The Center for Liberal Arts and Society sponsors lectures, programs, seminars, and symposia that explore the connections between our studies in the liberal arts and sciences and the complex contemporary questions we face as citizens in a democracy.
CLAS is happy to help augment resources available to departments, programs, and campus clubs for lectures, seminars and symposia. However, because funds are limited, please try to be as frugal as possible in your requests.
A brief description of the endowed funds that CLAS oversees follows:
The North Foundation was established in 1937 to be used for paying the expenses of lectures on law or allied subjects. Hugh M. North, Sr. and Hugh M. North, Jr. were both lawyers and leading citizens of Columbia, Pennsyvania.
The Edwin D. Eshleman Endowed Lectureship Fund was created in 1982 by resources provided by the Ware Foundation and the H. J. Heinz II Charitable and Family Trust. Funds may be used to sponsor lectureships in Government [to include public affairs and public policy].
The Francis E. Price-Harnish and Martin Mylin Harnish Endowment Fund was established in 1986 as a living memorial to their pets to be used in ways to directly benefit the college's educational program.
The Miller Humanities Fund is to be used to provide lectures by leading figures in the humanities.
The Seachrist Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies was established in 1999 by the late William E. Seachrist '52 and his wife, Marjorie. Its goal is to provide students and faculty with opportunities to study entrepreneurship and to meet and to work with enrpreneurs through its programs. Its emphasis is on public and social entrepreneurship and the encouragement of entrepreneurial approaches to solving pressing civic problems.
Please submit requests for funding at least one semester in advance of the planned event. Qualifying applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis.