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Breathitt Undergraduate Lecture

The Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecture

Established toLinda Breathitt, daughter of the late Governor Breathitt, presents the award to the 2014 Breathitt Lecturer, Evan Sweet. honor Edward T. Breathitt, an eminent Kentuckian (Governor of KY, 1963-67) and an outstanding alumnus of the University of Kentucky whose interest in higher education and the 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: form, value, and memory. The award is presented by the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities.

The Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecturer receives a special award and an honorarium of $500.


To Apply

The application for the 2016 Breathitt Lecture is now open.

To apply to give the Breathitt Lecture, please complete the application form at the bottom of this page and submit it to the Gaines Center, 232 E. Maxwell Street by Friday, December 4, 2015 at 4pm.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by December 11. The 2016 lecturer is asked to meet with the staff of the Gaines Center during Fall Final Exam Week.


2005 Breathitt Lecturer Shayla Lawson presents "My Ancestor Antenna: Hair and Its Relation to African-American Identity Across the Diaspora."Past Lectures

See a list of all past Breathitt Lecturers and view videos of recent Breathitt Lectures.