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Gaines Center Issues Call for Bingham Seminar, Clark Lectureship Applications

poster for the 2019 Bingham Seminar
Faculty are encouraged to apply for the Bingham Seminar by Oct. 1.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2019) Every other year, the Gaines Center for the Humanities holds an open competition among University of Kentucky faculty who wish to offer a special 300-level humanities-oriented seminar that includes a travel experience either in the summer or over Spring Break 2020. Proposals are due Oct. 1.

The Bingham Seminar provides a faculty member and a class of up to 10 students a chance to explore a subject not in the university's regular course offerings. The seminar provides funding up to $6,000 to offset the cost of course development and two to four weeks of study either in the U.S. or abroad. The winning educator is responsible for documenting the Bingham Seminar experience. The 10 students selected to participate in the seminar are chosen by competitive application.  

In conjunction with the seminar, the Clark Lectureship provides funding to host a visiting lecturer. The lectureship allows the seminar instructor to invite a distinguished person in the field of study to present two lectures, one for the public and the other for the seminar in the spring of 2020. The Clark Lectureship provides an honorarium of up to $2,000 that covers transportation and the hospitality expenses of the speaker.  

Faculty should submit their proposals for the Bingham Seminar and the Clark Lectureship by Oct. 1, 2019. More information and the application for the seminar can be found here: www.uky.edu/gainescenter/bingham-seminar

Proposals and an updated curriculum vitae may be submitted for the 2020 Bingham Seminar and Clark Lectureship by email to Gaines Center Associate Director Chelsea Brislin at clbris4@uky.edu. Faculty may also submit a hard copy of the proposal to: The Gaines Center, 218 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40506-0344. 

Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. The Gaines Center is designed to enrich the study of the humanities as an intellectual activity and as a means to self-betterment. The center offers courses and sponsors activities that appeal to faculty and students in all disciplinary fields.

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