BOONE, N.C. — Emma Whitlock, junior global studies major from Greensboro, is one of 32 undergraduates from across the United States selected for the 2023-24 National Humanities Leadership Council (NHLC). Whitlock is the first Appalachian State University student to serve on the NHLC.
The NHLC was established by the National Humanities Center to help prepare a select group of students with humanities-based leadership skills. Drawn exclusively from nominations advanced by NHC-sponsoring institutions, students accepted to the Council participate in a series of interactive experiences with notable humanities scholars and other leaders, exploring the value of humanistic perspectives in addressing contemporary challenges. Council members may also focus on specific projects and engagement with the communities at their institutions.
A professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies described Whitlock as "a superior student: hard-working, driven, responsible, and passionately concerned about justice. Emma contributes regularly to the class and other students listen to her. She demonstrates true leadership, integrity, and poise. Emma loves to learn, undertaking her work with seriousness and follow-through, and demonstrates independent-mindedness, excelling at everything she undertakes."
Congratulations, Emma! To read the full news release published by the National Humanities Center, visit nationalhumanitiescenter.org/national-humanities-center-names-students-for-2023-24-leadership-council.
About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://interdisciplinary.appstate.edu.
About the National Humanities Center
The National Humanities Center is the world’s only independent institute dedicated exclusively to advanced study in all areas of the humanities. Through its residential fellowship program, the Center provides scholars with the resources necessary to generate new knowledge and to further understanding of all forms of cultural expression, social interaction, and human thought. Through its education programs, the Center strengthens teaching on the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Through public engagement intimately linked to its scholarly and educational programs, the Center promotes understanding of the humanities and advocates for their foundational role in a democratic society.
By Lauren Andersen
December 7, 2023