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Dr. Keira Williams Named Dibner Library Resident Scholar

Dr. Keira Williams, Honors College Assistant Professor, has been selected as a Dibner Library Resident Scholar for 2015. This position consists of a residential grant to conduct research in the Special Collections at the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program awards generous stipends to individuals working on a topic relating to the history of science and technology who can make substantial use of the Dibner Library’s Special Collections. The award is intended to support Dr. Williams’s research for a book project on the origins of Wonder Woman and matriarchies in American popular culture.

Dr. Keira Williams joined the Honors College faculty as an Americanist who teaches U.S. history courses, women’s studies courses, and honors seminars in modern culture. She is also teaching the Honors Thesis course. Williams came to TTU from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she was the interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and lecturer in the Honors Program. Her eclectic teaching experiences and interests are particularly well suited to our Honors College curriculum.

Williams has taught service learning courses on equity and sustainability, first-year experience courses on social justice, a seminar on the history of American sexuality, and introductory courses on Latin American and Caribbean studies. She is the author of “Gendered Politics in the Modern South: The Susan Smith Case and the Rise of a New Sexism,” published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012. Also in 2012, Williams was a fellow at the International Summer Institute for the Cultural Study of the Law at Osnabruck, Germany.

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We LOVE this new video! At 0:08 and 0:16, you may see someone you recognize. The Masked Rider is an Honors student and our dean is featured in his Biology Lab! #IAmARedRaider

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Upcoming SENIORS!!!!


A gentle reminder that fall scholarship deadlines will come up faster than you anticipate.

Internal deadlines for Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell are all early September.

FULBRIGHT: Fully-Funded Year Abroad for Research or English Teaching Assistantship (open to U.S. citizens)

RHODES: funds up to three years of graduate work at Oxford (open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals) http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

MARSHALL: fund up to two years of graduate work at a British university (open to U.S. citizens) http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

MITCHELL: funds one year of graduate work in Ireland (open to U.S. citizens)

GATES-CAMBRIDGE: funds up to three years of graduate work at Cambridge (open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals)

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Benefits of Service Learning

My reasons for taking a service learning class were rather selfish, truth be told. I wanted to do something to lessen the guilt that comes with being a privileged expat brat (I guess you could say I was more interested in the service than the learning). Call me an easy mark, but when I travel, I constantly feel like I should apologize for resembling the wealthy tourists who walk around like they own the place à la Rudyard Kipling. Don’t get me wrong, I had always known my family was doing better than some, but hadn’t realized exactly how well until I started going on trips without my parents. In Phnom Penh, our Habitat group built houses for people who had previously lived in the city dump. As in, called the dump home. In Bali, my friends and I had to weave our way through crowds of 10-year-olds who had just been released from their shift at the manufacturing plant. In Ho Chi Min city, we listened to translated stories from the orphans we were working with about hawking cheap souvenirs to help pay for food. All of these people try so hard and have so little, while I have the time and ability to do so much more. I saw this class and figured, service, cultural credit, and FYE all in one? Score!

I don’t really know what I expected from the class, but I certainly enjoyed both the class and the service. I chose to do St. Benedict’s, which did not exactly line up with my vision of a soup kitchen (mainly because there was no soup). Again, I didn’t really expect much, so I suppose you could say the experience exceeded my expectations.

 Perhaps the most eye-opening part of the whole experience was being able to interact with the clientele as though class wasn’t an issue.  They’re people just the same as the rest of us, but sometimes it feels like society assigns them a status akin to that of the untouchables in the Indian caste system. While that seems like an extreme comparison, very few people talk to or even make eye contact with these people on the street; in fact, many go out of their way to avoid them. St. Benedict’s gave me a chance to bypass those social barriers and actually talk to some of the people.

I feel like this didn’t so much alter my perception of the poor but my future actions towards them. Abstractly, I’ve always known they’re just people with less money. In practice, however, I could never make my actions mirror those thoughts; in other words, I was one of those people who never looked at the poor while walking down the street. I believe my personal experience will make it easier for me to see them as people and not a label, and treat them as such.

Taylor Hibler