Established to honor an eminent Kentuckian 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. All University of Kentucky students are eligible to apply for the Lectureship.
Ashleigh Lovelace, a senior majoring in English, Art History, and Arts Administration, was selected to deliver the 19th annual Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecture.
On February 7, 2013, she presented "Nostalgia in the Present: The 'Death of Print' and a Contemporary Crisis of Communal Identity. " The lecture was followed by a reception. Click here to view the recorded lecture.
The window for applying for the 2013 Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities closed on November 15, 2012. Undergraduate students, please consider applying next fall for the 2014 Breathitt Lectureship! For reference, please see below for details on how to apply during fall semester, 2013.
To apply, submit the following materials:
- the applicant information form, which asks for the names of two faculty references and the title of the proposed lecture
- a typed, two-page (double-spaced) prospectus describing the lecture topic (the topic is to be designed by the applicant), accompanied by a brief, tentative bibliography
- a resume/c.v.
The deadline for applications is will be announced on this site in the early fall.
Download the Application for the Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities.
Submit applications in person or by mail (but not by email) to:
The Gaines Center for the Humanities
232 E. Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344
If you are delivering your application by hand, note that the office is open 7:30-12:00 and 1:00-4:30 Monday through Friday.
The selected lecturer will be notified in December, allowing at least a month for the preparation and practice of the presentation.
The lecture will be recorded and archived in UKnowledge.
A reception follows the lecture.
The Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lecturer receives a special award and an honorarium of $500.
Past lectures are listed below. For more information, please call the Gaines Center,