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Gaines Center Taking Bingham Seminar, Clark Lectureship Proposals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2017) — University of Kentucky's Gaines Center for the Humanities is currently accepting faculty proposals for the 2018 Mary C. Bingham Seminar and Thomas D. Clark Lectureship in Humanities. Every other year, the Gaines Center holds an open competition among UK faculty who want to offer a special humanities-oriented seminar for students that includes a travel experience. Proposals are due Thursday, Sept. 14. 

The Bingham Seminar provides faculty and students a chance to explore a subject not in the university's regular course offerings. The seminar provides funding 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. Ten students are selected to participate in the seminar by competitive application.  

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 2018. The Clark Lectureship provides an honorarium, covers transportation and the hospitality expenses of the speaker.  

Faculty should submit their proposals for the Bingham Seminar and the Clark Lectureship no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. More information and the application for the seminar can be found here:

Proposals for the Bingham Seminar and Clark Lectureship may be submitted by emailing Executive Director of Gaines Center Phil Harling at Faculty may also submit a hard copy of the proposal to: The Gaines Center, 232 E. Maxwell Street, 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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