LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2020) — University of Kentucky undergraduates may apply now for the Gaines Center for the Humanities' prestigious 2020 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.
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 a two-page prospectus of their lecture (the topic being of the individual's choice) and a brief, tentative bibliography. The prospectus must be based on completed research and written work associated with a credit-bearing course.
In addition to the prospectus, a personal resume and two faculty references are required.
The Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecturer will receive a special award and an honorarium of $500. The application can be found online at www.uky.edu/gainescenter/breathitt-lecture. The deadline for application submission is 4 p.m. Friday, March 13.
All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Friday, March 20, 2020, with the lecture taking place Thursday, April 2, 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.