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Undergrads May Apply Now for Gaines Center's Breathitt Lectureship

photo of Tiana The giving Breathitt Lecture in 2019
The Breathitt Lectureship gives an undergraduate the opportunity to present on a humanities topic of great interest. The winner also takes earns a cash prize.

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 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

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