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UK Patterson School Revives Podcast Series, Interviews Alumni Managing Pandemic

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 13, 2020)  Wondering what some University of Kentucky alumni are doing to respond to and manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective industries?

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at UK has revived its podcast series, “Patterson Perspectives,” to speak with alumni responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their professional roles.

"The podcast helps knit together our alums, letting them know what their comrades are up to, while also serving as a beacon to the community for what the program can provide,” shared Robert Farley, host and faculty member. “Finally, it acts as an oral history of how Pattersonites managed this extremely difficult period in our history."  

There are five episodes in the series, with one episode being released a week. Farley hopes to continue to record interviews over Zoom and release future installments bi-weekly. 

The idea for the podcast came about when several faculty members traded stories about what many alums were doing in response to the pandemic. They gathered alums willing to speak about their crisis responses by posting in the Patterson Alumni Facebook group. 

To learn about what Patterson School alumni are doing in response to COVID-19, find "Patterson Perspectives" online here.

For 60 years, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce has provided an exceptional master's degree program that prepares future leaders for rewarding careers in international affairs. The Patterson School's hallmarks have been its deliberate, intimate size, its selectivity, and our focus on both diplomacy and international commerce. Patterson graduates pursue exciting careers with governments, international organizations, NGOs, think tanks and in the private sector. 

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