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WKU Faculty Members Awarded Grant

wku red redBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (4/16/13) - Three faculty members in WKU’s Potter College of Arts & Letters have been awarded grant support this spring from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
Dr. Audrey Anton, assistant professor of Philosophy, received an Enduring Questions grant from NEH to develop a general education course, “Vice—What Makes Us Bad.”
 
Dr. Eric Kondratieff, assistant professor of History, received an NEH Summer Stipend to support his research project, “Tribunes of the Plebs in the Roman Republic.”
 
Dr. Beth Plummer, associate professor of History, has been selected to participate in the NEH Seminar, “Persecution, Toleration, Co-Existence: Early Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism.”
 
Here is more about each NEH grant recipient:
 
Dr. Audrey L. Anton joined WKU’s Department of Philosophy & Religion department in fall of 2011. She earned her doctorate from Ohio State University that same year, focusing on Ancient philosophy and contemporary Ethics and Moral Psychology. Her dissertation addresses the question of how praise- and blameworthiness are related to moral responsibility and advances a moral attitude account of praiseworthiness and blameworthiness. She has published on topics such as Aristotle on recidivism, Kantian moral worth, Virtue Ethics and Psychopathy, and issues in Philosophical Gerontology such as respect for one’s elders and old age and technology. At WKU she has taught courses in Ancient, Hellenistic and Medieval philosophy, Ethics, and Free Will and Moral Responsibility. She is working on an edited volume addressing the connection between moral and intellectual virtues as well as a monograph on Aristotle’s theory of Vice. With the help of the funding from her National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” grant, she will begin creating a general education course this summer tentatively titled “Vice: what makes us bad,” which will inquire into the nature of vice on philosophical, psychological, and sociological levels and will incorporate fiction, film, and service learning opportunities at local institutions addressing various issues in criminology.
 
Dr. Eric Kondratieff, an Ancient Historian and Classicist, joined WKU’s Department of History in fall of 2012. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. From 2004 to 2012, he taught a variety of courses at Temple University in Philadelphia, including Greek and Roman History, Race in Antiquity and Latin at all levels. At WKU he teaches Greek and Roman history and continues his research and publication activities in Roman social and political history, literature and material culture. His current project, “Tribunes of the Plebs in the Roman Republic,” examines previously unexplored factors in the development and demographics of the plebeian Tribunate, a singularly important political, legislative and administrative institution of the Roman Republic (509 to 31 BCE). This project is under contract with Cambridge University Press for publication in 2015; his NEH Summer Stipend, combined with a generous RCAP award from WKU’s Office of Research, will support the research and writing activities necessary to bring his manuscript to completion.
 
Dr. Beth Plummer was selected to receive a stipend to participate in a NEH Seminar, Persecution, Toleration, Co-Existence: Early Modern Responses to Religious Pluralism, held this summer at the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to discussing recent scholarship on Religious Pluralism with the other participants and seminar leaders, she is looking forward to working on her research project, “Fighting for Keys: Nuns in Multiconfessional Convents in North Germany,” which explores the varied experiences of groups of nuns with different faiths sharing space in convents during the 16th and 17th century. She will be presenting the results of that research at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference and will be offering a graduate seminar on Persecution and Toleration in Early Modern Europe in the fall. Dr. Plummer has been a History faculty member at WKU since 2003 and published her first book, From Priest’s Whore to Pastor’s Wife: Clerical Marriage and the Process of Reform in the Early German Reformation in 2012. She is co-editing a volume called Forgetting Plurality: Writing Confessional Histories after the Reformation and researching her second monograph, Stripping the Veil: The Lutheran Reform of Convents and Laicization of Nuns in Sixteenth-Century Germany.
 
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