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4/22/2013
Students from Shanghai University (SHU) will get a taste of the bluegrass this week as the UK American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences will host a summit for SHU students on Monday, April 22.

By Sarah Geegan

Students from Shanghai University (SHU) will get a taste of the bluegrass this week as the UK American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences will host a summit for SHU students on Monday, April 22.

Shanghai University is home to one of approximately 10 American Studies Centers in China. Funded by a grant from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and pioneered through a joint-venture agreement between SHU and UK, the center began operation in 2011.

Since then the facility has served to emphasize the diversity of American culture and experience, to broaden Chinese

4/22/2013

 

By Ellyce Loveless

For graduate students Christie Pavey and William Little, paleography is an exciting and fresh field of study. The two Classics students, who also participate in the Institute for Latin Studies here on campus, have been recently awarded fellowships to study abroad in an aim to practice deciphering ancient and medieval scripts.

Though they are from very different parts of the country, both Pavey and Little decided to study at UK for the unique approach to learning that the Institute for Latin Studies provides for its students. The program is attractive because it focuses on actively reading, writing, and speaking Latin.

Pavey, who received her undergraduate degree at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said “I was drawn to UK by the Institute

4/18/2013

by Sarah Geegan

The African American and Africana Studies Program (AAAS) at the University of Kentucky and the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MCLLC) have combined forces to organize a special event, In Search of our Hearth: Reinventing the Odyssey, which will take place April 19-20 at various campus locations.    Speakers include: Jacqueline Couti, assistant professor of French and Italian studies; Ebony Patterson, assistant professor of fine arts/painting; Jackie Murray, assistant professor of classics (Skidmore College); and Mark
4/17/2013
UK Department of Theatre in collaboration with UK's Russian Studies Program and the Department of History will present "Bulgakov's Dreams," a drama on the life of Soviet writer Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov. The performance will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, at Reynolds Building No. 1.

By Whitney Hale, Grace Liddle

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre in collaboration with UK's Russian Studies Program and the Department of History will present Bulgakov's Dreams, a drama on the life of the Soviet writer. The performance will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, at Reynolds Building No. 1.

Mikhaíl Afanasyevich Bulgakov was a Soviet writer and playwright active in the first half of the 20th century. He is best known for his novel The Master and Margarita, which has been called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. Bulgakov's Dreams is a

4/4/2013
"Extreme Makeover: Paper Edition" is designed for the person who has never tried origami and is being conducted by Duk Lee, associate professor at Asbury University. The workshop will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m., April 8, in B108C in the Hub.

By Breanna Shelton, Whitney Hale

Origami  (ȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē ) is the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes. The art of origami takes over campus this month as the university celebrates the 10th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Asia Center. On April 8, UK Libraries will host "Extreme Makeover: Paper Edition," a workshop on basic origami techniques. In conjunction with the anniversary, an exhibition of the art form, "Extreme Origami," is on display through May 24 at William T. Young Library and the Science Library.

"Extreme Makeover: Paper Edition" is designed for the

4/1/2013
The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

By Whitney Hale, Breanna Shelton

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has chosen 12 outstanding undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 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; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.

UK's 12

3/27/2013

 

By Ellyce Loveless

Claire Bishop, a University of Kentucky graduate student in Classics who is also working towards her Masters in Teaching a World Language, was named as a winner for the 2013 Manson A. Stewart Teacher Training Award. This award is designed by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South to give financial aid to those hoping to teach Latin at the primary through the secondary level. The award is a great honor for Bishop, the Classics department, and the university.

Originally from Louisville, Bishop graduated with an undergraduate degree in Classics from UK. She continued her education here in order to participate in the Institute for Latin Studies developed by Drs.

3/20/2013

By Sarah Geegan, Derrick Meads

Education Abroad at the University of Kentucky recently awarded grants to five faculty members to develop innovative programs abroad. In addition, a graduate student was awarded a grant to support her research into education abroad experiences and possibilities for the future.

Faculty-Sponsored Program Development Grants recipients include:

·         The Nile River: A History of Water Politics in Africa. Awet T. Weldemichael, assistant professor, Department of History, UK College of Arts and Sciences — will establish a program in Uganda that will take students to the

3/6/2013

By Whitney Hale

An undergraduate in the University of Kentucky's College of Communication and Information and a doctoral candidate in the College of Arts and Sciences have received Critical Language Scholarships to study languages abroad. Meredith King, a senior majoring in communication, will study Chinese in China, and Lydia Shanklin Roll, a doctoral candidate in anthropology, will study Turkish in Turkey.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will offer intensive summer language

2/13/2013
On Feb. 20, the first-ever Western singers trained in modern Mandarin lyric diction will debut a special evening of music from the East and West on a Bluegrass stage courtesy of the UK Confucius Institute. "I Sing Beijing" begins at 7 p.m., in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

By Whitney Hale

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the first-ever Western singers trained in modern Mandarin lyric diction will debut a special evening of music from the East and West on a Bluegrass stage courtesy of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute. "I Sing Beijing," which will have made its American debut at New York's Lincoln Center only four days earlier, will grace the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall stage beginning at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Joining the Western singers, who represent some of the top young artists programs in the world, will be rising stars from China to perform a concert that

2/11/2013
WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program is a continuation of last week's conversation about "Reimagining Russia's Realms."

By Kathy Johnson

WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program is a continuation of last week's conversation about "Reimagining Russia's Realms," the College of Arts and Sciences' in-depth examination of the people, art, cultures and homelands of Eurasia. The guests are Cynthia Ruder, associate professor of Russian studies and Gordon Hogg, Special Collections Library director.

To

2/8/2013

 

by Sarah Geegan   The UK campus and Lexington community are invited to celebrate a different kind of Mardi Gras this year.   Russian Mardi Gras, or Maslenitsa, is the Carnival holiday that celebrates the pre-Lenten season before the traditional 40-day fast begins. As part of the College of Arts and Sciences' initiative, "Reimagining Russia's Realms," an event will offer the community a taste of this important Russian cultural tradition on Saturday,  Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.   Benefitting the UK Russian Education Abroad Scholarship Fund, the evening will include an arrangement of traditional foods, a silent auction, as well as a vodka tasting, for participants of
2/6/2013

By Whitney Hale

In celebration of University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences' year-long exploration into the culture and history of Russia, UK Libraries continues "Reimagining Russia's Realms" throughout the spring semester with an exhibit of Soviet Cold War-era military posters from the UK Libraries Scott Soviet  Military Collection. The free public poster exhibit will open with a Russian Tea at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Hub at William T. Young Library.

The Scotts’ collection of Soviet propaganda posters includes striking large-scale images featuring the work of

1/28/2013
Huajing Maske, director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute, was the guest on Saturday's "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. LSU game that was broadcast on radio.

By Kathy Johnson

Huajing Maske, director of the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute, was the guest on Saturday's "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. LSU game that was broadcast on radio.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click here. To view a transcript of the interview, click here.

 

1/25/2013

By Sarah Geegan

UK alumna Lauren Cook did it in Switzerland; UK  junior Hannah Simms did it in China; they studied abroad. Widely seen as a life-changing experience, education abroad has been perceived as one with added financial burden. However, Education Abroad at UK is seeking to dispel the myth that money is necessarily an obstacle; rather, they want students to know money does not have to be a barrier.

Education Abroad at UK strives to make education abroad programs more affordable and accessible for all UK students. In 2011-2012, Education Abroad at UK awarded $231,750 in total scholarships. The 2011-2012 year also represented a 42 percent increase from the number of students who received scholarships in 2010-2011 and a 41 percent increase in total funding.

"One of the significant

1/11/2013
neuron

by Keith Hautala

Older adults who have spoken two languages since childhood are faster than single-language speakers at switching from one task to another, according to a study conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

The study also found that lifelong bilinguals show different patterns of brain activity than their monolingual counterparts when making the switch.  

The research was led by Brian Gold, associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, who specializes in cognitive neuroscience. The article, "Lifelong Bilingualism Maintains Neural Efficiency for Cognitive Control in Aging," was published in the Jan. 9 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

As people age, cognitive flexibility — the ability to adapt to unfamiliar or unexpected circumstances — and related "executive"

11/28/2012

This article appears courtesy of the UK Alumni Association.

The education of Renée Saunier Brewer ’03 AG into the sophisticated world of the juice of the grape has taken her all over the globe at a very young age, but each step of the way was paved with more forethought and practicality and less wanderlust than it would first appear. Now settled in Lexington, she is the owner of Wine + Market, a quaint establishment in the downtown area that not only sells wines and other spirits from all over the world, but also creates tasty selections that can be ordered off a café menu that showcases local and international delicacies.

Even choosing where to go for college was a decision made at a very sensible level. “I was born and raised in Lexington and graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar, class of

11/16/2012
by Sarah Geegan

Many UK students consider internship experience to be critical in their preparation for the professional world. A Lexington-based company, Lexmark Inc., consistently facilitates students from various majors into its internship positions. One student, however, took this longstanding relationship with Lexmark one step farther, or approximately 7,400 miles farther, geographically speaking.

Hannah Simms is a junior at UK, majoring in international studies and political science with a minor in Chinese studies, as well as a member of the UK Honors Program. This

11/9/2012

by Sarah Geegan & Lauren Kamas

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute will celebrate its second anniversary Friday, Nov. 9 with various events.

A free public concert, the “East Meets West: Featuring Guzheng and Western Instruments” performance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts and will be followed by a reception.  This concert will feature musical artists Chi-Sun Chan, a veteran tuba player, and Shin-Yi Yang, a professional Gu Qin and Guzheng player.

Events such as this, which UKCI strives to present throughout the year, provide a unique lens into traditional Chinese culture. Confucius Institute Director

10/8/2012

by Sarah Geegan

 

The UK College of Arts and Sciences has launched the third chapter in its Passport to the World Initiative, opening doors for students to "reimagine Russia's realms."

Proceeding from the college's years of South Africa and China, the year of Russia, "Reimagining Russia's Realms" amounts to a year-long exploration of culture and history that shaped Russia and the many other homelands of Eurasia. The initiative provides opportunities for the UK and Lexington community to learn about Russia and its neighbors in a multidisciplinary way, through events that range in focus from literature and history, to politics and the environment.

Jeanmarie Rouhier-

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