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Behind the Blue: Using Food to Explore Culture, Build Bridges

 
Steven Alvarez is used to questions about language, words and meaning.
 
But he couldn’t have been prepared for the questions being posed for teaching one class last semester.
 
Provocatively titled, “Taco Literacy,” the class taught by Alvarez to undergraduates in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD) at the University of Kentucky used food to explore issues of Hispanic language and culture — a growing population in Lexington.
 
Some, however, criticized the class as an example of being frivolous. Soon, media in Lexington — and across the country — were approaching Alvarez to ask what he meant by “taco literacy.”
 
The class, while exploring some of the culinary smells and tastes of Hispanic and Latino food in Lexington, asked students to write often and deeply about culture and food’s role in it. Journals, blogs, websites and multimedia output were also aspects of the class as students developed their skills as writers and communicators.
 
In this edition of “Behind the Blue,” Alvarez, an assistant professor in the newly created WRD department, discusses the controversy, his teaching methods and his scholarly activities.
 
And he discusses what makes a great taco, too.
 
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Ridolfo Wins Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award

by Gail Hairston
 
Jim Ridolfo of the University of Kentucky and co-editor William Hart-Davidson of Michigan State University (MSU) were recently awarded the Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award for their book “Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities.”
 
The distinguished book award is given once a year at the Computers and Writing Conference by the Conference on College Composition and Communication for book-length works that contribute in substantial and innovative ways to the field of computers and composition.
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The Books That Shaped Them

With "Banned Books Week" celebrated last week and "Teen Read Week" coming up Oct.18-24, exploring the world through literature seems to always be in season. For professors at the University of Kentucky, books have impacted their lives and careers in surprising ways.

Professor Jan Fernheimer's New Project!

Professor Jan Fernheimer discusses her new project with J.T. Waldman on Kentucky Jewish life and the history of bourbon. Read in its entirety at HBI Research.

FastTrack, FOCUS Programs Position Students Ahead of the Success Curve

Started in the summer of 2012 as an intensive “boot camp” to help University of Kentucky’s new students prepare for college-level calculus, the FastTrack program has become an integral part of efforts to help students transition to the college classroom.

New Faculty: Beth Connors-Manke

Some faculty featured in the New Faculty podcast series already have a history with the University of Kentucky. Nevertheless, we want to feature them and let our listeners get to know our faculty a bit better! This time, we interview Beth Connors-Manke from the Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies Department.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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WRD Faculty Updates!

WRD faculty have been busy this summer.

In June, Jim Ridolfo participated in A&S' Passport to the World initiative and travelled to Jordan and Morocco for a faculty development seminar. 

Jenny Rice gave an invited talk at Bar Ilan University this June entitled "What Are the Digital Humanities and Why Should We Care?"

Jeff Rice gave an invited talk at Bar Ilan University this June entitled "Digital Outragicity."

Passport to the World Takes UK Faculty to Middle East

In support of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World Initiative and the 2015 Year of the Middle East campaign, University of Kentucky Education Abroad partnered with the college

What Can I Do With a WRD Degree?

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