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Kentucky Humanities selects Crystal Wilkinson’s ‘The Birds of Opulence’ for 2021 Kentucky Reads

Kentucky Humanities has selected Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence for its 2021 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the dynamics of family and community, the strength of women, and the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Kentucky Reads will offer 25 scholar-led discussions of The Birds of Opulence to community organizations throughout the Commonwealth....

Constance Alexander: The 2020 Kentucky Book Festival will be a virtual trove of literary treasure

Karen Salyer McElmurray writes with a longing for home, and for her that means Kentucky. “It’s my deepest heart’s home,” is how she puts it. Both sides of her family are from the commonwealth, but she has lived in many other places. Right now residing in Maryland, she describes the feeling as “living in two worlds,” and expresses the hope that maybe when she retires, it could be in Kentucky,...

Kentucky Book Festival goes virtual with lineup featuring John Grisham, J. R. Ward and many more

Although the traditional week of in-person gatherings will not take place this year, the Kentucky Book Festival will carry on the celebration of reading, writing and all things bookish in the Bluegrass with a fantastic virtual lineup of discussions with authors including John Grisham, J. R. Ward, Nikky Finney, Terry Brooks, Martha S. Jones, and many, many more. “We spent several months in consultation...

Prominent photographers to discuss campaign photography in a digital world at Transylvania

Four photographers who spent years in and around the White House and national political campaigns will come together for a virtual discussion on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. hosted by Transylvania University and Kentucky Humanities. “Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” will examine the role visuals play in campaigns and whether digital imagery serves as a reliable source of information....

Kentucky Humanities awards $500K to 85 organizations through CARES Act grants

Kentucky Humanities has awarded $500,000 to 85 cultural organizations throughout the state through funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress. Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grants provide unrestricted operating and/or humanities program support to humanities organizations throughout the Commonwealth...

Kentucky Humanities receives grant to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to Kentucky

Kentucky Humanities has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Humanities has partnered with six Kentucky universities — the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Murray State University, the University of Pikeville, Transylvania University and Western Kentucky University — to bring a variety...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...

State officials predict some changes will be made to medicaid waiver and federal officials will approve it

From Kentucky Health News Some of the comments about proposed changes in the state Medicaid program will be included in an “improved” plan to be submitted to federal officials in about two weeks, Health Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson said Sunday on KET’s “One to One.” “We got some great comments; we got some very thoughtful comments” on ways the plan...

Good News, Hard Realities: Building new two-year budget presents numerous challenges for lawmakers

By John Gregory Special to KyForward When state lawmakers convene in January, their top agenda item will be to pass a new two-year budget for the commonwealth. Under the best of circumstances, it’s a challenge to find consensus on how to spend billions in taxpayer money. But legislators will face some additional hurdles in the 2016 session: – A new gubernatorial administration under Republican...

Former NBC newsman David Gregory details his ‘unlikely’ journey in How’s Your Faith

David Gregory, former moderator of NBC News’ Meet the Press is on a new journey – a spiritual one. He has written his first book, How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey, which he discussed recently with KET’s Bill Goodman. (Wikimedia Commons photo)   By Patrick Reed Special to KyForward   David Gregory, known to political news observers for more than 20 years...

Kentucky Tonight appearance by McConnell, Grimes available for viewing on KET’s website

  U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes appeared together on KET’s Kentucky Tonight hosted by Bill Goodman last night. The program represents the only platform in which both candidates will meet face to face during the campaign to discuss their views in this pivotal U.S. Senate race.   In case you missed it, the full program is available for...

Appalachian Kentucky has what it takes to improve poor health status, key officials say

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   Appalachian Kentucky has the enthusiasm, creativity, people and facilities needed to greatly improve its dismal health status, two high-ranking federal officials said after looking at the problem on a recent tour.   Dr. Thomas Frieden, Rep. Hal Rogers “I want to stir up our people to get involved in a grass-roots effort,” U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal”...