2013-14 C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship

The C. Henry Smith Trust directors: Jim Harder, representing Bluffton University; John J. Smith, representing the Smith family; and Jim Histand, representing Goshen College; announce the 39th annual C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture. A committee composed of the directors of peace studies and academic deans of Goshen College and Bluffton University will select a scholar to prepare and present a peace lecture in the colleges and churches. C. Henry Smith, the distinguished Mennonite historian, gave priority in his will to maintaining and strengthening the peace witness in Mennonite churches.

Nature of project
The C. Henry Smith Peace Lectureship is interpreted broadly to include related media through which the peace witness can be communicated - such as drama, story and visual art as well as a more formal lecture. Each lecture will be presented publicly at Bluffton University and Goshen College. Insofar as is possible, lecturers are encouraged to present the lecture in churches and at other colleges. The lectureship should, whenever possible, highlight a distinctive Anabaptist peace perspective.
 
Eligibility
The peace lectureship provides an opportunity for faculty members of Mennonite-related colleges and Mennonites teaching at other colleges, to strengthen their resources for teaching peace. Because of C. Henry Smith's long association with Goshen College and Bluffton University and his special consideration of these two institutions in establishment of the trust, if top proposals are of equal quality, faculty member proposals from Goshen and Bluffton will receive priorty.  We are looking for creativity in research and presentations that will convey peace from a distinctive Anabaptist perspective and strengthen the peace witness of the Mennonite Churches.
 
Stipend
The lecturer will receive a stipend of $4,000, and up to an additional $2,000, upon approval of the trust directors, for reimbursement of expenses related to research, travel, lecture presentation or publication. The stipend should make it possible for the lecturer to give the equivalent of one month to preparation of the lecture.
 
Schedule
The deadline for completed applications is March 15, 2013. The recipient of the award will be notified no later than April 12, 2013. The lecture is to be presented during the 2013-14 academic year.
 
Form of proposals
Proposals are to be presented in the format described in the application materials. Proposals should be submitted to the academic deans at both Bluffton University and Goshen College.
 
For application materials, contact either college dean:
 
Dr. Anita K. Stalter, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Goshen College, 1700 S. Main, Goshen, IN 46526. Administrative assistant, Nancy J. Miller, e-mail address: nancyjm@goshen.edu Telephone: 574-535-7503
 
Dr. Sally Weaver Sommer, vice president and dean of academic affairs, Bluffton University, 1 University Dr., Bluffton, OH 45817-2104. Administrative assistant, Nancy Neff, e-mail address: neffn@bluffton.edu Telephone: 419-358-3317