Award-winning author to speak to first-year students


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 18, 2011) – Award-winning author Linda Kenney Miller will present a lecture to first-year students on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Tuskegee University Chapel.


Students enrolled in UNIVERSITY 102 (the first-year student seminar course) are currently reading Kenney Miller’s book, Beacon on the Hill. The book highlights the early development of public health at Tuskegee Institute (now University), rendering a portrayal of effective motivational and career development skills through the life of Dr. John A. Kenney, Kenney Miller's grandfather. Kenney was the son of ex-slaves who became the personal physician to Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver at Tuskegee. He was founder of the Journal of the National Medical Association, the School of Nursing at Tuskegee and co-founder of the John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital, along with Washington. The former hospital, now John A. Kenney Hall, houses classrooms, Legacy Museum, University Archives, and the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.


During the spring semester of the UNIVERSITY 102 course, first-year students critically analyze, provide discussion through small reading groups, and conduct group exercises focused on the development of health care, bioethics, ethics in leadership, and career development relative to Tuskegee University and its impact on the world. After the Kenney Miller lecture, first-year students will formulate critical analytical papers based on bioethical and health care issues that will be orally presented to their peers in the classroom setting. Students will additionally relate the historical ramifications in Beacon on the Hill, to public health, bioethics, ethics in leadership, and to career development opportunities in today's 21st century environment.

Beacon on the Hill was awarded the Best Books Award in Historical Fiction from USA Book News in 2008 and 2009. The book also garnered an Indie Excellence Award and Benjamin Franklin Award. Kenney Miller was a Georgia Author of the Year finalist.

The lecture is free and open to the general public.


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