MCC Professor Tapped for National Workshops

(Bradenton, Fla., June 6, 2006) - Dr. Mary Katherine Wainwright, a Manatee Community College (MCC) language and literature professor, is one of 25 faculty nationwide selected to attend 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Community College Faculty.  

"These exciting academies are part of a larger national effort, the 'We the People' initiative, whose goal is to help Americans know their history. We are particularly pleased to offer this opportunity for faculty at America's community colleges, who play a crucial role in shaping the values of our next generation," said Bruce Cole, NEH chairman.

Wainwright will receive stipends to attend two workshops in July at significant historical sites. "Topics are Encountering John Adams: Braintree and Boston"; and "Concord, Massachusetts and American Utopian Thought in the Early 19th Century." Sites she will visit include the Canterbury Shaker Village, Brook Farm, Walden Pond, Fruitlands, The School of Philosophy at the Orchard House Museum, Ralph Waldo Emerson Home, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Old Manse Museum and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Named in the 2004 edition of Who's Who of American Women, Wainwright also has been named in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Who's Who in the American South and Southwest. She has received other NEH and Florida Endowment Fund for Higher Education stipends and fellowships and has had poetry published in the Sarasota Review of Poetry and Kalliope, among others. Wainwright earned her doctorate degree in philosophy at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

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