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August 25, 2005
Contact: Jasonne Grabher O'Brien, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7823

Hall Center at KU offers new Simons Public Humanities Fellowship

LAWRENCE -- Applicants are being sought for the Simons Public Humanities Fellowship which seeks to bring gifted leaders from fields such as journalism, law, medicine, business, the arts, and public service who are not employed by an academic institution to the Hall Center at the University of Kansas.

This innovative program -- supported by the Simons family of Lawrence, KU's Hall Center for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities - will bring one Simons Fellow to the Hall Center on KU's Lawrence campus for a period ranging from one month to one semester each academic year. Fellows may use the time and resources available to broaden general interests, to specialize in a particular field, or to explore a new area of interest.

The Simons Fellow will receive a stipend of up to $20,000 to facilitate their course of study and research, and to assist with housing and other expenses.

"No other humanities center in the country offers a program with the flexibility and breadth of the Simons Fellowship," said Victor Bailey, center director. "Each fellow will propose their own program of humanistic study and length of residency and will be encouraged to participate fully in the many interdisciplinary exchanges that the Center promotes."

The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2005 for a fellowship term in the 2006-2007 academic year. For more information, including application procedures and selection criteria, contact Jasonne Grabher O'Brien at (785) 864-7823 or jgobrien@ku.edu or by visiting www.hallcenter.ku.edu.

As a longtime advocate of the view that education is a lifelong experience, the Simons family endowed the fellowship to give individuals of experience form outside the university the time and freedom to re-engage with humanities-based learning and enhance their personal and professional lives. At the same time, the Hall Center and KU benefit from the presence of an accomplished leader from beyond the academy, Bailey said.

"The Simons Fellowship creates a wonderful opportunity to bring accomplished people who will share their experiences, perspectives and knowledge to campus," says Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "KU will be enriched by the Simons Fellows, and I fully expect ideas to originate.

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