Outstanding KU undergraduates selected as 2012-13 Hall Center Scholars

LAWRENCE — Six outstanding KU undergraduates have been selected to serve as Hall Center Scholars for 2012-2013: Sida Niu, senior, chemical engineering, Overland Park; Carolisa Watson, senior, East Asian languages and cultures, Lawrence; Adam Nicholson, senior, sociology, Lawrence; Bernadette Myers, senior, English/Italian/European studies, Prairie Village; Becky Mandelbaum, senior, English/creative writing, Wichita; and Ursula Rothrock, senior, Spanish/journalism, Lawrence, will have the opportunity to engage with the prominent public intellectuals who speak in the Hall Center’s Humanities Lecture Series.

Each scholar also receives an award of $500. The students selected for the honor will spend the academic school year in conversation with the visiting speakers of the Hall Center’s highly regarded Humanities Lecture Series.

Niu appreciated the diversity of topics represented in the Humanities Lecture Series before becoming a scholar, and he expressed his excitement about becoming more involved.

“I hope to broaden my cultural as well as my own personal perception and become a more educated individual regarding issues and challenges people face beyond the communities I am familiar with,” he said.

The Humanities Lecture Series is the Hall Center’s most significant public outreach program, bringing prominent intellectuals to speak to the campus and wider community about contemporary issues of importance.

The scholars play an important role by promoting the unique contribution of the humanities and promoting discussion about topics raised in the series to other undergraduates at KU.

 “Talking, discussing, reasoning and questioning all help us to understand each other better and in turn build a greater appreciation and respect for others,” Nicholson said.

The Humanities Lecture Series speakers for 2012-2013 will be Nikky Finney, Sarah Vowell, Robin Rowland, Stephen Greenblatt and Edwidge Danticat. The series has long provided a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue among renowned speakers, the university and the surrounding communities.

Hall Center Scholar awards, made possible by donations to the Friends of the Hall Center, are open to KU undergraduates with strong academic credentials who have demonstrated significant engagement in the university community.

For more information about the Hall Center Scholar program or the Humanities Lecture Series, contact the Hall Center by email or call (785) 864-4798.