Donald D. Harrington Fellows to Present April 3 Symposium at Amarillo Country Club

March 28, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program of The University of Texas at Austin will sponsor its annual luncheon and research symposium at noon on April 3 at the Amarillo Country Club.

The event will feature top scholars discussing such areas of research as the intersections among Jewish, Greek, Roman and Christian traditions and why employees sometimes act in ways that destroy economic value.

This marks the tenth year the Harrington Fellows Program has hosted similar symposiums in Amarillo and Canyon, Texas.

The Harrington Fellows Program will be joined in hosting the event by the members of the Amarillo Area Foundation Local Partners in Higher Education: the Amarillo Area Foundation/Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, Amarillo College, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and West Texas A&M University.

“The tradition of hosting distinguished scholars from elsewhere is one of the oldest in higher education and serves a fundamental need. Sybil Harrington knew this and gave us a gift of immeasurable value when she endowed these fellowships in her late husband’s honor. Traveling to Amarillo to meet friends of UT and hear more from these scholars is something I look forward to every year,” says University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers, who will be attending the event with Executive Vice President and Provost Steven W. Leslie, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies ad interim Judith Langlois, and Harrington Program Coordinator Julie Ewald.

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

This year’s speakers:

  • Dr. Ra'anan Boustan of the Department of Religious Studies will present a talk titled “Blood at the Boundaries of Jewish and Christian Identities in Late Antiquity.”
  • Dr. Lamar Pierce of the Department of Business, Government & Society will talk about “Culture, Organization and Behavioral Ethics.”
  • Amanda Lanza, a graduate student fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering, will discuss “Cellular Engineering as a Platform for Better Products.”
  • Katherine Lininger, a graduate student fellow in the Department of Geography and the Environment, will present a talk titled "Environmental Change Caused by Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazon: The Madre de Dios Watershed."

The Amarillo Area Foundation, a community foundation, serves the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through philanthropic leadership. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Texas Panhandle through effective philanthropic efforts.

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

For more information, contact: Charlotte Rhodes, The Amarillo Area Foundation and The Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, 806-376-4521, or Julie Ewald, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-471-2307