Six earn national recognition as Summer Scholars

Published on: May 05, 2010

Six outstanding Lone Star College-CyFair professors -  Dr. Sandra Harvey, Idolina Hernandez, Esther Robinson, Maria Sanders, Dr. James Seymour and Matt Turner - are among this year’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars.

The endowment is a federal agency that each summer supports Landmarks of American History and Culture one-week workshops so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

“We are proud that these professors have earned this national recognition,” said Dean of Social Sciences and Advanced Technology Jo Fey. “The workshops are another venue for faculty not only to connect with experts in their field, but to bring an enhanced curriculum back to their classrooms.”

Faculty will also have the opportunity to share what they learn at the summer NEH workshops with the Cy-Fair community as the college’s Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) and Windows On the World (W.O.W.) will host faculty presentations throughout the 2010-2011 academic year on various topics.

Dr. Harvey, who teaches history, will participate in a workshop titled “History and Commemoration: Legacies of the Pacific War” held at the University of Hawai’i. Dr. Geoffrey White directs this program that NEH and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association (AMMA) funds with sponsorship from the East West Center and its Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint program of the University of Hawai'i and the East-West Center. 

Hernandez, who teaches sociology, will participate in a workshop titled “Landmarks of American Democracy: From Freedom Summer to the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.”  Dr. Michelle Deardorff will direct this program held at Mississippi’s Jackson State University.

Robinson, who teaches history, will participate in a workshop titled “Building the New South; The Social and Economic Transformation of the Piedmont after the Civil War.”  Dr. John Beck and Dr. Jim Bissett will direct this program held at North Carolina’s Elon University.

Dr. Seymour, who teaches history, will participate in a workshop titled “Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront.”  Dr. Richard E. Hanley will direct this program held at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York.

Sanders, Dean of Humanities, and Turner, who teaches English, will participate in a workshop titled, “Legacies and Landmarks of the High Plains Native Americans.” Dianna Parmley and Kathryn Ballobin will direct the program held at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska.  

For information on NEH, go to www.neh.gov. For information on LSC-CyFair, A.L.L., W.O.W or to register for summer or fall courses, go to LoneStar.edu.