The W.C. Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program
Established and endowed by his family, colleagues, former students, friends, and admirers in November, 2000, the W. C. Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program honors the distinguished legacy and service of the late Dr. Buthman, former Academic Dean and Professor of History at Hendrix College. In keeping with Dr. Buthman’s interest in and commitment to international affairs and global issues, the program focuses on scholars and lecturers whose expertise speaks most directly to the concerns of the collegiate center section of the new Hendrix curriculum known as “Challenges of the Contemporary World.” In this way, the Buthman Program solidifies and enhances a most integral part of the College’s educational mission as it engages a new millennium replete with global issues and fundamentally articulated by global dynamics.
The W. C. Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program brings up to two scholars per academic year to the campus, beginning in the Fall, 2001. As the endowment grows, additional visiting scholars and related programs may be included.
Scholars are selected with the following criteria in mind:
- That they bring fresh perspectives to the analysis of global issues and trends;
- That over time a wide range of global issues and dynamics is addressed in keeping with the curricular agenda of the College’s “Challenges of the Contemporary World;”
- That scholars use interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies whenever possible and relevant;
- That they promote cross-cultural appreciation and understanding;
- That they stimulate critical thinking about and evaluation of global issues and trends.
Scholars will receive a modest honorarium, plus expenses associated with their visit to campus. In return, they will be expected to spend up to three days on campus, engaging in a variety of opportunities by which to articulate their views on a range of global issues: public lectures, classroom visits, informal colloquia, and social occasions.
Selection of scholars will be undertaken by the Challenges of the Contemporary World Committee, appointed by the Provost, which will solicit nominations from the Hendrix community at large. Nominations for Buthman Fellows should be made to the Chair of the Challenges of the Contemporary World Committee.
As a center for these programs, providing on-campus lodging for the Foundation’s and other campus programs’ visiting faculty, writers, and lecturers and a seminar room and library for those visitors to visit informally with students and faculty. Other building events include student and faculty poetry and other readings, film evenings, study hall nights, student and faculty workshops, and student literary group meetings.
Associate Professor of Politics