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Call for Applications — Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, 2011-2012

Call for Applications — Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, 2011-2012

The Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy was established in 2006 by a generous gift from Steven and Barbara Mendell. Mr. Mendell is a life-time member of the U.C. Santa Barbara Foundation since 1983, serving as its Chair in 2003-05. Believing that it is the responsibility of liberal arts institutions to support scholarship and teaching that advance a civil society, the endowment was established to encourage discussion and debate relating to the compelling questions of ethics and values in contemporary public life, and with attention particularly about how these questions might be informed by knowledge of history and cultural traditions.

Consistent with the goals of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life at UCSB, the endowment supports one or more fellowship stipends each year for outstanding graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UCSB (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Science) whose research or programs of study advance the goals
of broad-based cultural literacy and high ethical standards in our participative democracy.

Although the scope of possible research topics for funding is wide, all such topics must relate to some aspect of contemporary values and ethics in the “public sphere,” such as the importance of civility and tolerance, appreciation for pluralism and human rights, understanding better how public issues are framed, ways in which social conflict is resolved, improving and extending democratic practice, and the role of public humanities generally in society. Support may be provided for dissertation fellowships, supplemental fellowships, summer stipends, or for special research projects.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the Capps Center web site (http://www.cappscenter.ucsb.edu/fellow.html).

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 3043/3045 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, UCSB.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee and awards announced by June 1, 2011.

For further information, contact

Dr. Leonard Wallock, Associate Director
Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life
3045 Humanities and Social Sciences Building
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3130
Tel. 893-2317 or E-mail: leonard.wallock@cappscenter.ucsb.edu

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