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President Eli Capilouto orders immediate removal of mural from UK’s Memorial Hall

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto ordered the immediate removal of a mural in Memorial Hall on Friday afternoon. He sent the following message to all students, faculty and staff: I have not been able to get the images out of my mind. And the images should be — and will be forever — in my mind. For eight minutes and 46 seconds, on a street in an American city in 2020, George Floyd...

Eli Capilouto: Memorial Hall art, ‘Witness,’ is a powerful context for more dialogue and conversation

The work of art that now frames the vestibule of Memorial Hall is appropriately titled Witness. The word witness, I have been reminded recently, is both a noun and a verb. It speaks to the intentional act – the strong declaration – of telling a story. And it stands as a testament to the idea, deeply embedded in who we are as a university, to the responsibility we each share to both observe and...

Eli Capilouto: Creating a real ‘sense of place’ means listening, re-thinking, to embrace all our students

As thousands of new students and families visit campus for “see blue. U,” we are reminded of the important sense of place that a college or university must be for those who learn, discover, work, and heal on its campus. That sense of place — of belonging — is fundamental to the success of UK and to each individual who steps foot on our campus.  The importance of place was evident last week...

Two nationally recognized artists to visit UK this month to present art concepts for Memorial Hall

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward Two nationally recognized artists, Karyn Olivier and Bethany Collins, will travel to the University of Kentucky this month to present concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in the vestibule of Memorial Hall. As part of their visits, Olivier and Collins will give a talk on their proposals 3 p.m., March 20 and 29, at Memoria Hall. Both presentations...

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to visit UK College of Law Feb. 6 as part of Ray Lecture Series

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the University of Kentucky College of Law will host Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd attorney general of the United States and partner at Covington & Burling LLP, as part of the Roy R. and Virginia F. Ray Lecture Series. Eric Holder The event will take place at 5 p.m., at UK’s Memorial Hall. There is no fee to attend the event, but registration is required. Melynda J. Price, William...

Calling All Artists: UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee looking for Kentuckians to paint murals

Through Sept. 1, 2017, the Memorial Hall Art Committee and the UK Office of the President will solicit submissions to create artworks to be installed in the vestibule of Memorial Hall (Photo from UK Now) By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward In recent years, University of Kentucky has been the site of several important discussions on inclusion of all members of campus and what makes it a more welcoming...

Commentary: Every picture tells a story … and must necessarily raise questions occasionally as well

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward It is a truism that every picture tells a story. Perhaps, it is true as well that every picture must necessarily raise questions: What was the intent of the artist? What is the interplay between intent and the perceptions of divergent and diverse audiences over time and across chasms of race, identity, gender and ideology? Can a static image — frozen in time...

Commentary: Time to tell a more complete story regarding Memorial Hall mural

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau Thoreau’s lesson to us is about perspective. In a sense, too, it is about empathy — the ability and the desire to walk a mile in another’s shoes, to see through someone else’s eyes, to experience what they experience. Over the last several months, members...