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The Committee on Social Theory Presents: Margaret S. Archer

"'We believe' - but who are 'we'?" The Relational Subject versus the Plural Subject

Margaret S. Archer Centre d'Ontologie Sociale Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanna

December 12, 2014 University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences

 

 

TUITION AND TEACHING

 

I am off to a meeting today, where I will meet with an old professional friend who teaches at an Ivy League university. Also today, the first bill arrived for my daughter’s tuition at a prestigious Midwestern private university. My colleague has lots of time for travel, as he teaches, over the course of a year, about half of what those of us in state universities teach. But what struck me today was not sour grapes about teaching loads (I actually think teaching is important, and usually enjoy it—it’s the administrative BS of the state university that drives me up the wall). It was wondering how much of the outrageous sum I’m about to shell out is actually funding my daughter’s education, vs. paying professors at that university not to teach very much.

One thing I can say about my university—and many other state universities—is that while we do not have as many big-name academic superstars as some of the prestigious private schools, we do have some. And if your kid comes here, she or he has a reasonable shot of actually encountering them in the classroom. I wonder to what extent that is true in the Ivies and their peer institutions. I hope, for the sake of my daughter and my own consumer self-esteem, that my cynicism is misplaced. 

75 Years of Frontier Nursing University

Hosted by the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center University of Kentucky Worsham Theatre April 11, 2014

The panel discuss service learning by young people volunteering in Appalachia as couriers with the Frontier Nursing Service. Anne Z. Cockerham, professor of history and associate dean for midwifery and women’s health at Frontier Nursing University, will read from her just-published book, "Unbridled Service: Growing Up and Giving Back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier, 1928-2010." Michael Claussen and Nancy Reinhart of the Frontier Nursing University will tell stories from the 86 years of the courier program. Health practitioner Linda Ahrens and recent courier Bryanna McClure will share experiences of collaboration.

Distinguished Professor Lecture - Richard Jefferies

The College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Lecture recognizes the 2012-2013 recipient, Professor Richard Jefferies for his work in the Department of Anthropology.

New England Red

“New England Red” Kathleen Stewart, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas

Keynote Talk, University of Kentucky February 16, 2013 11:30pm-1:00pm

On the Humanism of Networked Cities

“On the Humanism of Networked Cities” Malcolm McCullough, Associate Professor of Architecture University of Michigan

Keynote talk, University of Kentucky February 15, 2013 6:30-8:00pm

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