“The Promise and Perils of Populism: Global Perspectives” ‒ is a panel discussion at 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the James F. Hardymon Theatre in the UK Davis Marksbury Building. The program title is also the name of the just-released book edited by Carlos de la Torre, UK professor of sociology and director of the UK International Studies Program. Moderated by Emily Beaulieu, UK assistant professor of comparative politics, the panel will include de la Torre, Cas Mudde of the University of Georgia, Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser of Diego Portales University (Chile) and Ron Formisano, the William T. Bryan Professor of American History at the University of Kentucky.
Every spring the Committee on Social Theory offers the team-taught seminar—always with four professors. Previous course themes/names for the seminar have included “Law, Sex, and Family” “Autobiography,” and “Security.” But previous seminars may not have spoken so directly to the professors’ personal backgrounds as “Transnational Lives” does with this team of four.
Assistant Professor of Sociology Shannon Bell described her recent book, Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice, as a project that gives voice to her subjects: women fighting against the environmental effects of coal mining in Appalachia.
In this podcast, we hear from Carrie Oser, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Michele Staton-Tindall, associate professor in the College of Social Work, and Damien Angel, a former student of the College of Social Work, as they talk about their experiences with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. This course, centered around cooperation between “Inside” incarcerated students within the Blackburn Correctional Complex and “Outside” students from the University of Kentucky, explored drug dependency, its relationship with crime, and policy related issues regarding this problem. This course was a first for both Lexington and the University of Kentucky and shaped new perspectives while also establishing a bond between Inside and Outside students. For more information about Inside-Out courses, click here.