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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.

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Spotlight on Robin West

In Spotlight on March 7, 2016 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , ,

Robin West 2016

Robin West, Ph.D.

Dr. Robin West, Assistant Professor of History at Madisonville Community College, was elected last fall as KATH’s new representative for Kentucky community and technical colleges. We asked him to tell us more about himself and let the KATH membership know more about him.


What is your current school and alma mater/s: Faculty member at Madisonville Community College since 2011; PhD, Indiana State University; BA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

What are your fields of interest: The American Revolutionary Era and Constitutional history; African-American History; 19th Century European “Isms” and their relationship to WWI & WWII.

When did you first develop an interest in history? While I have had some amazing history teachers in my life, I attribute my interest in history to my Mom. As a young boy growing up in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Mom often took me to the home of Henry S. Lane and the Lew Wallace study. I remember the sense of awe I felt walking through these places as I gazed in wonderment upon all the things that seemed so old. These were my first experiences with things historical and seeing them stimulated a fascination and love for history that continues to inspire the same sense of wonderment that I felt as a young child.

How have your interests changed since graduate school? This is a hard question given that I never really focused on any one topic or issue to begin with. That said, I think there are two areas that I have given more attention to in my reading and teaching in more recent years. Prior to coming to MCC, I had the opportunity to teach a humanities course, The Humanities in the Western Tradition. This is when I fell in love with the humanities and first began to see the connection between the events of history and the products of history. It was fascinating to see how philosophy, literature, religion, art, architecture, music, history and language represented a cultural expression of the experiences of different civilizations. The humanities, if you will, allowed me (and my students) to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us and, our contemporaries as well. Over the past several years I have also become very interested in the relationship between ideas and the events of history. In particular, the isms of the 19th century and the coming of the World Wars is an area of focus. I like to tell my students, that “ideas and theories become experiments when removed from the written page and are implemented in the real world of human events;” and sometimes, as WWI and WWII demonstrated, experiments can have tragic consequences. As a teacher of history, I think it absolutely critical that my students see and understand the connection between the abstract world of ideas and theories to the concrete events of history.

What projects are you working on currently? Because my primary focus is teaching, most projects that I am working on involve implementing innovative teaching methodologies into the classroom. Right now I am on the first go round of implementing the “flipped classroom” approach in my History of Europe: Mid-17th Century to the Present. It is a work in progress.

Is there an article, book, movie, blog, etc., that you could recommend to fellow KATH members? I guess I could have included this in the changing interests section, but I didn’t. In times past, I have never been overly interested in the American Civil War; during the past two years that has changed. I would like to recommend three books to my fellow historians: Freedom’s Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War by Guy Gugliotta; Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year by David Von Drehle; and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. You will find all three of these books hard to put down; they provide three outstanding examples of the way history should be written.

Any final thoughts?

“How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!” Thomas Jefferson

“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” Daniel Webster

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June 18 site visit

In Business Meeting,KATH Conference on June 3, 2012 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , ,

The KATH Summit participants (and whoever else is interested) are invited to a site visit in Louisville on Monday June 18th. Allison Martin Hunt (http://allisonhunt.wikispaces.com) is the advisor for the duPont Manual High School History Club – and they have generously offered to serve as the site host for the KATH Conference 2012.

We invite you to visit the site and continue in the discussions about the upcoming meeting set for Saturday, September 15, 2012.

Other items of interest:
A group of scholars successfully completed and submitted on June 1st a Kentucky Humanities Council minigrant on behalf of KATH.  We want to thank personally:

* Alana Cain Scott (KATH Treasurer and project bookkeeper)
* Melissa McEuen, Transylvania U (project humanities advisor)
* Randolph Hollingsworth, University of KY (project director)
* Allison Martin Hunt, duPont Manual High School (conference co-sponsor)
* Chris Taylor, EKU (conference co-sponsor)
* Kris DuRocher  (conference co-sponsor), Morehead
* Karen Petrone, UK  (conference co-sponsor)
* George Herring, UK (keynoter for Sept 15th)
* John Bowes, EKU (workshop facilitator)
* Louise T. Jones, KHS (workshop facilitator)
* Alicestyne Turley, UL (workshop facilitator)

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