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Politically Comprehensive with Gwendolyn Schaefer

Gwendolyn Schaefer knew she wanted to study abroad in the Middle East, but the Arab Spring presented a potential threat to her personal security. Her first two choices were Egypt and Syria, but both were deep in the throes of political unrest. Eventually, she landed in Amman, Jordan through Education Abroad at UK with AMIDEAST. There, she was paired with an internship at Jordan’s Ministry of Political Development. The trip made such a mark on Schaefer that she quickly returned.

Schaefer’s second trip was helped by a summer research grant from UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. The grant allowed her to return and carry out her own research project studying female Iraqi refugees in Jordan.

In this podcast, Schaefer, now a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in both Geography and International Studies, discusses her travels and how her two different majors prepared her for the work she did overseas and why other students should consider doing the same.

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

 

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Teaching English as a Second Language: Francis Bailey

In 2011, the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures gained a new faculty member: Francis Bailey, the current director of the TESL MA program. It's a new degree program that will train graduate students to teach English as a second language. In this interview, Bailey shares the program's philosophy and the various avenues through which students will work with diverse communities within Fayette County, including the Carnegie Center and BCTC.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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Following the Campaign Trail: Currents Fall 2012

Fall of 2012 was the perfect time to conduct a class about American electoral politics - so it was taken up as the topic for Currents, a class offered to incoming Freshmen. The course explores the 2012 election from a variety of academic perspectives - including, but not limited to, philosophy, economics, history, and, of course, political science. In this podcast, five Currents students shared their experiences with the class. 

The students interviewed are: Trevor McNary, a double major in International Studies and Economics with a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies; Jonathan Burdick, a Chemistry major; Elisabeth Campbell, a double major in Russian and Political Science with a minor in Spanish; Kevin States, a double major in marketing & management; and Kyle Richardson, a Political Science major. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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Crime and Punishment in Russia's Realms: Cynthia Ruder & Janet Stamatel

When you hear the phrase “Crime and Punishment,” you may think of the famous novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – or, if you’re a student at the University of Kentucky, you may think about a unique course developed by Cynthia Ruder and Janet Stamatel. The course, titled “A&S 100-401: Crime and Punishment in Russia’s Realms,” will examine issues of crime and punishment from literary, social science, and creative perspectives in Russia and surrounding countries from the 1920s to the present. 

The course is offered as part of the College of Arts & Sciences’ Passport to the World: Reimagining Russia’s Realms. For more information about the course (or to enroll), please contact your academic advisor. The course will run from October until December 2012 on Monday & Wednesday evenings, and is worth two credit hours.

The Passport to the World initiative is sponsored by the A&S Advisory Board.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman

 

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Unearthing Roman Secrets: an interview with George Crothers and Paolo Visona

Dripsinum is the name of a place that isn't on any modern map - but, according to recent research, should be on the maps of the ancient Roman Empire. Archaeologists George Crothers and Paolo Visona returned from Italy this summer with data that indicates the whereabouts of the lost Roman settlement, said to be half the size of Pompeii - and another, older site below that!

Though written about in antiquity by medieval scholars and even Pliny the Elder, the features of the ancient city have only recently come to light: with the assistance of magnetic and radar images taken by Crothers and his team. In this podcast, the features of the site are described by Visona and Crothers, as well as the historical and cultural significance of these discoveries. 

The trip was sponsored by a Research Support Grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research, and supported by the City of Arzignano, Italy. 

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

 

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Conversational Chinese at Shanghai University: Liang Luo

Since 2010, the Chinese Studies program at UK has taken groups of students to Shanghai University in the summer for a 6-credit Conversational Chinese course. Liang Luo is a professor of Chinese culture and language, and has accompanied two of these groups to Shanghai. The group that went this summer also participated in the Shanghai University & UK Student Summit, part of the programs that the American Studies Center has brought to Shanghai this year. 

For more information about study abroad programs at UK, please visit uky.edu/educationabroad.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman
 

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