By Kody Kiser

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 10, 2020) — The discussions over removal of Confederate memorials in the United States have been some of the more prominent ones in our current cultural landscape. Gaining momentum from other recent social movements that are happening concurrently, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo and beyond, the focus of these discussions now seems to have widened to include memorials and statues that go well further back than the American Civil War, and beyond the borders of this...

Published August 10, 2020

By Jay Blanton and Kody Kiser 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 22, 2020) — Tracy Campbell is the E. Vernon Smith and Eloise C. Smith Professor of American History at the University of Kentucky. He has written well-received accounts of voter fraud in the country, a biography of the Gateway Arch and a compelling biography of Ed Prichard, a legendary name in Kentucky politics whose life was a story of tragedy and redemption.

Recently, Campbell’s latest book was published...

Published June 22, 2020

Stacie and Michael interview Pharmacist, assistant professor, musician, and all-around talented Appalachian Woman Kris Preston on her journey as a bluegrass musician and how she incorporates her talents into teaching. Kris also talks about the culture of the local music scene in Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia and how it has evolved throughout time.

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie interview Mr. Shane Barton, the Downtown Revitalization Coordinator for the Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, and the wonderful work he is doing in and around Appalachia. Living in Berea, Shane talks with us about some of his past projects/presentations and gives tips for anyone aspiring to be a downtown coordinator!

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie interview Montgomery County High School senior Larah Helayne. They talk to her about her upcoming music projects, but most importantly her activism for LGBTQ Youth as well as Appalachia in general.

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie discuss with Luke and Stephanie about their thoughts on education in Appalachia both before arriving in the mountains vs after. Stephanie is the Executive Director of Teach for America in the Appalachian Region and Luke is a TFA Alum who has stayed in his original placement area for 7 years.

Published May 20, 2020
In episode 3, we interview the Journal of Appalachian Health Editor-in-Chief Dr. Douglas Scutchfield about Appalachian Health and Wellness. We cover topics ranging from how the COVID-19 Pandemic will affect rural communities and their economies to general health and wellness in Appalachia.
Published April 15, 2020

By Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis

When you look back at a 45-year career, there are a multitude of moments that stand out. For Allan Butterfield, Professor of Biological Chemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences, his signature discovery grew from just such a Eureka moment on the sidewalk on campus. 

“I was walking back from Sanders-Brown Center on Aging to the Chemistry Building — two or three blocks — I kept asking myself, why are there so many proteins that...

Published April 2, 2020

In Episode 2 of Holler Back, Michael and Stacie introduced their guest host, Madison Mooney, and discussed in depth Madison’s journey to UK as well as her work both on and off campus. The specific focus of this episode is the Martin County water crisis and how water issues span all across Eastern Kentucky due to many things including faulty infrastructure, the coal industry, etc.

Published March 31, 2020


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