As we finish up Fall semester of 2022 and prepare for a much-needed break, we wanted to highlight a few steps A&S is taking to create a more inclusive, bias-free community.
We know, regardless of whether it makes the news or not, that racism is a part of the daily lived experience of our faculty, students, and staff of color. We cannot be an inclusive campus when valued members of our community are treated poorly or feel unsafe. To be explicit about fighting racism, we have two initiatives that will need faculty and student support, and we
encourage you to participate in these initiatives as you can:
First, we are creating a new Virtual Classroom series, a series of online webinars for students. The first one will be focused on Learning about Racism. Faculty who are interested are asked to contact Associate Dean Christia Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) about submitting a 5-minute mini-lecture about racism from their disciplinary perspective. We will combine these multi-disciplinary mini-lectures into a cohesive webinar that will be available to students online. We are hoping that instructors will encourage their students to watch the Virtual Classrooms for credit or extra credit.
Second, we will begin a bystander intervention program to help students know how to help their peers when bias incidents happen. Our goal is change what is acceptable among our students and do a better job of Taking Care of Each Other. For this program, we will employ a train-the-trainer model from StepUp!, an empirically-supported program designed for use on college campuses, that helps empower students to recognize bias and safely respond. We hope to have people volunteer to help begin this project in January.
In the meantime, take time to relax over break. If you celebrate a holiday over the break, we hope it is meaningful. We look forward to working with you in the new year.
— Dr. Christia Spears Brown
Associate Dean of Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion
Fall 2022 Improving Inclusion in the Classroom Workshops Recap
Thanks to all who attended our Fall 2022 Improving Inclusion in the Classroom Workshop sessions this semester! Plans for the Spring 2023 IIC Workshops will be announced in January and details will follow on how you can get involved.
Please access our survey below to provide feedback for future sessions!
Resources from our Fall 2022 workshops can be
accessed by going to the DEI Resources webpage and selecting 'Improving Inclusion in the Classroom Resources.' Resources for all 3 Fall Sessions have been added.
If you have topics you would like to see covered in our Spring 2023 workshops, please email email@example.com or share on our
survey by clicking the button below.
Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MCLLC) is a critical center for humanities education at UK and a cornerstone of UK’s efforts to prepare its students for professional lives in a globally interconnected world, a central goal of UK’s educational mission. The department seeks to fulfill this mission through comprehensive teaching and training at the undergraduate and graduate levels, original research advancing knowledge in the study of language and a vast array of cultural products (art, film, folklore, literature, music, mythology, religion, theatre), service to communities within and outside the Commonwealth, and
outreach in the schools to fulfill needs with respect to language instruction and cultural awareness.
The diversity of the research conducted in MCLLC is illustrated by the broad disciplinary backgrounds of its faculty and the specific projects on which it works. The department is comprised of linguists, literary theorists, literary historians, second-language acquisition specialists, historians of religion, philologists, archaeologists, folklorists, and anthropologists. Some recent publications, news, and outreach include:
Ihsan Bagby was invited to the White House on May 2, 2022 to attend the Eid al-Fitr celebration. Dr. Bagby has been recognized for his notable contributions to the American Muslim community.
Gloria Allaire and Julie Human's collection of essays entitled Courtly Pastimes was published in the Routledge Medieval Casebooks series. This volume contains 16
selected and revised papers that were originally presented at the International Courtly Literature Society's 2016 Congress hosted and organized here by Gloria and Julie.
Rebeccah Dawson’s research on sport and societal upheaval was recently featured in the Podcast “Outside Write,” where she discussed her recently published edited volume Football Nation: the Playing Fields of German Culture, History, and Society: https://outsidewrite.libsyn.com/football-in-german-society
Sheila Jelen (Jewish Studies) submitted a book manuscript titled "Israeli Salvage Poetics" to Wayne State University Press. This book explores the ways in which modern Hebrew writers address Eastern European pre-Holocaust Jewish life in their works.
Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg were interviewed in Latin by a German scholar about their promoting of Latin at the University of Kentucky and beyond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdlr4UD6M18
Anna V. Voskresensky received the 2022 American Association of Teachers of Slavic & East European Languages Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Award which recognizes her excellence in the classroom and in the program.
MCLLC teaches 5,600 UK students each year in the Global Humanities (language, culture, literature, film studies, mythology, and folklore) who go on to careers in diplomacy, public and foreign service, non-profits, international business, medicine, law, journalism, publishing, and national security. In MCLLC, the study of language and culture is considered to be an “opportunity multiplier” for students, helping them succeed in whatever career pathway they choose. Offering instruction in 10
languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian), MCLLC is home to an average of 114 majors and 191 minors, of whom a large majority engage in study abroad, as well as 45 graduate students from 6 continents spread across 7 graduate programs (with online options). In addition, MCLLC faculty currently sponsor 9 different student language and academic clubs and coordinate a wide array of events for undergraduates. Some upcoming events of note that are open to the public:
Hanukkah Celebration and Informational Event on Monday, Dec. 5th at 4pm in Dickey Hall 109
The Russian Singing Class Concert on Monday, Dec. 5th at 4:30p in the Niles Gallery at the Fine Arts Library
The German Winterfest in the Max Kade German House and Cultural Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 5pm
MCLLC is an essential contributor, along with several other departments, to the Certificate in International Film Studies in Arts and Sciences. The department broadens student exposure to cultural issues and film aesthetics from around the world by offering courses (primarily in English) on cinematic traditions from around the world. This Spring '23, the film studies program is organizing a film series called "Reproductive Lives and
Reproductive Justice in Global Cinema," which will feature films from around the world that explore a range of topics related to reproductive lives. The films will explore issues related to surrogacy, adoption, trans pregnancy, abortion, and other issues related to reproductive lives in a range of geographic and cultural contexts. Look for the schedule at https://ifs.as.uky.edu/ at the start of spring semester.
If you have experienced an incidence of bias, please report it. We are working hard to make UK a bias-free, inclusive campus.