The Fannie Lou Hamer Ready for Change Dialogue Series
This speaker series is named after Fannie Lou Hamer, a field
secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a group
founded in 1960 by a group of young African Americans who used
various forms of civil disobedience to end racial segregation and
oppression in the Deep South. Hamer was a founding member of the
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, formed in April 1964, which
challenged the all-white Mississippi delegation to the Democratic
National Convention. Her most celebrated quote from her testimony
is, "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," in reference to
being left our of the traditional political process.
Faculty and staff from all colleges are encouraged to submit
proposals to facilitate bringing speakers, workshops, or other
events to campus with the objective to promote
intellectual and interdisciplinary discussions of diversity
(gender, race, sexual orientation, class, (dis)ability, etc.) in a
manner that furthers progressive enhancement of the Core
curriculum. Programs proposed can include (but are not limited to)
public presentations to students, faculty and the surrounding
community; brown bag (informal) discussions; workshops and extended
Purpose of grants: To provide partial funding
to faculty or staff, or groups led by faculty or staff, from
anywhere on Butler's campus, to bring speakers/workshop providers
to campus to address issues of diversity. Programs proposed can
include (but are not limited to) public presentations to students,
faculty and the surrounding community, brown bag (informal)
discussions, workshops and extended academics-in-residence
Amount of grants: The maximum award from the
FLH funds is $1000, but it is also contingent upon availability of
Matching funds: To encourage interdisciplinary,
pan-university involvement, matching funds are strongly encouraged,
irrespective of the amount of money requested. These matching funds
must be detailed in the grant application.
Application guidelines: Proposals for
funds are due no later than December 1 for the following spring's
programming, and May 1 for events scheduled the following fall.
Applications consist of a narrative, budget, and any
1. Brief narrative that addresses the following points:
- Brief description of the event being proposed (type of event,
the date and location of event) with a rationale for how the event
will meet the goal of increasing intellectual and interdisciplinary
discussion of diversity on campus.
- Brief description of the qualifications of the proposed
- Identification of potential sources of additional
- Identification of audience(s) for the program (departments,
programs, classes, community groups, student groups).
2. Budget: (travel, honorarium, accommodations, publicity - with
sources justifying estimates).
3. Appendices (optional): May include information documenting
the abilities of the speaker (c.v., resume, publications etc.) and
additional information about the individual or group making the
application (mission statement, course syllabus etc.).
Please send your completed application electronically to
Rebecca DeGrazia (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please contact Elise Edwards (email@example.com) with any