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To China and Back: Rita Basuray, Julia Johnson, and Ernest Yanarella

During the summer of 2013, a delegation of University of Kentucky faculty had the opportunity to travel and teach abroad in China. Organized by the Confucius Institute, the trip placed 29 faculty members at the bustling Shanghai University. There, each professor was placed with a host department within the university.
 
Among those who made their way east were College of Arts and Sciences members Ernest Yanarella, chair of the Department of Political Science; visiting lecturer Dr. Rita Basuray; and Associate Professor Julia Johnson of the English department.
 
Like everyone who went on the trip, these three were presented with experiences both unique and profound that will certainly impact their teaching back home at UK.
 
In this podcast, we explore the trip through their eyes and talk about some of the moments that made the trip something they will never forget. 
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Law's Not-So-Dirty Little Secret — A Liberal Arts Education: Don Puckett & Paul Skiermont

University of Kentucky alumni Don Puckett and Paul Skiermont are not engineers and don't have science backgrounds (unless their Political Science degrees count). That, however, has not stopped them from joining together as lawyers specializing in highly technical patent litigation. 
 
According to Puckett and Skiermont, the secret to their success was a liberal arts education from UK's College of Arts & Sciences.
 
In this podcast, Puckett and Skiermont discuss their time at UK, their work together as lawyers, and how their time on the competitive debate team prepared them for future fights. 
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Showcasing Kentucky's Political Science Research

 

By Kendra Sanders

The University of Kentucky hosted the fifty-second annual meeting for the Kentucky Political Science Association this year. The conference showcases professional, graduate, and undergraduate research from the many universities within Kentucky. KPSA President, Stephen Voss, says this event was a great opportunity for UK to increase “involvement with the broader network of political scientists” in the state.

The Foundations of Peace: Clayton Thyne

This fall, Political Science Professor Clayton Thyne will be teaching A&S 100: Introduction to Peace Studies. The class will serve as a portal into the wide range of theories exploring the nature and causes of conflict, the possibilities for conflict resolution, and the foundations of peace.

Paired with this course is a new interdisciplinary certificate in Peace Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. As a part of the new certificate, students interested in expanding their understanding of issues of peace and justice at both local and global levels will be able to take a series of courses specific to the certificate as well as courses in their own fields of study that intersect with discussions of peace.
 
In this podcast, Professor Thyne discusses his class, the field of Peace Studies itself, and the advantages that the new certificate program affords University of Kentucky students. 
 

This podcast was produced by Patrick O'Dowd.

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Following His Heart and Conscience: Stephen Bright

The fight for human rights isn't over - and one A&S alum is at the forefront of advocacy for individuals in the criminal justice system. Stephen Bright graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in law and political science, and is the President and Senior Counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights. The SCHR provides legal representation for people facing the death penalty, challenge human rights violations in prisons, and advocate for reforms in the criminal justice system, among other work. In this podcast, Bright discusses his academic and personal ties to his life’s work, and gives some advice for current students.

This podcast was produced by Cheyenne Hohman.

 

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