March 24, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
Dr. Dan Klingensmith, associate professor of history at Maryville College, has received a Mellon grant through the Appalachian College Association’s Mellon Faculty Fellowship program.
The ACA-Mellon grant will cover travel expenses for Klingensmith to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, in November.
The mission of the Salzburg Global Seminar is “to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern.” The organization hosts a series of seminars that address a wide variety of topics, Klingensmith said.
The November seminar is about welfare and citizenship in Asia.
“The idea is that a kind of welfare state is emerging in countries like China and India that are growing rapidly economically,” Klingensmith said. “Ironically, this comes at the same time that the welfare state seems to be in retreat in Europe and the United States. So one question is, what lessons or implications might Asian countries draw from the experience of Europe, Canada and the United States?”
Klingensmith said he is interested in the topic because he teaches both Asian and European history at Maryville College.
“I applied for this grant because I think this seminar will directly help me to teach my courses in European history this fall, Asian history in the spring and core classes like World Cultures 370—Islamic World,” Klingensmith said. “I’m flattered they chose me.”
Several Maryville College faculty have received Mellon grants for Salzburg. Klingensmith said this is the first ACA-Mellon Salzburg grant he has received, although he received a different Mellon grant when he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago.
“Receiving one of these highly competitive Mellon grants to study in Salzburg is testimony to what Dr. Klingensmith has already done and the potential of his contributions in the future,” said Dr. Jeff Fager, vice president and dean of the College.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.