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For Immediate Release

February 6, 2006

Whitworth Theology Professor Receives 2006 Graves Award in the Humanities

Whitworth Assistant Professor of Theology Keith Beebe has been selected as a recipient of a 2006 Graves Award in the Humanities. The award is given biennially to eight to 10 faculty members from private, liberal arts colleges in California, Washington and Oregon who exhibit exemplary skill and enthusiasm as teachers and whose research projects will enhance their classes. The award is administered under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies by Pomona College on behalf of benefactors Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves.

Beebe is the fourth Whitworth faculty member to receive a Graves Award. He joins Associate Professor of English Laurie Lamon, 2002; Professor of Politics and History Corliss Slack, 1993; and former English professor and interim president Phil Eaton, 1976.

The $9,600 Graves Award will allow Beebe to spend summer 2006 in Scotland, where he will continue intensive research and writing to complete two projects. For the first project, Beebe will prepare the McCullough Manuscripts for publication.

The McCullough Manuscripts are considered by historians to be Scotland's first oral-history project, according to Beebe. Compiled by the Reverend William McCullough, the 1,300-page, two-volume text is a collection of first-person conversion narratives given in 1741-42 by 108 subjects of the Scottish "Great Awakening." The narratives provide a unique perspective from which to understand the spirituality of laity and clergy in 18th-century Scotland.

"I am grateful to Whitworth College and the Graves Award committee for this special recognition of my scholarship and teaching efforts," Beebe says. "I am especially glad for this opportunity to continue research on such a fascinating document like the McCulloch Manuscripts. The eventual publication of these unique manuscripts could make a significant contribution to the broader field of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences."

In addition to preparing the McCullough Manuscripts for publication, Beebe will conduct archival research for a book, The McCulloch Manuscripts (1742): Windows of the Scottish Soul, which will address issues that arise from the primary manuscripts.

Beebe has involved Whitworth students in the McCullough Manuscripts project by forming a research seminar in which students shared in aspects of the transcription process and analyzed the content and context of the manuscripts. In other classes, Beebe is integrating research material, including photographs and artifacts, into his assignments, course lectures and classroom discussions.

Beebe holds a doctorate degree from King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching theology courses at Whitworth, he is chair of the college's Core 150 course: Christian Worldview Perspectives in Western Civilization. Beebe has co-led Whitworth study-abroad programs including The Church in Britain and Ireland, in the British Isles; the Holy Land Study Program, in Israel, Jordan and Egypt; and the German Reformation Study Program, in Germany and Switzerland.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Keith Beebe, assistant professor of theology, chair of Core 150, Whitworth College (509) 777-3255 or kbeebe@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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