The Final Word presents Beth E. Barnes


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28 2009) – Have you ever wanted to know what your professor is really like outside of the classroom? UK's Student Activities Board (SAB) is proud to once again present their lecture series, The Final Word, beginning with a lecture from Beth E. Barnes, director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.

The Final Word is a lecture series hosted by SAB that always draws a large crowd. Professors are given the opportunity to discuss any topic they wish. Past topics have included anarchy, the history of bourbon in Kentucky and social media in today’s communication age. For the last three years, “The Final Word” has been stirring up controversial issues, entertaining students and providing information that you may not typically find in a classroom. The unique opportunity for students to interact with professors across the university is what makes The Final Word such a popular SAB series.

“This is a great way for students to learn outside of the classroom and connect with a professor about a topic that may not normally be discussed in class. It allows students to see their instructors in a different light and also gives them the opportunity to reconnect with an instructor they may have had for a class in the past,” said Katy Hall, director of SAB's pop culture committee, the group that plans The Final Word series each semester.   

The first Final Word lecture of this semester will feature Barnes, who will be discussing the need to travel in her lecture, “There’s Such a Lot of World to See: Why you really need to get on a plane.” Barnes will present an excellent case for why everyone should get away from where they live and see a different part of the world. She will provide information on how students can pair their education and traveling experiences and share her own stories as well.

Barnes’ presentation is the first “Final Word” lecture of the semester and will be followed by others in this series. Admission is free and this will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium on UK's campus.

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