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'UK at the Half': Anastasia Curwood on the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2021) — “We cannot understand where humanity has been and where we are going without Black Studies.”

This is the mantra of the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies (CIBS) — a multidisciplinary research institute based in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of African American and Africana Studies.  

The institute hosts more than 50 nationally and internationally recognized researchers with expertise in fields such as Black futures and 21st century race in digital cultures; slavery and inequality in Central Kentucky; race and sport; global Blackness (from Appalachia to Zimbabwe); and gender and sexuality in Black lives. These affiliated faculty represent 11 colleges across UK, and they are developing initiatives that look at intersections of Black studies within their colleges’ subject fields. These efforts help to diversify curriculums not only in the College of Arts and Sciences, but across campus.

In this “UK at the Half,” CIBS Director Anastasia Curwood discusses how the institute is serving not only the university, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

Learn more about how you can get involved and support CIBS at To hear more from Curwood, check out this week’s “Behind the Blue” podcast.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above.