Textile artist, homeless advocate and Ph.D. Bethany Bear Hebbard to deliver first University of Mobile Honors Lecture Oct. 19

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MOBILE, Ala. – Bethany Bear Hebbard, a textile artist and advocate for the poor and homeless, will deliver the first University of Mobile Honors Lecture on Oct. 19.

The self-described “radical homemaker and renegade Ph.D.” will speak at 5 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium on the UM campus, 5735 College Pkwy. The public is invited to the free lecture.

Her topic is “Building Wise Homes in a Homeless World: Hospitality, Justice and Joy.”

Hebbard will focus on her work at Community First! Village, a master-planned community for the chronically homeless in Austin, Texas. She will discuss building community, exploring crafts, and living the examined life both inside and outside academia.

Hebbard also directs the Community Corps, a missional training program for pilgrims feeling a call to spiritual formation, life in community, and service alongside the poor.

Previously, she was assistant professor of English and director of the Honors Program at UM.

For information about the Honors Lecture or the UM Honors Program, contact Dr. Stephen Schuler, associate professor of English, at 251.442.2426 or sschuler@umobile.edu.


About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

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Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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