Humanities Council receives grant to bring ‘Democracy and the Informed Citizen’ to the Commonwealth

Events include ‘Civic Duty and the News Media,’ ‘Democracy and the Informed Citizen,’ and ‘Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World’ at Western, UK, Murray and Transylvania

From Kentucky Humanities

Kentucky Humanities has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring Democracy & the Informed Citizen to the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Humanities has partnered with six Kentucky universities — the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Murray State University, the University of Pikeville, Transylvania University and Western Kentucky University — to bring a variety of Democracy & the Informed Citizen presentations and panel discussions to communities throughout the state.

Events scheduled to take place include:

• March 25 — “Civic Duty & the News Media” presented by the WKU Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Jody Richards Hall Auditorium, Bowling Green, 6:30 p.m. CST

• April 6 — “Democracy & the Informed Citizen” presented by the UK Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues, UK Gatton Student Center Ballroom, Lexington, 6:30 p.m. EST

• April 13 — “Democracy & the Informed Citizen” presented by the MSU College of Humanities & Fine Arts, University Libraries, Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium, Murray, 7 p.m. CST

• Sept. 23 — “Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” presented by Transylvania University, Carrick Theater, Lexington, 7 p.m.

Additional events slated for fall 2020 include Owensboro and the University of Louisville. Hazard and the University of Pikeville will host events in spring 2021.

“The Federation of State Humanities Council and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have once again provided us with the opportunity to bring these important discussions to the people of Kentucky,” said Bill Goodman, Kentucky Humanities Executive Director. “Kentucky Humanities is delighted for this incredible opportunity to partner with six Kentucky universities to bring these programs to communities and college campuses throughout the state.”

The Democracy & the Informed Citizen Initiative is administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The Initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism and an informed citizenry.

Kentucky Humanities is a nonprofit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, and more details about the Democracy & the Informed Citizen programs taking place, visit

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