A Real Wye Fellow


Todd Brenningmeyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Maryville University, (right) will spend a week in late July at a workshop sponsored by the Aspen Institute. Despite what the organization’s name implies, however, skiing will not be among the topics discussed.

Brenningmeyer will participate in the Institute’s Wye Faculty Seminar, to be held July 23-27 in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Wye, Md. The seminar, co-sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, annually attracts college and university faculty from a wide variety of academic disciplines. The 2007 seminar topic is “Citizenship in the American Polity,”

Brenningmeyer was nominated to be a Wye Fellow by Dan Sparling, Ph.D., dean of Maryville’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Dr. Brenningmeyer’s broad artistic, cultural and historical interests make him an ideal candidate for the Wye Fellowship,” Sparling said. “I am certain his experiences will enrich both his scholarship and teaching in the field of art history.” Brenningmeyer has attended numerous academic conferences but most have been related to art or art history. He looks forward to interacting with faculty from other disciplines.

“There are several works of literature that will provide a context for discussion,” Brenningmeyer said. “Based upon the description, I think it will be a great experience.” He remarked a fellow Arts and Sciences faculty member, Germaine Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was a Wye Fellow a few years ago and enjoyed her time at the seminar.

The Wye Faculty Seminar began as a pilot program in August 1983 among five East Coast colleges and, since that time, has expanded to include college and university faculty from across the United States. The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C.