Kentucky’s First Annual Japanese Speech Contest was held in Lexington on March 1st, 2014. The speech contest invited high school and college level students from around the state to compete in various categories, based on their level of Japanese study. One University of Kentucky student, Faiyad Mannan, a double major in Biology and Japanese Studies, won first place in the Advanced Speech category. In this podcast, Mannan discusses the contest and what he enjoys most about learning Japanese. Click here to find out more about JASK, the Japanese/American Society of Kentucky.
Steven Alvarez helps to bring the Mexican culture of Lexington's community to campus in his course "Mexington, Kentucky," offered to students in the Wired Living Learning Community. In the course, Alvarez, a professor of the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Department, and his students explore the Mexican community and its rich culture while also discussing the role it plays in the city of Lexington and the University of Kentucky. In this podcast, Steven Alvarez discusses a recent field trip, activism, and the curiosity of his students. The class recently took a field trip to "Mexington," photos of the trip can be found here.
Furthering our exploration of Mexico through the "¡Viva Mexico!," Passport to the World Program, the University of Kentucky Libraries introduces us to the whimsical folk art of Alebrijes from Oaxaca, Mexico. These carved and decorated figures of animals can be found in the William T. Young Library. In this podcast, Francie Chassen-Lopez, co-chair of the "¡Viva Mexico!" Program and a professor in the Department of History, and Dara Vance, a graduate student within the Department of History, discuss the history and production of Alebrije and what can be found in the exhibit. Head to the William T. Young library to check out the exhibit and take a photo of your favorite Alebrije - don’t forget to share online and tag as #vivamexico to share it with your friends and the University! Click for more information about alebrije or the exhibit.