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CPE leader Aaron Thompson named to State Higher Education Executive Officers executive committee

Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. The executive committee is responsible for shaping SHEEO’s federal priorities and strategies and leading its communications with Congress, the U.S. Department...

University of Kentucky Art Museum’s ‘This is America*’ exhibit hold mirror up to society today

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky From a celebrated portrait of the nation’s first president George Washington to a drawing of George Floyd, University of Kentucky Art Museum’s “This is America*” examines the nation’s story — the good, the bad and the ugly — as we approach the most divisive presidential election in recent history. “Originally planned to coincide with...

Col Owens: Of course we can — we must search our souls if we really mean to find the end to racism

Distinguishing between races began in America in 1619, with the importation of Africans as slaves. The American economy was built on that system and it survived for 250 years. While slavery was dominant in the South, all of America benefited from it, with the interdependency of the economy. The Civil War and amendments to the Constitution freed the slaves. And under Lincoln, Reconstruction promised...

Dick Gabriel: Let me interrupt your misperceptions about Adolph Rupp with some facts on the race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and its namesake. To many, the thought of Adolph Rupp still kindles the notion not of basketball, but of racism and segregation.
 It did in me, starting in the mid-‘60s when I began following college basketball. I couldn’t stand the notion of the guy coaching a team...

Constance Alexander: What we are actually talking about when we talk about race

The other night, the City Council of Murray unanimously passed a resolution recommending to the Calloway County judge-executive that the statue of a Confederate soldier – in the likeness of General Robert E. Lee – be removed from the courthouse property and relocated to an appropriate venue. In the discussion leading up to the vote, council member Alice Rouse emphasized the difference between removing...

Constance Alexander: As social distancing drags on, book club thrives in the company of busy women

Sex, religion, race, money, men, marriage, kids, murder, politics, abuse, abandonment, addiction, romance, and real-life are just some of the topics my book group tackles each month. If the reading selection does not address those issues, no problem. Fueled by words, wine, an array of sweet snacks and some chocolate, we manage to discuss the book at hand, while also touching on current events at home,...

KET to air NKU student-narrated documentary on racial category creation, based on Ferrante’s work

By Vicki Prichard KyForward reporter Kentucky Educational Television (KET) will air an original documentary created by a Northern Kentucky professor and her students. Joan Ferrante Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories is a student-narrated documentary that brings attention to the laws and financial incentives enacted in 17th century Virginia that sowed the seeds of racial categorization, allowing...

Kentucky Foundation for Women announces one-time grants for individual artists and organizations

In an effort to explore essential questions about our democracy, the Kentucky Foundation for Women announces one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 for individual artists and organizations in Kentucky who are creating art that inspires action towards building power for women and girls, sharing power among and within your communities and wielding power towards fulfilling the promise of an...

Islamic Relief USA’s Day of Dignity campaign to take place in Lexington on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington with partner SHARE Kentucky Lexington. The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the nation to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, winter coats, hygiene kits,...

In-person registration for A Midsummer Night’s Run starts July 24, open until race day

  In-person registration for the 2014 A Midsummer Night’s Run scheduled Saturday, Aug. 9, in downtown Lexington will begin July 24, during regular business hours at John’s Run/Walk Shop, 317 S. Ashland Avenue.   Registration at John’s will extend daily through the end of business on August 8. Participants can save money by registering online or in person before race day. In-person...

TOBA to hold two educational clinics and its members meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is holding two educational events, as well as its annual Members Meeting, in Saratoga Springs, New York the first week of August.   Monday, August 4: Pedigree and Conformation Clinic at Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion   Pedigree discussions include general theory, such as in-breeding, out-crossing and nicking as well as overall conformational...

Robert Treadway: Paula Deen, the Supreme Court and race – Happy Fourth of July!

As we celebrate our long Fourth of July weekend, we are presented with the strange spectacle of Paula Deen having been pilloried for making racially insensitive remarks, some decades ago, while the U.S. Supreme Court removed some of the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the great victories of the Civil Rights Movement, on the grounds that the Deep South is no longer sufficiently...