Student and Academic Life

Final Days for Undergrads to Apply for Gaines Center’s Breathitt Lectureship in the Humanities

photo of Tiana The delivering Breathitt Lecture
The Breathitt Lectureship gives an undergraduate the opportunity to present on a humanities topic of great interest to them. The winner also is a recipient of a cash prize.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2021) Only a few days remain for University of Kentucky undergraduates to apply for the Gaines Center for the Humanities' prestigious 2021 Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities. While applications are welcome from students in any college or major, the lecture must have a strong humanities focus. Any UK faculty member may also nominate a qualified student. Applications are due Monday, March 22. 

The Breathitt Lectureship was established to honor an eminent Kentuckian and outstanding alumnus, former Gov. Edward T. Breathitt, whose interest in higher education and humanities was exceptional. This lectureship is awarded to an undergraduate whose qualities of mind and spirit have been expressed eloquently on one or more of the basic concerns of the humanities.

Each candidate will be required to submit the following in their Breathitt Lectureship application:

  • a working title of the presentation;
  • the course the work is associated with (if the research was done as a part of a course);
  • the name of a faculty mentor who can help the lectureship winner prepare the presentation (if selected);
  • a one- to two- page prospectus outlining the research topic; and
  • two faculty references (these references do not need to provide a letter). 

The Breathitt Lecture will take place virtually via Zoom webinar 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021. The Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecturer will receive a special award and an honorarium of $500.

The application for the Breathitt Lectureship can be found online at The deadline for application submission is 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 22.

Past Breathitt Lecture titles are available on the Gaines Center’s website. For more information, call the Gaines Center at 859-257-1537 or email Associate Director Chelsea Brislin at

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 center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The Gaines Center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

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