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3/18/2014

By Nolan Gray

(March 18, 2014) - Whether you’re haggling in the agora in 400 BCE, or sitting in traffic in 2014 CE, humanity seems to have a universal desire to understand truth, ethics, and the “good life.”

“Philosophy in the broadest sense is all about what’s true and what’s good. Yet philosophy is also about how we should ask questions about the good and the true,” said Eric Sanday, Associate Professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Philosophy. “A historical approach to these questions involves determining how ancient authors understood these issues.”

At the upcoming Lexington Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, academics from across the country will explore this very theme: what

3/10/2014
Elisia Cohen

by Whitney Harder

(March 7, 2014) – Two University of Kentucky women who profoundly contribute to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth received the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award yesterday during a luncehon ceremony at the UK Student Center. Meg Marquis, staff, and Elisia Cohen, faculty, received the 2014 Holmes Award.

The award recognizes one female faculty member and one female staff member who promote growth and well-being of women at the university and across Kentucky. Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at UK and brings recognition for efforts that might otherwise go unnoticed.  

Meg Marquis, director of Student Services for the 

3/4/2014
Sarah Bennett Holmes

by Whitney Harder

(Feb. 28, 2014) – Nominations for the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award are in and a total of 26 women will be acknowledged at the Holmes Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the UK Student Center. Two of the 26 women who profoundly contribute to issues that affect women at the University of Kentucky and across the Commonwealth will be chosen as the 2014 award recipients.

Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at UK. The award recognizes one female faculty member and one female staff member who promote growth and well-being of

11/7/2013

 


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article by Jenny Wells

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2013) — In addition to research presentations, the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will offer numerous volunteer opportunities for the entire campus community when the University of Kentucky hosts the conference April 3-5, 2014. From helping direct traffic, to managing technology, to just helping students find where they need to go, there will be a variety of positions available to students, faculty and staff.

Students will have even more flexibility to get involved, as the University Senate has given permission for faculty to redirect their classes April 3 and 4 so students can attend conference events and presentations. 

"This is a bit unusual; it's a new

10/11/2013
Ryan Pitts


(Oct. 11, 2013) — While pursuing undergraduate degrees in political science,history and philosophy at the University of Kentucky, Ryan Pitts was recently accepted into the Dual Degree Program at Duke University in hopes of earning a J.D./LL.M in international and comparative law.  Pitts also received a substantial scholarship in order to pursue this program. He plans on attending in May 2014.

A particularly involved student with a 4.0 GPA, Pitts was one of the select 200 of over 5,000 applicants to be admitted into this “Top 14” law program. 

"This has been a surreal time, a dream come true," said Pitts. "I cannot thank my family, friends, or the faculty at UK enough for helping accomplish

9/27/2013

by Guy Spriggs

(Sept. 27, 2013)  — For almost a decade, UK philosophy professor Natalie Nenadic worked with feminist pioneer Catharine MacKinnon to coordinate a legal response to the sexual atrocities committed in the Bosnian genocide. Her efforts were integral in world recognition of such atrocities and their criminalization under international law.

After being awarded a grant from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), however, Nenadic is returning to her original research on understanding today’s proliferation of pornography and sexual violence and the role of technology in this development.

The AAUW grant won by Nenadic assessed not only the quality of projects

5/22/2013

Congratulations to Clare Batty and Eric Sanday, who have been promoted to Associate Professor. 5/8/13

5/22/2013

We congratulate several Philosophy Department PhD graduates who were hired this spring into faculty positions:  Joan Braune, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount Mary College, Milwaukee;  Josh Horn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin/Stevens Point;  and Tyler Klaskow, Visiting Assistant Professor (three-year appointment) at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. 5/1/13

5/22/2013

Several Philosophy Department faculty and graduate students have been awarded fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year.  Among the faculty, Natalie Nenadicreceived a research fellowship from the American Association of University Women to work on her book, "Sexual Abuse and Pornography Today: A Heideggerian Analysis."  Graduate student fellowships include Ollie Wiitala, Dissertation Year Fellowship; Rob Guerin, UK-Heidelberg Exchange Scholarship and a research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD); and Margot Wielgus, Allocated

5/22/2013

A number of students received awards from the Philosophy Department in 2012-13.  Undergraduate awards included Jeri McIntosh, Senior Achievement Award; Amy Logsdon, Matchette Award; and Kendra Sanders, Kuiper-DeBoer Award.  Graduate student awards included Josh Horn,

5/22/2013

The Philosophy Graduate Student Association hosted its sixteenth annual conference in the W.T.Y. Young Library on April 6 2013.  The conference was entitled "Philosophy and Community" and featured six graduate student talks along with a keynote address by Prof. Julian Young of Wake Forest University on "Nietzsche: The Long View." 4/6/13

5/22/2013

Professor Dan Breazeale of the Philosophy Department has been named a Provost's Distinguished Service Professor for 2013-14.  This is the highest award given to faculty at U.K. and is based on lifetime achievement in teaching, research, and service. 4/2/13

10/10/2012

by Sarah Geegan

A panel of faculty members will address a growing debate in national health care policy on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the White Hall Classroom Building, Room 114.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Political Science, the event will examine a prevailing issue surrounding the Affordable Care Act: that it requires most employers to provide insurance that covers contraception and sterilization. The requirement includes procedures that many critics consider a form of abortion.

The panel, consisting of professor Jacob Affolter from the Department of

10/9/2012

by Sarah Geegan

 

The University of Kentucky Department of Philosophy and the UK Program for Bioethics will present the latest component in the Research Ethics Lecture Series Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Dr. Jeffrey Bishop, director and Tenet Chair of Health Care Ethics at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, will present "Neuroscience and Other Sociopolitical Schemes." The lecture will focus upon neuroscience research on locating morality or virtue within

6/5/2012
President Clinton with Students

 

By Sarah Geegan   What began as a brainstorm for some kind of community service project became very real for seven University of Kentucky students and for the people of Owsley County, Ky. These seven students established a project redefining community service — empowering the entire county just 87 miles from Lexington to bolster itself against the debilitating factors affecting Eastern Kentucky.  

In November, the James W. Stuckert Career Center assembled a UK team to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program through which university students propose solutions to the world's humanitarian problems. While each of the students came from different backgrounds, from the College of Arts and Sciences to the 

6/5/2012
ted schatzski

By Sarah Geegan

Ted Schatzki, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of philosophy and geography, recently delivered the 2012 Distinguished Lecture at the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Essex in England.

Founded by the renowned theorist Ernesto Laclau, the centre has historically been home to a collection of thinkers known as the Essex School of Discourse Theory. Since its founding, the centre has sponsored a range of activities, including weekly seminars, mini-courses, graduate conferences, and an annual distinguished lecturer. 

Past distinguished lecturers have

12/13/2011

 

By Kathy Johnson

The University of Kentucky Appalachian CenterAppalachian Studies and the Graduate Appalachian Research Community are making a call for papers for the 2012 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. The topic of the work must be related to Appalachia, original, and produced in the last three years. 

The deadline for submitting an abstract of work online is midnight Dec. 15. The submission can be made by going to the GARC tab on www.appalachiancenter.org and clicking on the "Abstract

11/4/2011
Year of China

 

By Erin Holaday Ziegler

The University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences will host a trailblazing American diplomat next week to continue the college's Year of China initiative.

Former U.S. Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch will speak on “Leadership and Education in a Globalizing World: China’s Challenge” at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 118 of the White Hall Classroom Building on UK's campus.

Bloch’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the "Passport to China: Global Issues & Local Understanding" course taught by UK sociology Professor Keiko Tanaka.

Ambassador Bloch, the first Asian-American ambassador in American history, has had a broad career in U.S. government service. She is currently president of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a nonprofit organization working

10/6/2011

By Whitney Hale

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities will present the 2011 Bale Boone Symposium in the Humanities Oct. 10-12 on the topic of religion. The free public symposium, "Religion in the 21st Century," will give the public an opportunity to explore the connections between religion and such topics as history, science and politics.            

Three presentations on religion are scheduled for the 2011 Bale Boone Symposium. The event will open with the session "Are Faith and History Compatible?" featuring speakers Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Professor at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David G. Hunter, Cottrill-Rolfes Chair of

9/14/2011

 

By Gail Hairston, Erin Holaday Ziegler

 

There's an academic side of Martin Luther King Jr. that few people know about. From John Locke to Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, King studied them all and considered going into academia himself.

 

University of Kentucky philosophy Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and the inaugural 

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