Symposium on Wed. June 26 will honor professor at UA

by the Tuscaloosa News, click here for a direct link

The 2013 Whetstone/Seaman Symposium at the University of Alabama next week will honor UA professor of philosophy Rekha Nath, winner of the Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award.

The symposium, sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon on June 26 at UA’s Ferguson Theater and is open to the public.

Nath, David Mathews Center executive director Chris McCauley and Auburn University Civic Learning Initiatives director Mark Wilson are scheduled to speak.

The symposium will also feature a discussion of what role higher education should play in society, according to a release from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The award is a biennial juried essay competition for non-tenured humanities scholars at Alabama colleges and universities. The top six essays are selected, and the author of the best paper wins a $3,000 grant, according to the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Nath won the 2012 competition with an essay on the topic of “Overcoming Polarization Toward Building a Common Future.”

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