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Mary C. Bingham Seminar & Thomas D. Clark Lectureship

Announcing the 2014 Bingham Seminar in the Humanities: Making an American 'Athens'

(HMN 300; 4 credit hours, Thursdays 2:00-5:00pm, Spring 2014)

Faculty instructor: Patrick Lee Lucas, Director, UK School of Interiors

Undergraduate students from all colleges and majors are invited to apply for the 2014 Bingham Seminar in the Humanities, “Making an American ‘Athens’” taught by PatrickLee Lucas, Director of UK’s School of Interiors.

In “Making an American ‘Athens,’” students will use material evidence and site visits in Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN; and Edinburgh, Scotland to learn how design and community meet and to investigate the factors influencing cities’ claims to the nickname “Athens of the West.”

For a detailed course description, please see the Documents section below.

The Gaines Center provides up to $1,000 toward the cost of travel for each of the students enrolled in the course. Enrollment is limited and the deadline to apply is November 13, 2013.

For more information about the course (including estimated costs after the $1,000 Gaines Center scholarship) and to apply, please visit the course site at Education Abroad.

If you have questions about the course, contact the instructor or the Gaines Center, 257-1537.

About Bingham Seminars in the Humanities

Every other year, the Center holds an open competition among University of Kentucky faculty who wish to offer a special humanities-oriented seminar that includes a travel experience. Ten to twelve students are then selected by way of competitive application for participation in this seminar. The Bingham Seminar in the Humanities provides faculty and students a chance to explore a subject not in the university's regular course offerings and to do so on-site, since the seminar provides funding to offset the cost of two to four weeks' study either in the US or abroad.

Compensatory benefit for faculty instructor:

  • Research and study grant:                 $4,000.00
  • Summer travel expenses grant:  up to $2,000.00

Compensatory benefit for participating students (based on an enrollment of 10 students)

  • Summer travel grant:    approximately $1,000.00

Students and faculty should visit the UK Education Abroad (EA) website for more information about international education programming. The Bingham Seminar is offered in coordination with the Education Abroad office. Students, please note that Education Abroad provides scholarships to UK students and has excellent information on a wide range of external funding opportunities, too. Bingham Seminar participants are highly encouraged to apply for EA support. Specific deadlines apply and many are quite early.

Poster of past seminar (2012)The seminar also includes the Thomas D. Clark Lectureship in the Humanities, which allows the seminar instructor to invite a distinguished person in the field of study to offer two lectures, one for the public and the other for the seminar. The Clark Lectureship provides an honorarium of up to $2,000 and also covers transportation and hospitality expenses of the speaker.

The seminar and lectures will be offered in the spring semester and May. The instructor is responsible for documenting the Bingham Seminar experience by the beginning of fall semester 2014 according to a format mutually agreed upon by the instructor and director of the Gaines Center. Past documentation has been creative, including a journal of student and faculty experiences and a website featuring travel photographs and student comments about their educational experience.

View a list of past Bingham Seminars and Clark Lectures here, including a student scrapbook from the 2012 seminar.