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A&S Faculty Members Among Those Awarded SEC Travel Grants

By Bryant Welbourne and Kathy Johnson

Eight University of Kentucky faculty members are among more than 100 faculty members from all 14 Southeastern Conference universities taking part in the 2017-18 SEC Faculty Travel Program. Now in its sixth year, the program provides support for selected individuals to collaborate with colleagues at other SEC member institutions.

Behind the Blue: Poet Frank X Walker Reflects on Work as Writer, Professor

 
“Affrilachia” is the word coined by poet Frank X Walker to signify the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia, and he's a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets. Walker says he has "accepted the responsibility of challenging the notion of a homogeneous all-white literary landscape in this region.”
 
A native of Danville, Kentucky, Walker is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, currently serves as associate professor in the UK Department of English, and was the 2013-14 poet laureate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was founder and executive Director of the Bluegrass Black Arts Consortium, former program director of the UK's Martin Luther King Center and a Kentucky Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship recipient. He has lectured, conducted workshops, read poetry and exhibited at more than 300 national conferences and universities and was the recipient of the 2006 Thomas D. Clark Literary Award for Excellence.
 
In this edition of Behind the Blue, Kody Kiser of UK Public Relations and Marketing talks with Walker about his work, reflections on UK both as a former student and now as a professor, and more.
 
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For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.
 
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Holmes Award Nominees Announced; Register Now for Luncheon

Twenty-three women at the University of Kentucky have been nominated for the 2016 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, and registration is underway now to attend the award ceremony and luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

Two A&S Educators Honored With 2016 Great Teacher Awards

 Six University of Kentucky educators were recently named recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2016 Great Teacher Award.

Gonzales Chosen to Judge PEN Award

PEN’s Literary Awards Committee has chosen Manuel Gonzales, assistant professor of English at the University of Kentucky, as a judge for the 2016 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize

UK College of Law, A&S Team Up To Offer 6-Year BA + JD Program

A new collaboration between the University of Kentucky College of Law and College of Arts and Sciences will allow students seeking a law degree to save time and money by graduating in six years instead of seven.

English Degree + Law School = Winning Combination

In order to prepare for the exam and for law school, the American Bar Association recommends students take courses that strengthen their writing skills and research skills, as well as pursue majors that develop skills in problem solving, analytical reading, editing and oral communication. It’s no surprise, then, that many pre-law students choose English as their major.

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