VILLANOVA, PA – Marylu Hill, PhD, director of the Augustine and Culture Program and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected to receive the Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Scholar-in-Residence Award. The award, given by ACTC and the Oxford University Study Abroad Program (OSAP), allows scholars of core texts and liberal arts to travel and study abroad at Oxford University for eight to ten weeks during the summer of 2014.
The ACTC is a professional liberal arts association that supports the maintenance and development of core texts and world classic courses/curricula in undergraduate institutions. Through its partnership with ACTC, OSAP allows individual faculty members to apply to undertake a scholarly residence at Oxford. The ACTC-OSAP Scholar-in-Residence award promotes the integrative study of world classics and other texts of major cultural significance as well as positively impacting the development of liberal arts education in institutions across North America and around the world.
Dr. Hill was recognized for demonstrating her interest in achieving a renewed, articulated value of a liberal education for academic and wider communities in the 21st century, informed by works central to the development and understanding of the arts and sciences. Her project proposal for the award involved writing a book about Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde and how his Oxford education in the classics of Plato and Socrates had a profound effect on his many notable works.
“This award is a distinct honor for Dr. Hill to develop new work on the value of a liberal education and a wonderful opportunity for her to educate other scholars about Villanova’s liberal arts curriculum,” said Jean Ann Linney, PhD, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.