International Activities

To complete your certificate, you will need to attend at least two activities with an international focus after you have returned to the U.S. These co-curricular activities may include lecturesperformancesworkshopsvolunteer work, or conferences. You may hear of others from professors, friends, and organizations located both on and off campus. When you attend an activity, keep in mind that you will be writing a reflective essay placing your responses to the activity within the context of the other experiences you have gained while earning the Certificate of Global Studies (including education abroad, language learning, and coursework). You may decide to take notes to this effect during the event. See this link for more info on the reflective essays; please review this info before attending the event.

This page will be updated regularly with events that are already approved for the Certificate of Global Studies. If you'd like to find out if another activity qualifies, please contact the Director of Global Studies, Dr. Julie Human (, prior to attending. In your email, provide the date, time, location, presenter name, title of presentation, and if possible, a web link to more information so the activity can be added to the list below. 

If you need information about a past event (as you are writing an essay, for example), consult the calendar archive.

3/22 3:30 p.m. W.T. Young Library Alumni Gallery Mhoze Chikowero, a professor at U of California Santa Barbara will lecture on “Sonic Engineering of Colonial Subjecthood: New Radical African History Through Music.” 
3/23 Various Various Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez will give a free public lecture 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the Briggs Theater, in the Fine Arts Building. A reception follows in Lafferty Hall. Hafez will also hold an open forum for faculty and students at 11 a.m. Friday, in Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Hafez flyer.
3/23, 3/24 Various Fine Arts Building 102, Black Box Theatre The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance Studio Season presents a stage adaptation Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. The Little Prince flyer
3/23 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center for the Arts The UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, will perform a concert featuring Igor Stravinsky’s legendary ballet score, “The Rite of Spring," and other pieces by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Messiaen. UK Symphony Orchestra flyer.
3/29 7:30 p.m. Hardymon Theater at Marksbury Building (329 Rose St.) Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, will give a lecture titled "US-Russia Conflict: The New Normal?" Rojansky flyer.
3/30 2:00 p.m. Gatton Kincaid Auditorium Iñaki Sagarzazu, professor at Texas Tech U, will speak on "The Slow Demise of Venuzuela's Democracy." Sagarzazu flyer.
3/31 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Theater (214 E. Main St.) Join the Russian Club for a screening of The Death of Stalin (Death of Stalin trailer on YouTube). 
4/4 5:00 p.m. W.T. Young Library Auditorium Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, professor of history at Columbia University, will speak on “Tet 1968 Revisited.” "Remembering Vietnam" Lecture Series flyer.
4/6 3:00 p.m Hardymn Theater, Marksbury Building (329 Rose St.) International Village Friday Film Series: Kaaka Muttai (Tamil, 2014).
4/7-5/19 Various Louisville area Shakespeare in the Parks presents A Midsummer Night's Dream in various parks around Louisville. Shakespeare in the Parks webpage.
4/8 3:00 p.m. Alliance française de Louisville, 1313 Lyndon LN, Ste 111, Louisville, 40222 Brett Corbin, former New York Times correspondent in Paris, will speak on his experiences living as an expat in France. Corbin announcement website.
4/10 7:00 p.m. W.T. Young Library Auditorium A&S Distinguished Professor Lecture will be given by 2017-2018 recipient, Karen Petrone (History): “Remembering and Forgetting the Soviet Union’s ‘Great Patriotic War’: Politics and Memory in Putin’s Russia”. Petrone flyer
4/10 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Theatre (214 E. Main St.) Russian Folk Music Ensemble Zolotoj Plyos will perform A Musical Journey Though Russia. Free and open to the public. Zolotoj Plyos flyer.
4/12 12:30 p.m. Hardymon Theater, Marksbury Building (329 Rose St.) Sangay Mishra, professor of political science and international relations at Drew U, will speak on “Political Lives of South Asian Americans: Beyond Ethnoracial Solidarity.” Mishra flyer.
4/13 3:00 p.m. W.T. Young Library Auditorium International Village Friday Film Series (and Russian Week): The Student (Russian, 2016), introduction by Molly Blasing (MCLLC).
4/13, 4/14 Various The Farish Theatre, 140 E. Main St (Lexington Public Library) UKShakes presents Titus AndronicusUKShakes flyer.
4/15 TBD Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center (Louisville) UK Student Activities Board is organizing a trip to Louisville to see Les Misérables​. Tickets are $25 for students ($50 for faculty/staff), and include transportation to Louisville and lunch. They can be purchased at the Student Involvement Ticket Center at Bowman's Den.  
4/16 2:00 p.m. Gatton Kincaid Auditorium Songying Fang, professor of political science at Rice U, will speak on US-China Relations and game theory. Fang flyer.
4/16 7:30 p.m. Singletary Center Recital Hall UK Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works by Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, and Mozart during the spring concert. Free admission. UK Philharmonic flyer.
4/19-4/21 Various Various UK will host KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, during which over 700 scholars in 15 disciplines will be on campus. For more info, see the KFLC program
4/19 4:30 p.m. W.T. Young Library Auditorium Christian Appy, professor of history at U of Massachussetts, will speak on "The American Legacies of the Vietnam War." "Remembering Vietnam" Lecture Series flyer.
4/20 3:00 p.m. Theater at Marksbury Building (329 Rose St.) International Village Friday Film Series: Hate (French, 1995), introduction by Jeff Peters (MCLLC).
4/26 4:00 p.m. Whitehall Classroom Building 106 Debra Castillo, professor of comparative literature at Cornell U, will present on New Frontiers for Mexican American Literature See Castillo flyer for more info.


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