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Amarillo Welcomes the Harrington Fellows Symposium

By March 27, 2017No Comments

The scholars funded by The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, the most prestigious fellowship program at The University of Texas at Austin, will present their research at the 15th annual research symposium in Amarillo on April 4.

The symposium will be hosted at the Amarillo Club (31st floor of the Chase Tower, 600 S. Tyler) at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Co-hosts for the event include the Amarillo Area Foundation, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and West Texas A&M University.

“The Harrington Fellows are world-class scholars, and we are honored to have them at UT,” said Gregory L. Fenves, president of UT Austin. “Sybil Harrington had an amazing vision for how she would further her husband’s remarkable legacy, and we see her vision realized today in these UT scholars and their research. The university is grateful for the Harrington Program and proud that the work of the Fellows improves our understanding of society and changes lives.”

The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program is one of the best endowed visiting scholar and graduate fellow programs in the nation. Sybil B. Harrington established the program as a tribute to her husband, Don, to support young faculty members and graduate students who have academic records of success and ingenuity.

This year’s featured speakers and their research presentations include:

  • Charlie Laderman, faculty fellow in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Clements Center, “Elihu Root, Conservative Internationalism and the Origins of the American Foreign Policy Establishment”
  • Kelly Rader, faculty fellow in the Department of Government, “The (In)consistency of Law in the U.S. Courts of Appeals”
  • Kathryn Bonnen, graduate fellow in the Institute for Neuroscience, “Novel techniques for studying visual development”
  • Mark Hand, graduate fellow in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, “What can we learn about the Texas Legislature by studying it like we study companies?”

President Fenves will be joined at the symposium by Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost, Marvin Hackert, and interim dean of graduate studies, and Del Watson, Harrington program coordinator and director of faculty affairs at UT Austin.

People interested in attending the event may contact the Amarillo Area Foundation at 806-376-4521.