Mission: Humanities Press Release

CHSS Announces Mission: Humanities Event 

CHSS Partners with Kentucky Humanities For Their 50th Anniversary 

LEXINGTON, Ky (March 26th, 2022) - On October 13th, 2022, Kentucky Humanities will be closing its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with the Mission: Humanities event co sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences  (CHSS) and Space Tango. The event features former astronaut, Dr. Story Musgrave, and co founder and chairman of Space Tango, Kris Kimel, in a conversation discussing Dr. Musgrave’s  career and life experiences as well as the trajectory of the space program across the years, where  it is now, and where it is heading. CHSS and Kentucky Humanities have partnered together previously in KY Humanities’ Kentucky Reads program in 2021. Karen Petrone, the director of the College of Arts and  Sciences CHSS initiative, states that Kentucky Humanities “engages with people across the state  in demonstrating the usefulness of the humanities… CHSS also firmly believes that there ought  to be a humanities ‘hub’, and Kentucky Humanities and CHSS can work together in getting the  word out about the value of humanities.” 

According to Dr. Petrone, the Kentucky Humanities invited CHSS to partner with them for the Mission: Humanities event this upcoming October to impact the community through this “humanities hub”. Petrone states that “this event is particularly exciting because it connects the sciences and humanities and highlights the humanities' contribution to space exploration and the  future of space travel and entrepreneurship. This event serves as a reminder that the humanities  are everywhere, and can be extended from what we do at CHSS to the sciences. This event  highlights the importance of interdisciplinarity… if you attack a problem from a number of  directions from different disciplines with different ideas, you can effect important results.” 

The event will be held at the Gatton Student Center at the University of Kentucky in the Worsham Theatre at 160 Avenue of Champions, Lexington, KY 40506 at 7:00 pm, and tickets for  the event will be available for reservation at no cost on September 1st, 2022. 

The Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) fosters interdisciplinary scholarly connections among faculty and graduate students at UK, bringing scholars together across departments, disciplines, and centers. It facilitates faculty and graduate student engagement with local, state, national, and international communities outside of UK and demonstrate the value and the contributions of the Humanities and Social Sciences in sustaining our communities and solving critical social problems. CHSS looks forward to many future  collaborations with Kentucky Humanities including participating in the 2022 Kentucky Reads  Program. 

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For more information on this topic, please contact Karen Petrone at petrone@uky.edu.