Centre College recently hosted the 10th annual Brown Fellows Symposium, giving 80 students from Centre and the University of Louisville a chance to come together for poster sessions and presentations that report on their summer enrichment activities.
The Brown Fellows Program is a premier four-year merit scholarship, established by the James Graham Brown Foundation in partnership with Centre and the University of Louisville. Students are challenged to think differently, act compassionately, dream bigger and reach further.
“One of the hallmarks of the Brown Fellows Program—one of the most generous scholarships in the nation—is its support for summer enrichment activities, including two summers where Fellows design their own enrichment projects to pursue their interests and develop their skills,” said Associate Professor of English John Kinkade, Brown Fellows campus coordinator.
First-year students present each year on their activities during service week, part of the Brown Fellows Program’s unique Eudaimonia (Greek for “flourishing) orientation, which takes place in June.
Fellows from both campuses were assigned to work with Louisville non-profits. This year the Fellows worked with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the Louisville Urban League, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) and Educational Justice. Sophomore Fellows reported on research projects that they participated in during the Brown Fellows international trip, which occurs during the summer after the Fellows’ first year. This year’s projects included research into Rococco pottery from Alsace, historical memory of World War II and Alsatian identity in art.
Ellen Goldey, dean of the College and a member of the Brown Fellows Executive Committee, attended her first symposium this fall. According to Kinkade, she noted that the event reveals the Fellows’ “intellectual curiosity, professionalism, creativity, compassion and grace,” and that the spirit of “mutual respect and genuine camaraderie among students from different schools is rare and impressive.”
Rachel Moore ’20 (Helotes, Texas) is planning to attend veterinary school and worked in Mongolia this summer researching zoonotic disease threats, which are diseases transmitted from animals to humans. While there, she also taught English, which provided some unexpected challenges and rewards. Austin Shotwell ’21 (McCall, Idaho) returned to his home state this summer to work with Reclaim Idaho, a non-partisan political advocacy organization that focuses on effecting statutory change through ballot-level initiatives.
“The symposium is energizing every fall,” Kinkade said. “Brown Fellows follow their interests around the globe and return to campus to inspire us with the quality of the work they’ve done. The Brown Fellows Program is really an intensification of the very best that Centre has to offer—students take responsibility for their own learning and the Brown Fellows Program helps remove obstacles to their achievement, giving them the chance to travel, conduct research and pursue meaningful questions.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 5, 2019