AHF and David Mathews Center host UA symposium

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Alabama Humanities Foundation and David Mathews Center
host UA symposium

Alabama Humanities Foundation and David Mathews Center for Civic Life will host the 2013 Whetstone/Seaman Symposium at The University of Alabama on June 26 to honor the winner of the Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award, Rekha Nath.

The symposium will also serve as an opportunity for public deliberation on the topic, “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” Deliberation will be guided using an issue book developed by the National Issues Forums Institute.

Nath is professor of Philosophy at The University of Alabama and will be a speaker at the symposium along with Chris McCauley, executive director of the David Mathews Center and Mark Wilson, director of Civic Learning Initiatives, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University.

The Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award is a biennial essay competition open to all non-tenured humanities scholars who hold positions at Alabama colleges and universities. A jury of humanities scholars selects the top six essays. The author of the most outstanding paper receives a $3,000 scholar development grant and the runner-­up receives a $1,500 scholar development grant. Dr. Bob Whetstone; his wife, Janelle Whetstone; and his sister, Janet Seaman, fund the award.

After the symposium, the top essays will be published in AHF’s online journal, Alabama Humanities Review, and circulated to libraries and other scholarly venues.

In the 2012 competition, AHF invited scholars to submit an essay, Overcoming Polarization toward Building a Common Future.

Nath’s winning essay is an engaging piece that thoroughly analyzes the forces that drive polarization, and she will be presented with the Whetstone/Seaman Faculty Development Award at the symposium.

It will be held in The University of Alabama’s Ferguson Theater from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to the public.


About the Alabama Humanities Foundation

As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, AHF encourages and promotes appreciation of literature, history, law, philosophy and the arts through programs, events and grants to help others discover and share the meanings of life found through the humanities.

Founded in 1974 as a vehicle for awarding grants to grassroots organizations in Alabama, the AHF now offers all Alabamians opportunities to explore the humanities through funded public programs such as seminars, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, documentary videos and film.

About the David Mathews Center for Civic Life

The David Mathews Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that works with citizens who wants to make positive, innovative decisions that lead to action in their communities on issues that concern them. The Center works to encourage sustainable community practices that are aimed at building and preserving a healthy democracy. The Center honors the life and works of David Mathews, a native of Grove Hill, Alabama and president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.