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Global/Local Food

In Alerts on February 19, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

This just in from University Press of Kentucky –

Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods, revised edition
by Aimee Zaring

Publication Date: February 24, 2017      $19.95 paper, ISBN: 978-0-8131-6959-0      ebooks available

Stories over shared food is a great way for teachers to embrace inclusion in their curriculum.

Lexington, KY—From Hungary and Iran, Cuba and Pakistan, Burma and Vietnam, refugees from all around the world now reside in Kentucky. The 15.4 million refugees currently living in the United States have, at one point in their lives, faced war, poverty, or hunger. They have feared for their lives in their own country, and they have borne witness to unspeakable events—slaughter, imprisonment, and torture. Unlike immigrants seeking economic opportunity, refugees have come to America to escape persecution. For those who ended up in the Commonwealth, Kentucky provides them with the peace and security that they need, but it is not home. Home is no longer a viable option for them.

For refugees isolated from their homeland, cooking and eating their native dishes are among the most concrete ways they can maintain their identity. In Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods, now available in paperback, author Aimee Zaring uses her many years of expertise working with refugees to explore their everyday life, the situations that brought them here, and the food that connects them to home. Zaring shares their personal and dramatic accounts of their survival, as well as heartwarming and fascinating stories of their transition to living in America. Zaring also illustrates the importance of understanding the persecution and struggle that these refugees have gone through and the ability of food to provide a sense of familiarity for them when home is lost.

After more than two years of traveling the Commonwealth collecting recipes, uncovering stories, and cooking a diverse mix of cuisines from throughout the world, Zaring has crafted a book that highlights the lives that the resettled refugees have been able to create for themselves in Kentucky. Just as the refugees have brought the food and culture of their home countries to Kentucky’s doorstep, Flavors from Home allows readers to experience a taste of someone else’s home without having to travel to do so. It brings together the dishes of the refugees and the hospitality of their kitchens in a way that makes the unfamiliar feel comfortable. This book speaks a language that all who read it will understand and appreciate: the universal language of food.

Aimee Zaring lives in Louisville, Kentucky where, for more than five years, she has taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Catholic Charities, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Global LT, and Jefferson County Public Schools.

For more information, contact: Mack McCormick, Publicity Manager, 859/257-5200,



KHS job opening

In Alerts on February 1, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

This news just in from Mandy Higgins on Twitter: “The is hiring an Oral History Administrator.”

Here’s more from the KHS website:

“The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) seeks an oral history administrator. The oral history administrator implements the strategic direction of the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC), the only commission of its kind in the United States dedicated to providing financial and technical assistance to oral history repositories, oral historians and community scholars. Since 1976, KOHC has awarded more than $1 million to more than 600 grantees throughout the Commonwealth…. The administrator will oversee the KOHC grant program and serve as a technical resource for individuals and organizations across the state. The position will provide technical advice and training on developing an oral history project, conducting oral history interviews, using digital recording equipment, digitizing oral history collections, oral history collections assessment and digital preservation of oral history collections. … Application deadline is Feb. 28, 2017.”

See more details about this job opportunity at KHS here.


Humanities Advocacy Day

In Alerts on January 24, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Save the date: the National Humanties Alliance is holding their Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day on March 13th and 14th. Their goal in that time period is for everyone “to visit Members of Congress from all 50 states to ensure that Congress serves as a stopgap to any efforts to defund the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Check out their video of testimonials about the 2016 Humanities Advocacy Day:

Let’s get behind our Kentucky Humanities Council who brings in a big chunk of NEH funding for distribution around our state – including support for our KATH annual meetings! We want also to show support for our state’s educational institutions and local organizations who reach out to get grants from NEH for wonderful programming support.Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.


Live Blog for Election

KATH 2016 Roundtable pic from Facebook Event Page

KATH 2016 Roundtable (l-r) Brent Taylor, Jim Klotter, Jarrett Nantz, Howard Muncy, Josh Douglas (see more on Facebook Event page by clicking on the photo)

We had a great discussion at the KATH Conference last weekend about presidential elections and teaching. And a recent announcment came out that might be useful for you – KATH 2016 keynoter Professor Josh Douglas will be supervising members of the Election Law Society at the University of Kentucky College of Law as they provide live analyses regarding significant election law issues in Kentucky and across the nation through their blog at

The Election Analysis Blog, launched in October 2014, is staffed by a dozen Election Law Society members who are dedicated to exploring the role of law in politics. The blog will go live Tuesday, November 8th.

To submit a question on election night, visit the blog at, call the hotline at 859-257-4935, or email

Posted November 3, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Call for New Board Members

In Alerts on October 13, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH) is seeking members for the 2016-2017 board.

KATH offers a common forum and source of information for all teachers of history in the Commonwealth and provides an avenue for members to share news about research and publications, educational activities, or concerns and problems relating to Kentucky’s history community. KATH is a service organization for those concerned about improving the quality of history education in Kentucky and offers opportunities to network and to attend professional development events, such as our annual conference. In this way we hope to improve the scope and quality of history education throughout Kentucky.

The following Board spots are currently open for 2016-17 (see current Board members here):

  • President-elect
  • Private/Independent Colleges and Universities Representative
  • Public Comprehensive Universities Representative
  • Public Historian
  • Librarian/Archivist

Volunteering their time and connections with international, regional or local experts, the KATH board primarily meets to organize the annual meeting. They distribute useful information for history educators (using for example, the H-Kentucky network), and organize task groups to recognize scholarly achievement through a history writing award program: the Anita Sanford Tolson Award for high school students; the Thomas D. Clark Award for undergraduates in American history; the Ray Betts Award for undergraduates in non-U. S. history; and the George Herring Award for graduate level papers.

The KATH board consists of a dedicated group of people working to bring the history community closer together. Encourage your colleagues in the History profession to consider becoming a KATH board member.

Please contact Megan Mummey,, for questions or nominations.


Flyer for KATH meeting

Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.Here’s a flyer about this fall’s Annual Meeting for you to download and share. It gives a quick overview of the October meeting and includes our thanks to the Kentucky Humanities Council for supporting the student awards and honoraria for our two plenary session speakers.

Please share the file widely – also, it would be greatly appreciated if you would print it out and post it where educators, researchers, librarians and archivists, and students will see it. Thank you!

Click here to download the KATH flyer 2016 (.pdf).

Posted August 11, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth


Digital Primary Sources

Seth Denbo, in a recent blog post ( for the American Historical Association (AHA), is asking for scholarly discussions around the impact of digitization of primary sources on the work of historians and history educators. The AHA has opened free access to an article in the April issue of the American Historical Review (AHR) to allow for more perspectives. Join in the conversation!

First, read Lara Putnam’s article in the AHR: “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast.” She raises important points about how digital search engines and access to digitized content have transformed history research strategies and publications.

Then check out the AHA’s resources page for those interested in digital history: You can see some examples of digital history projects submitted by AHA members from 2015 and 2016 here.

You can participate also by submitting your favorite primary source archival collection in the AHA’s online webform:

Posted May 19, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth

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