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University of Kentucky researchers invite equestrians to participate in online ‘Portrait of a Rider’ survey

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher Karin Pekarchik and College of Public Health researcher Kimberly Tumlin are seeking participation for an online survey to better understand who participates in horse activities and sports. (KyForward File Photo from CP National Horse Show) “Portrait of a Rider: Characterizing Active Participants in Horse Activities and...

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...

Lyn Hacker: At first her tattoos were a curiosity that got our attention, then she was Tatts, and one of us

I never will forget the first time I met her. A friend of my cousin (the other cousins and I would discuss their relationship in detail later on), when I first laid eyes on her, she looked like a bit of a somewhat still sexy Goth throwback, with her straight, jet black hair hanging in her face, a boy’s tank top, tight jeans, bare feet and what we could see of her body covered in tattoos. The tattoos...

The end of an era? Grayson board no longer all-female as first male since 2006 joins

By Jennifer Wohlleb Special to KyForward     You might call it an end of an era. When Brett Abney is sworn in as a board member for Grayson County Schools this month, he will break the gender barrier. Since 2006, the school board has been exclusively female, but that ended when one board member decided not to run for another term.   “It is kind of unusual, especially in a county such...

Rural Blog: Are ‘hillbilly’ and ‘redneck’ our country’s last acceptable stereotypes?

Special to KyForward   An online discussion among Appalachian academics sparked a debate about “whether bias in academe (and society) is too accepted when it is about the people of the region they study,” Scott Jaschik writes for Inside Higher Ed.   The discussion began with a report that a student had been walking around barefoot and a faculty member had called him a hillbilly....