The James T. Bradley Human Odyssey Award
Since its inception in 1977, the Human Odyssey program (formerly Ascent of Man)
has provided interdisciplinary perspectives to undergraduate students numbering
in the thousands, as well as for more than 100 Auburn faculty members in the humanities,
social sciences, sciences, engineering, and so forth. Under the able direction of
James T. Bradley from 1994-2007, the Human Odyssey program functioned as Auburn
University’s premier interdisciplinary program.
Established on the occasion of Professor Bradley’s retirement in 2010, the James
T. Bradley Human Odyssey Award accomplishes a number of goals: First,
it gives due recognition to a unique individual whose energy and expertise in interdisciplinary
studies for over two decades has influenced dozens of his faculty colleagues and
hundreds of students across the university community. Second, the award acknowledges
and honors an outstanding student who best meets the educational goals of the Human
Odyssey. Finally, the award affirms the value and worth of cross-disciplinary collaborations
in the advancement of scholarly knowledge at Auburn University. No comparable undergraduate
program in the nation has survived and thrived for 33 years as has this program.