Hilary J. Boone Center

The Hilary J. Boone Center

The Hilary J. Boone Center, at the University of Kentucky, is located close to the all the Institute's primary venues, including the Jacobs Science BuildingWoodland Glen I and Haggin Hall, making it an ideal location to go grab a drink with friends.

Hours of Operation 

 In fair weather, lunch is served Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2pm, at the outdoor grill (Vegan and Gluten-Free options are available). See the menu here.

The Boone Center will be open July 3rd. This is important, as it's the only place on campus that will be open that day.

The Boone Center is open additional hours for special events, please check the public lectures page for more details...


The Boone Center is the only place on campus where alcohol can be bought and consumed. A cash bar will provided at all Institute post-lecture parties, so if you wish to drink, make sure to bring your wallet. 

Institute Happy Hours

The Institute has scheduled "Happy Hours" to promote fellowship and discussion amongst attendees with similar interests. These events will take place in the beautiful Boone Center library, where you can get a meal for just $6! What a deal! The Scheduled Happy Hours are:

Mondays - Weekly Merging of Syntaxes and Syntacticians, Phonetics/Phonology Happy Hour, Historical Sociolinguistics Happy Hour

Tuesdays - Semantics/Pragmatics Happy Hour, Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics Happy Hour, Creole Studies Social Hour

Wednesday - no planned social hours, break from classes!

Thursday - Fieldworker Weekly Social, Morphology Happy Hour, Sociolinguistics/Dialectology Happy Hour

Fridays - Fieldworker Weekly Social, Corpus/Computational Linguistics Happy Hour 

Please check the schedule on the app or see the calendar for more information. 

Post-Lecture Parties

The Institute will host parties at the Boone Center after each public lecture. Expect light refreshments (hors d'oeuvres) and a cash bar.
Scheduled Public Lectures:
All Public Lectures will take place in JSB 121 unless otherwise noted. Please head over to the Boone Center after each lecture for refreshments and discussion! 
Filmore Professor: Julia Hirschberg - Columbia University - 7/6 at 7:00 pm 
Forum Lecturer: Michel  DeGraff - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 7/14 at 7:00pm
International Dance Party following Michel DeGraff's Lecture! 8:30 -10:00pm at the Boone Center 
Sapir Professor: Penelope Eckert - Stanford University - 7/18 at 7:00pm
Inagural ADS Professorship Lecture: Kirk Hazen - West Virginia University - 7/20 at 7pm
Forum Lecturer: Robin Queen - University of Michigan - 7/25 at 7:00pm
Hale Professor: Lenore Grenoble - University of Chicago - 7/28 at 7:00pm
Colitz Professor: Joan Bybee - University of New Mexico - 8/1 at 7:00pm