Visiting Scholars Program
The John N. and Connie Taylor Endowment for Visiting Scholars strengthens Sinclair’s commitment to provide a comprehensive education that addresses the intellectual, aesthetic, and social needs of students.

 
The goal of the program is to bring outside expertise to Sinclair classrooms, thereby exposing students, faculty, staff, and the community to new learning perspectives, different political philosophies, and emerging knowledge in specific fields of study. Any Sinclair employee is eligible to apply, and students may make suggestions to the Visiting Scholars Committee.


All proposals must be submitted on the "Application for Funding of Visiting Scholars" and emailed to deann.hurtado@sinclair.edu. The application form may be found on the College Forms page of the Sinclair Intranet listed under Sinclair Foundation Forms. 
 

The Committee was thrilled with the quality and quantity of the proposals this year and has encouraged all faculty and staff to consider applying for Visiting Scholars funding.  Questions can be directed to the Visiting Scholars Committee Chairperson DeAnn Hurtado at 512-2615 or through email: deann.hurtado@sinclair.edu.

 Our latest Visiting Scholar, in partnership with the Dayton Art Institute:

Ruby Bridges: Her Story

 
Civil Rights icon Ruby Bridges shared her remarkable story about integrating an all-white New Orleans school in 1960 that inspired both the nation and Norman Rockwell. On November 14, 1960, a six-year-old girl named Ruby Bridges made history. Flanked by armed federal marshals, she braved angry mobs of people and did the unthinkable in New Orleans at the time … she was the first African-American child to integrate one of the area’s all-white schools. Three years later, Norman Rockwell painted her story for Look in a work that would become an iconic piece of American art.

Rockwell’s depiction of Bridges’ brave walk to school, titled The Problem We All Live With, was his first assignment for Look magazine in 1963, after ending his 47-year working relationship with the Saturday Evening Post. The painting, along with another, Murder in Mississippi, was the start of a new era for Norman Rockwell, where he chose to depict socially conscious – and sometimes controversial – issues of his time. The letters to the editor in response to his artwork in Look magazine were a mix of opinions. Some complimented the work and expressed hope for the future, while others called Rockwell’s work “vicious, lying propaganda.” Still, Rockwell felt that the young girl’s story needed to be told. More than 50 years later, her story is just as powerful.

“We as adults have to create the environment that brings us all together,” said Bridges, who believes that children, in particular, have the ability to shape the future. “Children can do something that we adults haven’t been able to get past yet. They can change the world.”

A book signing with Bridges will follow the event. For more information about Ruby Bridges, visit her foundation's website at www.rubybridges.com.


(text borrowed from the DAI website)

Instructors: click the link at left for some suggestions about using this event for classroom discussions or essays.

Some student comments on the event:

  • I understand now, that there was far more involved in the integration process than has been inducted in to the history books i was taught from....thank you Ruby!
  • It greatly impacted me, I have seen the movie about her life and was inspired by her parents, her teacher and Ruby. I have grown up in the South and never liked racism and it is something that I feel passionate about as an individual that racism is wrong.
  • I think Norman Rockwell completely understood her mind as he shown in that image, representing her innocence. During those Civil Rights activities, many people were hurt, and racial prejudice was rampant: she was depicted as a girl wearing a white dress, happy to go to the new school without wonder or even a care. She followed her parents’ decision to send her to the all white school. However, that day she thought the protests actions on the street were actually parades for her when she was on the way to her new school while escorted by the four Federal Marshals. It didn’t matter how the other people thought about her skin, she accepted her opportunity for the new change bravely.