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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 now accepting applications for CARES Act emergency operating grants

Kentucky Humanities has been provided with grant funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to assist cultural institutions affected by the Coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law last month by President Donald Trump. A Kentucky Humanities CARES Act Grant will provide unrestricted operating...

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 Humanities centers statewide literacy initiative on Wendell Berry’s ‘Hannah Coulter’

Kentucky Humanities has selected Wendell Berry’s Hannah Coulter for its 2020 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the changes in rural America, rural Kentucky and including what it means to be part of a rural community. Hannah Coulter was selected in conjunction with the arrival of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America coming...

Kentucky Humanities adds KyForward columnist Constance Alexander as featured speaker to its roster

KyForward columnist Constance Alexander, award-winning columnist, poet, and playwright from Murray, was chosen by Kentucky Humanities as a presenter, statewide, on the organization’s Speakers Roster. Alexander has been a featured speaker since 2009. In 2020, her two presentations focus specifically on Kentucky topics. One relates to Kentucky poets and their works, and the other highlights the experiences...

Garden Springs Elementary students flourish through Prime Time Family Reading Time program

Prime Time Family Reading Time has brought multiple generations together at Garden Springs Elementary to share lively stories and life experiences. “If our mission is to get children and parents reading and discussing books together, then this program fits the bill,” said school librarian Kay Snyder, who coordinated the six-week series. “We’re advocating literacy through the family because...

Kentucky Humanities 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair at Alltech Arena anchors week-long literary festival

Kentucky Humanities will present the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival taking place Nov. 10-16. “The Kentucky Book Fair is among the longest-running events of its kind in the country,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director...

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,...

NKU’s Lewatis McNeal named newest member of Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors

Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities board of directors. During his term on the 23-person volunteer board, McNeal will help set council policies, award project grants to community organizations, and participate in fundraising to help the council meet the growing demand for its programs. Based in Lexington, Kentucky Humanities and its community partners across the...

Wendell Berry, NEH’s Jon Parrish Peede to speak at Kentucky Book Fair at noon on Saturday

Kentucky Humanities is pleased to welcome author Wendell Berry and NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede to the UK Main Stage at the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 17 at 12 noon. The Kentucky Book Fair will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena.   Jon Parrish Peede was appointed Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2017. His previous positions include Publisher of...

Kentucky Book Fair anchors week-long literary festival; more than 180 authors highlight iconic event

Kentucky Humanities will present the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Once held as a two-day event in Frankfort, the Kentucky Book Fair has found a new home in Lexington and expanded to a week-long festival (Nov. 12-17) with literary events for readers of all ages. The Kentucky Book Festival gives readers...

Author Silas House to discuss novel, documentary during Kentucky Book Festival Literacy Lunch

Kentucky Humanities will present the Kentucky Book Festival Literary Luncheon on November 13 at noon at ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington. This year’s event features Kentucky author, playwright, music journalist, columnist, and activist Silas House, whose newest novel, Southernmost, was released in mid-2018 to wide critical acclaim. The afternoon will include readings from Southernmost interspersed...

Ky. Humanities Council’s new statewide literacy project features Pulitzer winner All the King’s Men

Kentucky Humanities’ new project, Kentucky Reads: All the King’s Men, will use Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to guide a statewide conversation on contemporary populism and political discourse, and their relationship to journalism. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as cooperation with valued partners, Kentucky...

Kentucky Humanities going ‘Red’ to celebrate Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Penn Warren’s birthday April 24

Kentucky Humanities will “Paint the Town Red” in Guthrie to honor native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Robert Penn Warren on April 24th at the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum at 11 a.m. Warren, nicknamed “Red,” plays an integral part in a new literacy initiative spearheaded by Kentucky Humanities in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This announcement also...

Presentation from ‘Aunt Jemima’ spurs Fayette teens’ frank discussion about stereotypes

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Poignant questions and visceral remarks from more than a dozen students in the diverse audience confirmed that “Aunt Jemima and the Complexities of Race in Kentucky: A Conversation about Race Relations and Stereotypes” is highly relevant for today’s teenagers. Several students spoke of confusion, hurt feelings, and the need to challenge a variety of biases...

Nicholas Co. Historical Society and Kentucky Humanities bring Smithsonian exhibit to Carlisle

The Nicholas County Historical Society and Kentucky Humanities will explore how sports shape our lives and communities with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams, which opens July 15th. The exhibit will be on display at the Neal Welcome Center, 108 West Main Street, until August 19. Hometown Teams will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 10...

From sports page to front page to legend, Muhammad Ali’s life a transformational saga

By John Edward Faulkner Special to KyForward   In 1897 the then newly published Marquess of Queensberry Rules revised boxing’s code of regulations to bring a sense of sportsmanship, fair play and respectability to the sport. It states, “You must not fight simply to win; no holds barred is not the way; you must win by the rules.” All’s fair in love and war, yet boxing is neither, despite...

Following in footsteps of Ephraim McDowell, Dr. John D. Jackson was pioneer in own right

By Stuart W. Sanders Special to KyForward   Kentucky’s most famous physician, Ephraim McDowell, was a Danville doctor who performed the world’s first successful ovariotomy in 1809. During that operation, McDowell made medical history for removing a 22-pound ovarian tumor from his patient, Jane Todd Crawford. Ultimately hailed as the father of modern surgery and commemorated with statues, monuments,...