Carmen Martínez Novo can point to a specific event in her childhood that inspired her future work as an anthropologist: as a young child in Madrid, Spain, she witnessed deep-seeded unease and cultural prejudice among her otherwise socially progressive, Left-leaning neighbors when a gypsy family moved in.
"The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" is a book of poetry about the slain civil rights icon and now the title of a special one-hour radio production by WUKY 91.3 FM, the University of Kentucky's NPR station.
Many of us have felt it, though we don't admit it: spiteful joy in response to the pain or misfortune of others. It may stem from envy, self-esteem concerns or even a passion for justice, but whether or not we confess to it, the feeling exists universally. The good news is that psychologists believe these are natural human emotions; there are psychological and adaptive foundations to back them up.
The student co-presidents of the Graphite Creative Writing Association were brought together by the group’s faculty advisor, English associate professor Julia Johnson. The young student organization will work to do for the other creative writers on the University of Kentucky’s campus what the club has already done for them—create a stronger sense of fellowship and community.