steven yates


By Torie Johnson, Kathy Johnson

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) today announced the winners of its first ever Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Awards. The awards honor professors from SEC universities with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. The University of Kentucky's recognized professor is Steven W. Yates, professor of chemistry, physics, and astronomy in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

In presenting the awards, the SEC becomes the only Division I conference within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) currently recognizing university faculty for their achievements, unrelated to athletics or student-athletes.

theatre seats


By Sarah Geegan

The UK Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program will host the author, director, full cast and technical crew of Silas House's new play, "This is My Heart For You," fresh from its world premiere at Berea College. The cast will do a staged reading, accompanied by projected images of the world premiere event, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Memorial Hall.

House, a Kentucky author whose novels have attained major prizes and spanned across national best-seller lists, sold out the first three performances of his play on the night of the world premiere.

"This is My Heart for You


By Guy Spriggs

Joe Sutliff Sanders is a professor at Kansas State University specializing in children’s literature. But according to Sanders, he found his way into children’s literature – and eventually into a job at one of the field’s leading programs – by accident.

As he was finishing his dissertation at the University of Kentucky in 2005 and preparing to enter the job market, Sanders took note of a series of interesting job offers.

“I kept coming across all these children’s literature positions,” he explained. “I kept saying, ‘It’s too bad that I don’t do children’s literature.’”

Then, Sanders says, he realized that his whole project was directly related to his future field.

Sanders started applying for those positions and found himself in the middle of


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On Veterans Day, 2013, we were pleased to rededicate Buell Armory in memory of Colonel Lawrence A. Floro, Jr.  This rededication marked the official end of phase two of the Buell Armory and Barker Hall renovation project we started in 2011.  The project began with a vision to bring the Armory on par with the rest of the buildings on campus and provide a learning and training environment conducive for proper Cadet development.  Senior leaders in the university and an extensive community of generous alumni and supporters of the program believed in our vision.  Together, they teamed to contribute more than $500,000 for the renovation.  With that money we were able to recreate a professional space that welcomes Cadets, athletes, faculty, and prospective students into an


By Katy Bennet, Student Activities Board

Kentucky-bred writers Hope Johnson and Bianca Spriggs will share their stories of the transition from student to writer and establishing their names and work within the community at the James Baker Hall Writers Series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in Student Center's Center Theater. This event is free and is sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

The evening will begin with an open mic opportunity for creative writers, students, faculty and community members to share their work followed by a reading and talk by each author.

Johnson finds influence for her work by growing up in Lexington. Johnson received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kentucky and is currently a post-baccalaureate student. Johnson’s work has been published in many

place matters

By Ann Kingsolver, Sarah Geegan

Author bell hooks will give the final lecture in the "Place Matters" series, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program. The lecture, "Reclaiming Place: Making Home," will take place from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Worsham Theater, with a reception following at the Appalachian Center (624 Maxwelton Court).

Writing as bell hooks, Kentucky-born Gloria Jean Watkins received her doctorate in literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and has taught at a number of universities across the country. She has published more than 30 books; her forthcoming book of poetry, "Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place," will be released by the University Press

nikky finney

Award-winning poet and A&S Creative Writing Professor Nikky Finney is featured on NPR's program Arts & Life. Finney was recently awarded the National Book Award in poetry for her collection of poems entitled, Head Off & Split. At the award ceremony, her acceptance speech received a standing ovation and almost as much acclaim as her poems themselves. The speech went through thirty nine drafts before it was finalized. To listen to the full story and read more, click here.



Gary King Lecture I

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4:00 to 5:30pm
Location: Whitehall Classroom Builfing room #110

Who: Gary King (Harvard, Political Science)
When:  4 – 5:30 pm, Thursday, April 19th
Where: Whitehall Classroom Building  room #110
What: “How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression"

Gary King Lecture II

Date: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 2:30 to 4:00pm
Location: Mining & Mineral Resources Building Room #102

Who: Gary King (Harvard, Political Science)
When:  2:30 – 4 pm, Friday, April 20th
Where: Mining & Mineral Resources Building room #102 (next to the Boone Center Faculty Club)
What: “


Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: President's Room, Singletary Center

Gender & Women's Studies Spring 2012 Lecture Series presents Queens:

Karen Tice, Professor of Education and Gender and Women's Studies, will present "Queens of Academe:  Campus Pageantry and Student Life"

Lecture begins at 4:00pm with a reception to follow.


GWS Symposium: Tamara Mose Brown, "Building a Community of Mothers: Under the Watchful Eye"

Date: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: 18th Floor Patterson Office Tower

GWS Symposium:

A gathering of people from the university and the community who will speak to various issues with regard to motherhood, including but not limited to: Mothering the elderly
Queer Parenting
Mothering while in the academy
Mothering, class, and reproduction

Tamara Mose Brown, author of Raising Brooklyn:  Nannies, Childcare, and Carribeans Creating Community, will lead the discussion around the idea of "Building a Community of Mothers: Under the Watchful Eye". 

18th Floor of Patterson Office Tower, 1:00pm


Tamara Mose Brown: "Nanny Networks: A Discussion about Raising Brooklyn"

gaines house


By Whitney Hale, Lea Mann

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 10 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 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. 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; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.

UK's 10 new Gaines

sarah lyon


By Sarah Geegan

UK anthropology Professor Sarah Lyon's recent work was described by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) as the best book in economic anthropology in three years. Her subject: coffee.

While many people believe that drinking fair-trade coffee, purchased directly from the growers, promotes healthier working conditions, environmentally friendly agricultural standards and fair prices, Lyon's work, "Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair-Trade Markets," analyzes the real implications of fair-trade networks.

Centering on the lives of Maya coffee farmers in Guatemala, the book examines the question: what is the reality for producers, intermediaries and consumers? Through an

frank x walker


By Sarah Geegan

Frank X Walker, professor in the UK Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program, will read and discuss his poetry at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Midway College's Anne Hart Raymond Center. The event is sponsored by Chapter F, a local chapter of the International organization, P.E.O.

A local poet, professor and playwright, Walker provides "an eclectic, powerful mixture of liberating style, profound insight and unwavering organic connection to the intellectual, political and cultural struggles of people," said Ricky Jones, professor at the University of Louisville's Department of Pan-African Studies.

Walker’s work captures the profound feelings of love and loss; he

choice books


By Whitney Hale

Choice magazine has named two books published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK) as Outstanding Academic Titles in its January issue. "After the Dream: Black and White Southerners since 1965" and "How Kentucky Became Southern: A Tale of Outlaws, Horse Thieves, Gamblers, and Breeders," written by UK alumna Maryjean Wall, made the list of titles the publication recommended to its readership.

Choice's "Outstanding Academic Titles, 2011" reveals the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice magazine for the year. The honor brings with it extraordinary recognition from the academic library community as more than 35,000 academic librarians, faculty and decision makers use reviews in Choice magazine and from Choice

archaeology students


By Sarah Geegan

Archaeology — a profession that often inspires visions of treasure-hunters, the likes of Indiana Jones and Benjamin Gates from National Treasure — seems somewhat out of place in Kentucky. However, the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS), administered by the UK Department of Anthropology, has put itself on the map in terms of archaeological relevance and success.

KAS, an organization also administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council, serves to provide educational and research assistance, as well as community outreach.Working with schools, museums, historical societies and communities through its many research projects, KAS strives to educate the public regarding Kentucky's rich archaeological history.


Having a Blast: Volcano Demonstrations with Peter Idstein and Students

During the last week of March, 2012, Peter Idstein showed his classes how volcanoes erupt. Since there aren't any in Kentucky, Idstein used trash cans filled with water as the 'volcanoes,' and liquid nitrogen as the catalyst for the eruption. In this podcast, Idstein describes the set-up procedures, students react, and we share some explosive audio!

Idstein's demonstrations were for a course he is teaching, Geology 160:


By Colleen Glenn

Congratulations are in order for graduate student Jonathan Meyer who has been awarded a fellowship to attend The American School of Classical Studies at Athens next year. Meyer, a Master’s student in the UK Classics Department, will spend the 2012-2013 school year in Greece studying the history and culture of ancient Greece and the Hellenic world.

“When I found out that I had won the fellowship, I was thrilled,” said Meyer. “For months I had imagined myself living in Athens and walking daily in the footsteps of Socrates. Now I knew that that dream was about to be realized.”

A student and teacher of Latin, Meyer also specializes in the Greek language and passed examinations in ancient Greek translation and Greek literature as part of the selection process for


Date: Monday, April 9, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Student CEnter Room 211

The Division of Classics of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures presents "A Questions of Time: Apollonius' Argonautica and the Jubilee of Ptolemy III and Euergetes I", a lecture by Jackie Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics at Skidmore College.

WHEN: Monday April 9, noon

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About the speaker
Prof. Murray's current research focuses on the 3rd-century BCE author Apollonius Rhodius of Alexandria. Apollonius' epic poem, Argonautica, traces the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts in search of the golden fleece.  In the course of the poem, Apollonius is careful to let


Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Willian T. Young Library Auditorium

The 2011-2012 Distinguished Professor Lecture will be delivered by Ronald D Eller, a professor of Appalachian Studies and History. His lecture is entitled "Seeking the Good Life in America: Lessons From the Appalachian Past". It will take place in the William T. Young Library Auditorium onThursday, April 12, at 7:30p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Ron Eller is a professor in the department of History, where he specializes in Appalachian history. In this Dean's Channel video, Professor Eller speaks about his new book, "Uneven Ground: Appalachian Since 1945" and his ties to the Appalachian region.




By Sarah Geegan

The UK American Studies Programthe Graduate School,UK Student Government Association and the English Graduate Student Organization will present "Hawthorne and the State of War," a lecture by Philip Gould from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Niles Gallery.

Gould is professor of English at Brown University and the author of "Covenant and Republic: History Romance and the Politics of Puritanism." His work has also appeared in journals such as "Eighteenth Century Studies," "American Literary History," and "Journal of the Early Republic".

The story of Nathaniel Hawthorne's late career during the U.S. Civil War


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