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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,...