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12/7/2017

By Whitney Hale

Ashley Judd delivers the UK College of Social Work Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture on campus Dec. 1. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

 

Watch a video above with "the silence breakers" created by Time magazine.

University of Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd is among the group of “silence breakers” that has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for their efforts to shine a spotlight on sexual misconduct in America.

“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity

11/16/2017

By Whitney Hale and Mack McCormick

For the first time ever, the Kentucky Book Fair will be presented in Lexington from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Alltech Arenaat the Kentucky Horse Park. Now in its 36th year, the fair will feature more than 180 authors and editors showcasing their most recent books, including several writers from University Press of Kentucky (UPK) and the University of Kentucky. The fair is free and open to the public.

Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the Kentucky Book Fair attracts thousands of avid readers and patrons from across the country. The

10/24/2017

By Bryant Welbourne and Kathy Johnson

Four University of Kentucky faculty members have been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) during the 2017-18 academic year, which also marks the program's 10-year anniversary.

The SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. It has three components: a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own participants (i.e., fellows); two SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants; and a competitive fellowship designed to provide administrative growth opportunities for former fellows.

This year’s first SEC-wide workshop is under way through Thursday at Louisiana State University and the second will be held Feb. 21-23, 2018, at Auburn

9/22/2017

By Kristen Smith

The Student Activities Board (SAB) along with University of Kentucky's Art MuseumMartin Luther King CenterAlternative Service Breaks and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies will be bringing the first ever Art Walk to campus. Join them 3-6 p.m. today (Friday), Sept. 22, starting at the UK Art Museum. Students will have the opportunity to journey through familiar parts of campus while interacting with various student organizations and art pieces, including an exhibition from Los Angeles artist Alison Saar.

The

9/15/2017

Hillary Clinton speaks about Susan Bordo's analysis of sexism and misogyny in the 2016 presidential campaign during a podcast. Hillary Clinton's discussion of Professor Bordo's new book, "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton," begins around point 13.35. The book is also the subject of discussion by scholars in Signs, a major feminist academic journal.

Listen to the podcast here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/what-now-part-2/id1143509380?i=1000392197277&mt=2

Read the discussion in "Signs" here: http://signsjournal.org/short-takes/

8/25/2017

By Abby Schroering and Sara Shehata

As a land grant university, the University of Kentucky is committed to the advancement of knowledge through research. Even undergraduate students contribute significantly to that mission.

Students of any major, background and skill level have the opportunity to work with professors from all over UK, whether in labs, on faculty projects or even on independent projects that they design themselves.

“For those undergraduates who are interested in building faculty mentorships, gaining critical thinking and presentation skills and deepening their understanding of the subjects that interest them, the UK Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR) is there to help them along the way,” said Evie Russell, assistant director of the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

8/18/2017

National Women's Studies Association

The National Women's Studies Association denounces the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend that terrorized that community and shocked the entire country. We further condemn the actions of James Alex Fields, Jr., who drove into a crowd of counter-protesters killing 32-year old Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others, and the stick-wielding vigilantes that viciously attacked and beat a young Black man, De’Andre Harris in a nearby parking structure.  We also condemn threats made against local synagogues, and the use of Nazi-era slogans such as "blood and soil" and "Jews will not replace us" at these protests.

White supremacy and fascism have always been intricately connected with misogyny, patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, anti-Semitism, and settler-colonial logics. This fact is

6/29/2017

By Lori Minter

The University of Kentucky has released its Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester.  A total of 6,412 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. 

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting: www.uky.edu/PR/News/DeansList/.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you

6/12/2017

GWS IN PRACTICE: ONE MARCHER’S EXPERIENCE By Kyle Eveleth, PhD Candidate, University of Kentucky

Image credit: Portraits of Dissent: Stories From the Women's March on WashingtonSusanna SchrobsdorffTime Magazine Jan 22, 2017

Hillary Rodham Clinton wasn’t the first woman to run for president of the US—that was Victoria Woodhull in 1872—but Hillary’s campaign came the closest to achieving that elusive goal of getting a woman into the Oval Office. Women like Shirley Chisholm, Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink, and Linda Jenness (1972), despite not winning major-party nominations or a majority of the vote, paved the way for Clinton’s more than 65 million votes, a popular majority. And yet, the 2016 election unveiled the deep roots of misogyny that still lurk in the nation, even as many push for gender equality.

4/6/2017
By Connie Sapienza   Front row (l to r): Alyssa Mertka, Meg Coppala, Hadeel Abdallah and Susie Smith. Middle row (l to r): Meghana Kudrimoti and Michael Regard. Back row (l to r); Beau Revlett, Ben Jones, Eric Poore and Nate Cortas. Not pictured: Sophia Decker and Amaris Wade   The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 exceptional undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues, and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.   Gaines Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of a student's junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program;
3/21/2017

By Kathy Johnson

The "Civic Life" panel series, developed by the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, is a new weekly forum exploring a wide range of issues confronting society today. Open to the entire UK campus, these lunchtime panel discussions will take place each Wednesday for the remainder of the semester, and the series kicks off Wednesday, March 22, with a discussion of immigration — a topic making headlines worldwide.

“At the core of the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is the commitment to prepare students to be engaged citizens in our Commonwealth, in an increasingly diverse nation, and in an ever-more interconnected world," said Mark Kornbluh, dean of the college. "Faculty members across all of the disciplines of our college take this commitment seriously and are seeking to provide

2/14/2017

By Lori Minter

A record number of students made the University of Kentucky Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester. The 7,408 students were recognized for their outstanding academic performance.  That's an increase of more than 200 over the previous record reached in fall 2015 when the number of students on the UK Dean's List surpassed 7,000 for the first time.  Last semester's Dean's List includes over 700 more students than the spring 2016 semester's list.

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

The full Dean's List can be accessed by visiting www.uky.edu/PR/News/

10/18/2016

By Gail Hairston

No matter where we call home, no matter what language we speak, all of humanity loves to eat good food.   Of course, “good” is defined by each culture. One land might adore skull-blasting spicy dishes, while its neighbor enjoys a more lightly seasoned diet. Learning to appreciate the different foods of foreign lands can be fun, and learning how to cook that food can be exciting.   For the seventh academic year, the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences has celebrated other regions of the globe in its Passport to the World program. Through seminars and classes, events and lectures, the College of Arts and Sciences has introduced the UK campus to South Africa, China, Russia, Mexico, the Middle East and Europe. This year, South Asia is the center of attention in a series of events and activities
10/18/2016

By Gail Hairston

Janice Fernheimer recently added another title to her long list of accomplishments for the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences. Fernheimer, director of UK’s Jewish Studies Program, was recently awarded the Zantker Charitable Foundation Professorship in Jewish Studies.   “We are delighted to support a faculty member whose work embodies a diverse range of study and commitment to Jewish studies,” said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Fernheimer is most deserving of this professorship and her passion and enthusiasm is evident in the great strides she has made as director of the Jewish Studies Program.”    With her academic background and interests, the Zantker Charitable Foundation Professorship in Jewish
8/25/2016

Historian Jonathan Coleman will exhibit and discuss the Kentucky LGBTQ archive on Aug 28 at 2pm in the Farish Theater.  The cost is $15 and all proceeds benefit Moveable Feast Lexington.  

For more information about the event and the archive, check out the Lexington Herald Leader feature "Kentucky's Hidden Gay History Emerges, from Drag Queens to Revolutionary War Vets" from Aug 24, 2016.  

6/29/2016

GWS student Leslie Smith wrote an opinion essay for The Hechinger Report titled "How I broke away from the endless cycle of poverty, meth, and jail in rural Kentucky" on June 16, 2016.  You can read Leslie's full piece here.

6/28/2016
By Samantha Ponder   University of Kentucky alumna Rebecca Adkins Fletcher is one of the editors of the new book "Appalachia Revisited: New Perspectives on Place, Tradition, and Progress," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK). The book's contributors explore how the Appalachia region has changed in recent years.   "Appalachia Revisited" is the story of how the Appalachia region is being viewed within and beyond its borders. Fletcher and co-editor, William Schumann, gather both scholars and nonprofit practitioners to explore how Appalachia is being observed after some of its most recent changes.   Inside the new book, readers will find a variety of different topics that are being studied, including race and gender, environmental
6/21/2016

Charlie Yi Zhang received his Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Arizona State University in 2013. After joining University of Kentucky in August 2015, he soon found his intellectual home in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. For the fall of 2015, he taught GWS 250: Social Movements and GWS 302: Gender Across the World—Transnational Perspectives and will teach GWS 200: Sex & Power and GWS 302: Gender Across the World- Masculinities during the spring 2016 semester. In addition to teaching, Dr. Zhang is currently finishing a book manuscript titled “China in Transition: Queering the Intersectional Logic of Neoliberalization.” Focusing on China’s recent social changes, this book intends to shed light on how the Chinese government has been managing and regulating the Chinese population and individual life through the intersectional lenses of gender, class and sexuality to reshape

6/21/2016

I am indebted to the training I received in Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Kentucky. I came to GWS as a Psychology major interested in bridging theory and praxis in an Honors thesis project. I enrolled in my first GWS class, Social Movements, with Srimati Basu after seeing a flier on campus. Srimati’s enthusiasm for—and willingness to advise—my project was a warm welcome to the department’s diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, whose passion for teaching and commitment to students’ success fostered my growth as an academic, writer, and social justice advocate. Srimati suggested new methods and itineraries for my research, Carol Mason encouraged brevity and precision in my writing, Jan Oaks and Patricia Cooper introduced exciting scholarly terrains on film and spirituality, and Susan Bordo consistently supported my community activism and interest in graduate

6/7/2016

By Jennifer T. Allen

The 25th volume of Social Theory journal disClosure was recently released focusing on the topic of “Transnational Lives.” The issue’s theme brings together a variety of genres, including creative pieces, analytical articles, interviews and art, as it explores concepts related to the topic.

“Simple words such as ‘home’ or ‘religion’ take on an entirely new meaning when they are considered across transnational spaces,” said Catherine Gooch, co-editor of the issue and graduate student in the Department of English. “In addition, there are larger implications both on a personal and public level. If we think about our economic system and how globalization has caused capitalism to expand transnationally, around the world, we see how this economic expansion impacts everything from our personal lives to the higher education system.”

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