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Colby-Sawyer College Professor Recognized by National Endowment for the Humanities

Colby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation, is proud to announce that Professor of Humanities Thomas Kealy has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by NEH. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so that faculty can work collaboratively and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Professor Kealy will participate in an institute entitled “The Alhambra and Spain's Islamic Past.” The four-week program, directed by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles and Professor Oscar E. Vázquez of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will take place in Granada, Spain. The 25 faculty selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend to cover their travel, study and living expenses.

“This NEH grant will help me to jump straight into my research on the history of literature in al-Andalus, which is the topic of my 2015-2016 sabbatical work,” said Professor Kealy. “I truly appreciate the support of both the college and my faculty colleagues which will allow me to take the time needed to explore the archives and the libraries of Spain.”

The approximately 521 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach more than 91,175 American students the following year.

About Colby-Sawyer College

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The College's faculty, staff and students strive for excellence in an engaged teaching and learning community that fosters students' academic, intellectual, and personal growth. With a strong emphasis on learning outcomes, including breadth and depth of knowledge, self-growth, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication, Colby-Sawyer prepares students to thrive post-graduation and make a positive impact upon a dynamic, diverse, and interdependent world.

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