By Blair Hoover

(July 6, 2015) — In support of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World Initiative and the 2015 Year of the Middle East campaign, University of Kentucky Education Abroad partnered with the college to sponsor a faculty development seminar in the Middle East focusing on contemporary issues pertinent to the region.

The seminar was developed to provide faculty members with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the issues concerning the region and thus, to better equip them to share their knowledge and experience with their students and subsequent international initiatives, such as developing institutional partnerships and further education abroad programming at UK.

The following faculty members were


By Clark Bellar

(April 8, 2015) — Claudia Roden is said to have revolutionized Western attitudes about Middle Eastern and North African cuisines with "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," published in 1968. Since then, she has written many more internationally acclaimed books on Middle Eastern cooking and the stories behind the global dishes.

Roden will speak at the University of Kentucky at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the William T. Young Library auditorium as part of the College of Arts and Sciences'


By Gail Hairston

(March 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Year of the Middle East has scheduled three events this week. They are:

“The Arab Spring: The Youth Revolts of the Arab World Aren't Over” with Juan Cole

Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m.

UK Athletics Association Auditorium, William T. Young Library

The youth revolts of 2011 and after in the Arab world have permanently changed the face of the region. While most observers have mainly interpreted them through the lens of high politics, this lecture argues that the big story here is the rise of a new generation of young Arabs, the Millennials, who have innovated in grassroots organization (including, but not limited to new ways of using social media for politics). It is too soon to know how the political

Rashid Khalidi

by Gail Hairston

(Oct. 31, 2014) — American efforts to further a "peace process" in the Middle East has instead exacerbated the conflict, according to Rashid Khalidi, the next speaker in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences year-long Passport to the World:Year of the Middle East series. 

Khalidi will also explore how America could contribute to a just resolution of the Palestine issue during his lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Memorial Hall.

Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and chair of the Department of History at Columbia University. He received his bachelor's from Yale University in 1970 and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in 1974, and has taught at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Georgetown University, and at the University of Chicago. He is past president of the

Soldier in Middle East

by Gail Hairston

(Oct. 17, 2014) — An expert in U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East since 1940 will discuss the historical foundations of the current crises in the region at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the UKAA Auditorium of the University of Kentucky's W.T. Young Library. The event, "Messy Little Wars: U.S. Approaches to Iraq Since 1990," is part of the UK College of Arts and Sciences event Year of the Middle East.

As an Ohio State University research scholar, Professor Peter Hahn has been supported by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Truman Library Institute, the John F. Kennedy Library, the Lyndon Johnson Foundation, the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute, the Office of United States Air Force History, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

His most recent

(Sept. 9, 2014) ‒ One of the most respected American scholarly authority on Islam, John L. Esposito, will visit the University of Kentucky Wednesday to discuss “The Future of Islam: Assessing the Elements of Reform, Revival, and Fundamentalism in the Muslim World.” The community is invited to attend his presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Singletary Center Recital Hall.    The event is part of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Passport to the World 2014-15 program Year of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World.   A professor of Islamic Studies and International Affairs at Georgetown University, Esposito will discuss his book on the portrait of Islam today and tomorrow, drawn by a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the

by Gail Hairston

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World program has already whisked students on four virtual globetrotting tours, yearlong explorations into the culture and history of a country or region. For the program’s fifth academic year, the college will delve into the turbulent, headline-grabbing region of the Middle East.

Once again the UK College of Arts and Sciences has chosen a region that impacts all of us. The eyes of the world have focused on the area for months, years. And yet, for many Americans, the Middle East is still mysterious and threatening, a culture and people churning with unfamiliar beliefs, traditions, expectations and dreams.

Like past programs about


By Robin Roenker

Carmen Martínez Novo can point to a specific event in her childhood that inspired her future work as an anthropologist: as a young child in Madrid, Spain, she witnessed deep-seeded unease and cultural prejudice among her otherwise socially progressive, Left-leaning neighbors when a gypsy family moved in.

That disconnect between intellectual progressiveness and blatant intolerance intrigued Martinez Novo, placing her on a path of study that has informed her entire career.

“That incident made me become very interested in questions of discrimination, cultural difference, and tolerance,” said Martínez Novo, who joined UK’s faculty in September as a new Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the


by Kami Rice
Photos by Mark Cornelison

  Mary Alice Scott started studying anthropology as part of her undergrad work toward a degree in gender and women’s studies. It wasn’t until later, during a conversation with one her father’s colleagues that she realized studying anthropology in graduate school could be the best path to the work she really wanted to do.    When Scott described her interests in women’s health, in doing further work in Mexico, in working in the academy and in having an impact on policy, her father’s friend, a medical anthropologist, recommended that she consider graduate programs in applied medical anthropology.   “To be honest, I really didn’t know that there was a medical anthropology concentration,” Scott explained. Now as she finishes up her dissertation, on track to be completed in March 2010, Scott’s research on the effects of transnational
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