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ETBU School of Humanities awarded grant

Nov. 7, 2012 at 10 p.m.

East Texas Baptist University has been awarded a small grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University.

The Lilly Small Grant Program is intended to support new programs that stimulate conversation about church related higher education and mission.

"Our university is delighted to be one of eight awardees for the 2013-2014 academic year," said Dr. Jerry Summers, the Lilly campus faculty representative at ETBU. "This is our third full year as a member of the Lilly Fellows Network."

ETBU faculty members from various academic areas collaborated to develop and support the grant application titled, "Human Rights, Reconciliation, and Restorative Justice: East Texas and the World."

The grant, awarded for a the 2013-2014 Academic Year, will enhance a multidisciplinary program involving the Schools of Humanities, Natural and Behavior Sciences, Christian Studies, Fine Arts, Education, the Great Commission Center, and the division of Spiritual Development.

The program is to be associated with concurrent academic classes in literature, history, political science, fine arts, and the behavioral sciences; and public programs through the East Texas Christian Writers' Conference and the continuing Judge Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series.

"The Lilly grant is an important recognition of our membership and active participation in the 99-member network.

"It's a seed grant, but it still encourages us to 'fill out' our university mission in new and creative ways.

"The proposed program will change minds and lives. We are excited that our campus and community will see better how we can promote understanding about justice, reconciliation and hope--and how to make them real.

"As a Christ-centered higher education community, we want to lead in making a decisive difference on our campus and in our community and world," added Dr. Summers.

For information about the ETBU School of Humanities call (903) 923-2083.



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