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Grants to fund research, presentations

Dr. Forrest Clingerman, associate professor of philosophy and religion, is program director on a $1,500 grant to Ohio Northern University from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology that will bring together three scholars working on projects in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) for a three-day peer consultation and a writers’ retreat. This allows the scholars, Drs. Clingerman of ONU, Jennifer Ayres of Emory University, and Kevin O’Brien of Pacific Lutheran University, to continue discussion and work initiated at a previous Wabash Writing the Scholarship of Teaching in Theology and Religion workshop.

Each of the scholars will receive a travel stipend to attend the program to be held in Montreat, N.C. The expected result is that three essays will be disseminated through publication in appropriate journals.

The Wabash Center, located in Crawfordsville, Ind., provides funds for activities that enhance teaching and learning in the field of religion and theology.


Ohio Northern University is the recipient of a $2,000 grant to support the program entitled “Kossuth’s Message,” a series of at least five presentations commemorating the 160th anniversary of Lajos (Louis) Kossuth’s tour of the United States in 1851-1852.  

Kossuth, the governor of revolutionary Hungary, visited the U.S. seeking support for Hungarian independence.  His tour had an important juncture in Ohio where Kossuth made a number of stops in cities.  “Kossuth’s Message” summarizes as well as re-enacts Kossuth encounters with pre-Civil War Americans.  

The project planner and coordinator is Emeritus Professor of Political Science Dr. Andrew Ludanyi.  Dr. Ellen Wilson, associate professor of history and Dr. Michael Loughlin, professor of history, are narrators with Wilson serving as the project director.  

The program will be presented at 7 p.m., Oct. 10, in ONU’s James F. Dicke Forum.  The program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.