hispanic studies

Chellgren Center Honors 43 New Fellows

Old School Skills: Erica Mattingly

When University of Kentucky student Erica Mattingly enrolled in one of Andrew M. Byrd’s linguistics courses, she had no idea she would be rewriting history — or at least re-speaking it.

Carmen Martinez Novo Elected to LASA Executive Council

UK Anthropology Professor Carmen Martinez Novo was elected to the executive council of Latin American Studies Association.

UK Education Abroad Expands Opportunities in Mexico

With offerings from anthropology to WRD, UK Education Abroad is working to help more students study in Mexico.

A Trek Through the Italian Renaissance: Bailey Ubellacker

Studying abroad is considered an unforgettable experience for many of the University of Kentucky’s students. A typical study abroad program transports a group of students to a foreign country. These opportunities offer new perspectives, connections, and fond memories. The Zolondek Scholarship sets itself apart by offering students the opportunity to travel abroad on their own. 

During the summer of 2013, Bailey Ubellacker, a double major of Spanish and Elementary Education, spent three weeks abroad studying and experiencing the Italian Renaissance. Bailey Ubellacker was the recipient of the Zolondek Scholarship, which allowed her to challenge herself as she traveled alone and shaped her own study abroad experience. In this podcast, Bailey Ubellacker discusses her time in Italy and what she has brought back with her. 

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

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A guide to Día de los muertos celebrations in Lexington

It’s a good weekend to be a hispanista in Lexington. Granted we’ve had a great fall; from the Lexington Latino Festival to the many activities surrounding the Arts and Sciences Passport ¡Viva México! program, those of us who love the Spanish language and Hispanic culture have been busy. Still, this Friday and Saturday are special. 

This weekend we celebrate Día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, a well-known holiday that has become increasingly popular in the US. On November 1st and 2nd, families throughout Latin America (but especially in Mexico) build altars and visit cemeteries to remember loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is joyous, despite the macabre theme. Día de los muertos is a time to laugh with death, to accept the fact that we’re all headed that way eventually, and to give those we have lost a place at our table for the night. Here are some suggestions for how you can celebrate this weekend, just follow the hyperlinks to more information about and directions to the events. ¡Qué vivan los muertos!

Preparations

Shoulder to Shoulder Sends Health Brigade to Ecuador

Shoulder to Shoulder Global is a UK-based organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of impoverished communities.

Break dancing with the dead: Popular music and the role of ancestors in Maya language revitalization

Dr. Barrett will talk about Maya understandings of the dead, funerary practices, and ways of communicating with the ancestors, and then discuss the emergence of rock and hip hop music performed in Mayan languages and the ways they emphasize the ancestors in their music. 

El Dr. Barrett explicará como los Mayas se comunican con sus ancestros, las prácticas funerarias que los mayas tienen y sus pensamientos en cuando a los muertos. También hablará sobre como los ancestros tienen un rol en la inspiración de la música Maya y como el rock y hip hop ha influenciado a esta cultura.

Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery
Type of Event (for grouping events):

The Politics of Latin American Migration

Professor David Cook-Martin from Grinnell College and Professor Christian Zlolniski from University of Texas will be discussing immigration in politics and beyond.

Contact Carmen Martinez Novo, Director of Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program: carmen.martinez@uky.edu.

Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
231 Student Center
Type of Event (for grouping events):

Jarrod Brown and Iván Sánchez-Medina

Hispanic Studies Ph.D. Students

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