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Love is...

The 22nd annual Conference on Critical Geography was hosted at the University of Kentucky this past October. In between sessions, conference participants had the opportunity to participate in a video booth project, titled Love Is.... Here, participants were asked to share their thoughts and opinions on the nature of love.

Visiting Writers Series: Roxane Gay

As a part of the University of Kentucky's Visiting Writers Series, Roxane Gay visited campus on October 14, 2015. Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016.

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Year of Europe: Intersections of Violence in Latin America, Panel Discussion

As the third session in The Intersections of Violence in Latin America, three distinguished scholars speak about their work on violence:

Rosa Linda Fregoso is a professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her areas of specialization are femenicide, gender and racial violence, media and visual arts, and cultural politics in the Americas. Her publications include many single authored and co-edited volumes such as Terrorizing Women: Femenicide in the Americas, MeXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands, and The Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture. Cecilia Menjivar is currently a foundation distinguished professor in the department of sociology at the University of Kansas. She specializes in immigration, gender, violence, social networks, and religious institutions in the US and Latin America (particularly Central America). She has written over 90 articles and book chapters as well as six books, including Enduring Violence: Ladina Women’s Lives in Guatemala and Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America, both of which have received numerous awards. She is also currently the Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

Tiffiny Tung is the Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies in Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. She is the director of the Beringa Bioarchaeology and Archaeology Project in the Majes Valley in Arequipa, Peru. Her areas of specialization include paleopathology, violence related trauma, the use of body and body parts in rituals, bioarchaeology of imperialism, and bioarchaeological perspectives on embodiment. Her book is called Violence, Ritual, and the Wari Empire: A Social Bioarchaeology of Imperialism in the Ancient Andes.

Hitnes Mural Showcases Beauty of Science Studied at UK EREC

Home to laboratories, aviaries, research fields and ponds, the UK Ecological Research and Education Center (EREC) is also now home to life-size art that illustrates the beauty of the science studied there. Painted by Italian muralist Hitnes and a group of community members and UK students, the mural merges art and science to reflect birds Hitnes observed while he retraced the journey of John James Audubon.

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CESL Student Success: Thanh Thi Hoang

Visiting Vietnamese student, Thanh Thi Hoang, talks about her experience at the University of Kentucky and in the Center for English as a Second Language. She improved her English language skills and fell in love with the city and people of Lexington, Kentucky.

Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame 2015

The College of Arts and Sciences inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame Oct. 9, 2015, with a ceremony at the Singletary Center for the Arts, bringing the current totals to 42 alumni and 14 emeritus faculty A&S Hall of Fame members.

2015 Alumni Inductees:

Roger Di Silvestro

Linda Challis Gill

David H. Johnson, M.D.

Bobbie Ann Mason

2015 Emeritus Faculty Inductee:

Kevin Kiernan

A&S Hall of Fame 2015 - David H. Johnson, M.D.

Dr. David H. Johnson was born in Dalton, Georgia. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology (1970), now housed in the Department of Biology, and a master’s degree in botany (1972) at UK before returning to his home state to attend the Medical College of Georgia, where he received his medical degree in 1976. He served as Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical School from 1993 to 2010. Johnson was the inaugural recipient of the Cornelius Abernathy Craig Chair in Medical and Surgical Oncology and co-founded the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. In 2010, he relocated to Dallas to assume the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Johnson's research is focused on developing effective therapies for lung cancer. He has received numerous awards for his research activities. In 2014, he was named to Thomas Reuters’ list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. Johnson has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and is currently a trustee of the ABIM Foundation. In 2004-2005 he served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and championed the development of one of the country’s first cancer survivorship programs along with a pioneering cancer quality care initiative. Johnson is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, master of the American College of Physicians and fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A&S Hall of Fame 2015 - Kevin Kiernan

Kevin Kiernan is the T. Marshall Hahn Senior Professor of Arts and Sciences Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. He spent his entire 35-year career (1970-2005) in the Department of English at UK, specializing in Old and Middle English language and literature, as well as digital humanities. Kiernan received his bachelor’s in English from Fairfield University and both his master’s and doctorate in medieval studies from Case Western Reserve University. He was made a full professor at UK in 1981, served as chair of the Department of English from 1986 to 1990 and was elected Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in 1999. Kiernan earned grants and fellowships from such groups as the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Science Foundation, IBM and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 1992, in collaboration with students and colleagues from across the university, Kiernan founded the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities, which provides infrastructure and support for faculty undertaking projects in the digital humanities.

His first book, "Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript," revolutionized the dating of Beowulf and established him as a leading authority on the manuscript. Kiernan was asked to produce an electronic edition of this treasure by the British Library in 1992. Now in its fourth edition, the Electronic Beowulf is available for free online, hosted by the University of Kentucky. Its 21st anniversary was celebrated in three sessions in Kiernan's honor at the 2014 International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University.

A&S Hall of Fame 2015 - Roger Di Silvestro

Roger Di Silvestro was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1972. Di Silvestro served as CEO for Athlon Sports Communications, a media company specializing in publishing and sports marketing, and retired in 2006 after 30 years with the company. In 2005, Di Silvestro co-authored "The Art of Constructive Confrontation," a methodological guide to building productive personal and professional relationships with reduced conflict. Today, he spends the majority of his time traveling the world and teaching constructive confrontation.

Di Silvestro was an initial member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association. In 2004, he created the Di Silvestro Professorship, dedicated to enhancing research excellence within the College of Arts and Sciences. Di Silvestro was instrumental in building the first YMCA Teen Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He has remained devoted to the YMCA “We Build People” program that operates safe and educational childcare programs throughout middle Tennessee. He was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 for his volunteer and philanthropic involvement. Di Silvestro has one son who is scheduled to graduate from UK in 2015.

A&S Hall of Fame 2015 - Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason was raised on her family’s dairy farm in Mayfield, Kentucky. Mason received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Kentucky in 1962. At UK, she was a staff member of the Kentucky Kernel and wrote a weekly satirical column. Gurney Norman was one of her first inspirations as a writer. She took creative writing courses from Robert Hazel, who was a mentor to a cluster of writers — including Norman, Wendell Berry, James Baker Hall and Ed McClanahan — who all made their way back to UK to teach in the Department of English. She earned her master’s from Harpur College at Binghamton University in 1966, and after finishing her doctorate in literature at the University of Connecticut in 1972, she turned to writing fiction. In 1980, during a period of renaissance of the short story, The New Yorker magazine began publishing her fiction.

Mason’s first book of fiction, “Shiloh & Other Stories,” won the PEN/Hemingway Award, and her first novel, “In Country,” was made into a Norman Jewison film starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. She has received the Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her writing has won the Kentucky Book Award and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Mason is former writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky (2001-2011). Her most recent novel, “The Girl in the Blue Beret,” ventures into World War II and the ways it is remembered.

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