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The Baecke committee will accept proposals in any of the award categories. The 2015-16 grant applications are due November 1, 2015Click here for the Application and Forms page

The Baecke New Faculty Research Award supports the research endeavors of faculty in their pre-tenure years at St. Ambrose. Eligible are tenure-track faculty conducting research in areas related to the humanities. As many as three awards up to the amount of $3,000 may be given this year. Funds will support travel to research sites as well as costs of research materials. Funds permitting, a second round of applications will close on the first Friday of February.

The Baecke Faculty Research Award supports the research endeavors of tenured faculty at St. Ambrose University. Eligible are tenured faculty conducting research in areas related to the humanities. As many as three awards up to the amount of $3,000 may be given this year. Funds will support travel to research sites as well as costs of research materials. Funds permitting, a second round of applications will close on the first Friday of February.

Current Grant Recipients

The Baecke Colloquium is held each fall semester on campus. Each grant recipient gives a presentation about the projects they engaged in last year and how the Baecke Endowment was able to help fund their projects.

Marian Lee, Music Department. Dr. Lee will be talking about her participation in the Teachers Program at PianoTexas 2015 this past summer in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University. She will demonstrate the research done in preparation for her upcoming December performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and talk about her findings regarding the theme of the festival that year which was the music of Chopin.

Hunhui Oh, Master of Social Work, "Rural Wisdom."  
Dr. Oh's research was to investigate the role of early life course factors and social support networks in the development and conceptualization of wisdom. Dr. Oh and three students conducted interviews and surveys with 50 participants. In September, they will complete data collection and data input, followed by quantitative and qualitative analyses. This research is expected to shift the scientific study of wisdom from how people understand wisdom differently to WHY people do so. The finding also advocates that as a lifelong process of human development, growth in wisdom might sometimes begin by recognizing the legacy of family values, wherein the 'seeds of wisdom' continue to ripen. 

Tadd Ruetenik, Philosophy, "Demons, Mediums, and Seers: William James and Reaches of Human Consciousness."
 Tadd conducted research for his book at the Summer Institute in American Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland. His book explains William James through his consideration of what James calls "exceptional mental states." These states often produce the belief that one is perceiving either ghosts, demons, or heavenly worlds. Dr. Ruetenik analyzes James' investigations of these things, as well as more recent psychical research, to develop a Jamesian notion of human consciousness. 

Brittany Tullis, Modern Languages and Cultures, "Social Comics in Peru."
To support an ongoing research project on Peruvian social and testimonial comics, Brittany Tullis continued research on these comics and their creators in Perú, visiting libraries, museums, and special collections at institutions such as "The Place of Memory and Social Inclusion," as well as conducting personal interviews with Jesús Cossio and Juan Acevedo, two of the most influential comics creators in contemporary Perú.

2015-16 Lecture: "Justice for People with Disabilities: The Capabilities Approach"

Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Rogalski Center, Ballroom
Delivered by Martha C. Nussbaum, PhD
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Law School, The University of Chicago

Martha Nussbaum earned her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Nussbaum is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department as well as a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a board member of the Human Rights Program.

From 1986 to 1993, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association's Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy. From 1999 to 2000, she was one of the three Presidents of the Association, delivering the Presidential Address in the Central Division.

She has received honorary degrees from 50 colleges and universities. She received the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2002, the Barnard College Medal of Distinction in 2003, the Radcliffe Alumnae Recognition Award in 2007, and the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University in 2010. In 2009 she won the ASK award from the German Social Science Research Council (WZB) for her contributions to "social system reform," and the American Philosophical Society's Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence. In 2012 she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences. She delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford University in 2014, and she was recently awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize (2015).

Her impressive publication list includes, among others: The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986, updated edition 2000), Love's Knowledge (1990) Poetic Justice (1996), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Women and Human Development (2000), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (2007), Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality (2008), From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011), The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012) and Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (2013).