By University Press of KentuckyUK Libraries and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 9, 2021) —  Thanks to University Press of Kentucky and librarians from the UK Libraries, here's a short list to of summer reading tips from University of Kentucky faculty members, alumni and local community members.

With topics ranging from food and beverages, history and geography to fiction and sports — there’s something for every reader and every interest. 

Athletics and Sports

CHSS is happy to announce its first-ever round of grant awards. Four awardees are recipients of the Faculty Manuscript Book Workshop! The Faculty Manuscript Book Workshops are an opportunity for generating constructive, informed criticism on near-final book manuscripts, when authors can most effectively utilize such feedback. An expert in the awardee’s field will be invited to present their thoughts on the manuscript, followed by a response from the author and discussion with a broader group of invited faculty.    And the winners are:     Eladio Bobadilla Eladio Bobadilla is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History. His tenure book is “Without Borders: A History of the Immigrants’ Rights Movement.” The manuscript is a part of the Working Class in American History Series and is

By Phil Harling

Vanessa Holden is Associate Professor of History and African American & Africana Studies.

This has been an exciting academic year for our friend and colleague Vanessa Holden. She’s returned to Lexington after a fruitful time as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Center for Diversity Innovation at the University at Buffalo. She’s just been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure. And she has an important book coming out in July with the University of Illinois Press, Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community. Her pathbreaking monograph promises to be a foundational text in our effort to understand practices of survival and resistance within communities of enslaved people, including the crucial but all too often overlooked roles that women and indeed even children played in them.


By Julie Wrinn

Madeline Imler is a double major in history and anthropology who plans to pursue graduate work in history.

While online education has existed for some time, not until Covid-19 did anyone realize that online internships made sense. The whole point of an internship is to exit the classroom and experience real-world environments, working side-by-side with people in your field of interest. But with so many of those real-world environments also operating remotely during Covid, suddenly the idea of a remote internship didn’t seem so peculiar.

Madeline Imler (B.A. in History and Anthropology, May 2022) can now attest to the value of such an internship. A graduate of Assumption High School in Louisville, Madeline served as an intern in fall 2020 for the UK Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Inaugurated in 2020 and led by former History


M.A. student Jay Ball and his friend Mark Auslander wrote a piece for the History News Network entitled "Rally 'Round the Rune: Fascist Echoes of the CPAC Stage."

Carson Benn (Ph.D., May 2021) published “‘Signals to Every Dip and Hollow’: The Rise and Fall of the Appalachian Education Satellite Program and the Appalachian Community Service Network," in the latest

By Lindsey Piercy May 24, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 24, 2021) — It's a question that is critical to families and communities across the Commonwealth — how do we tackle the opioid epidemic?

The University of Kentucky is helping to organize and host the second annual Edward Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy & Drugs in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.

The 2021 “Kreminar” will feature virtual seminars about the history and contemporary status of opiates, opioids and addiction.

“The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is pleased to co-sponsor these events because it is important to understand that


By Richard LeComte

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Carrigan Wasilchenko was adopted from China through Holt International and grew up as an Asian American in Powell County, Kentucky. Thanks to the opportunity to pursue a liberal arts education at the University of Kentucky – and to take part in a new class that looks at the history of Asian Americans – she was able to see how her story fit into the mosaic that is the United States.  

“Growing up, I always tried to fade into the whiteness of my community, and I was just kind of afraid because I didn't know, first of all, what it meant to be Asian,” said Wasilchenko, who recently graduated from the College of Health Sciences and will enter UK Medical School in the fall. “In your teen years, everyone has an identity crisis: ‘Who am I? What do I stand


By Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2021) — Two University of Kentucky faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences are recipients of The Graduate School’s distinguished annual awards for exemplary research in the last four years and outstanding contributions to graduate student mentoring and graduate education.

Mark T. Fillmore, Director of Graduate Studies and professor of cognitive science in the Department of Psychology, is the 2021 recipient of the William B. Sturgill Award, an honor given each year to a graduate faculty member who has provided outstanding contributions to graduate education at UK.

In addition, 


By Richard LeComte

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Disparities in Appalachian property tax assessments – and the inability of counties to raise them because of a Kentucky law – has drawn the ire of Michelle Starkey, who delved into the subject with all the passion an undergraduate history major could muster.

The resulting essay, “Bleeding Eastern Kentucky,” received the first Ireland Paper Prize in History at the University of Kentucky. The award, from the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences, carries a $10,000 prize.

The prize honors Robert M. Ireland, a retired UK history faculty member who taught at UK for 41 years. Wm. Joseph Foran, a UK alumnus who was a student of Ireland’s, established the award to encourage and reward outstanding historical research and writing by history students.

Although Starkey, who graduated as a history major in


By Lindsey Piercy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2021) — Amy Murrell Taylor, the T. Marshall Hahn Jr. Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, is serving as the 2020-21 College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Professor and will deliver the annual Distinguished Professor Lecture next week.

"My colleagues across the College of Arts and Sciences have inspired me in so many ways,” Murrell Taylor said. “To have them recognize me with a distinguished professorship is deeply humbling — and an honor I will cherish for the rest of my career."

The lecture, titled 


By Jenny Wells-Hosley

The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences will induct six new members into the A&S Hall of Fame next week as part of its 2020 class of inductees.

For the first time in 21 years, the Hall of Fame ceremony will take place virtually, offering the campus community and the public the opportunity to watch the induction ceremony and celebration. The ceremony had to be delayed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Those interested in attending must register at and can tune in at 7 p.m. EDT Friday, April 9, at

The 2020 alumni inductees include:

Ouita Papka Michel (Political


By University Press of Kentucky and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2021) — The University Press of Kentucky is debuting its newest series, “Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices,” edited by Crystal Wilkinson, niversity of Kentucky faculty member and Kentucky's recently named Poet Laureate, alongside Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Davis Shoulders.

This book series gives voice to Black, Native, Latinx, Asian, queer and other nonwhite or ignored identities within the Appalachian region.  

“This series reminds us that Appalachian literature is an ever-changing, complex organism with ancient bones and a


By Lindsey Piercy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2021) — Tracy Campbell, accomplished author and history professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, is the winner of the New-York Historical Society's Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize for "The Year of Peril: America in 1942."

The prestigious honor is awarded each year to the best work in the field of American history or biography.

“I’m deeply honored by this award and all it represents,” Campbell said. “When I sent the final version to the publisher in late 2019, I wondered if anyone would be interested in reading about a traumatized nation struggling to survive.”

“The Year of Peril,” published


By George Wright

One of the most rewarding parts of my role as chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion implementation plan, is that I continue to meet outstanding individuals from UK who are devoted to their community – Dr. Anastasia Curwood is one of those leaders.

Where are you from and what is your background?

I am from Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up going to the Cambridge public schools until I went to college, which was at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania – an all-women’s institution. That was where I became devoted to scholarship.

When I went to graduate school at Princeton for history, what was important to me was having a vibrant community of Black scholars. My advisor was Nell Irvin Painter, the great historian, and she had a very talented group of students,


By University Press of Kentucky and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2020) — The University Press of Kentucky is launching a new series, “Race and Sports,” edited by University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences professors Gerald L. Smith and Derrick E. White

“By seeking books that explore the intersections of sports and racial and ethnic histories through the racial dynamics of gender, culture, masculinity, sexuality, and power through biography, community, film, literature, and oral history, the series opens a new analysis


By Richard LeComte

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Francie Chassen-López, professor of history in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been named the Otis A. Singletary Endowed Chair in Humanities.

The professorship is named after Otis A. Singletary, a historian and the eighth president of UK, serving from 1969 to 1987.

“Professor Chassen-López is an internationally renowned scholar whose research has had a profound impact on the understanding of Southern Mexican history all around the globe, but especially in the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking worlds,” said Christian Brady, interim dean of the College.

Chassen-López has produced three single-authored books, two co-authored books, two short books, three edited short anthologies, and 53 journal articles and books chapters, one of which won the Tibesar Prize in 2000 from the Council


By University Press of Kentucky and Danielle Donham

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2020) — When the Declaration of Independence was signed by a group of wealthy white men in 1776, poor white men, African Americans and women quickly discovered that the unalienable rights it promised were not truly for all. 

The 19th Amendment eventually gave women the right to vote in 1920, but the change was not welcomed by people of all genders in politically and religiously conservative Kentucky. As a result, the suffrage movement in the Commonwealth involved a tangled web of stakeholders, entrenched interest groups, unyielding constitutional barriers and activists with competing strategies.

In this new release from the 


The 17th floor of Patterson Office Tower is strangely quiet this semester. Thanks to Covid, most of us are working remotely, and we greatly look forward to the day when POT will once again become its usual beehive of activity. But even then, if it seems quiet compared to what it was, that’s because Bruce Holle has retired after 45 years of teaching.

Bruce reckons he taught more than ten thousand students over the course of his teaching career, which began at the University of Michigan, where he got his Ph.D. in 1978, and ended at UK, where he has taught ever since. Nearly every one of them has visited Bruce’s office at one time or another. I should know, because my office was only a few doors down from Bruce’s. For as far back as I can remember, almost every time I walked past, he was in there talking to at least one student, and often to three or four.

Bruce was a


Carson Benn received the 2020 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for research on Appalachia.  He will be presenting his work during the academic year 2020-21: “Broadcasting Region: The Midwest Program on Airborne Television Instruction and the Case for an Appalachian Network.”

Eladio Bobadilla is a new dad. Ellison Ted Bobadilla came into the world on Monday, Sept. 28.  Timaree and the babe are doing great. Congratulations, Timaree and Eladio. Eladio Bobadilla, along with other scholars, shared his thoughts about the Louisville protests: 


Robert M. Ireland Undergraduate Research Award

Established in honor of Professor Emeritus Robert M. Ireland, who encouraged excellence and provided advice and support to generations of History majors, this award grants up to $1,000 to offset research expenses to undergraduate History majors or minors engaged in independent research inside or outside of the classroom, with preference to students with unmet financial need. Congratulations to the following awardees, pursuing the following projects in 2020–21:

Heidi Waterman: internships at the Kentucky Refugee Ministry, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the Mary Todd Lincoln House. Pedro Fonseca: independent research on Brazil. Christopher Beebout: internship at the Kentucky Historical Society. Samuel George Belza: internship at the Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences.


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