Special Spring Awards Issue
University of California, Santa Cruz
UCSC, a Spring of Inspiration My story, like the story of most performers, is colored by good fortune, chance encounters, and the usual obstacles in a musician’s life. Being a theatre-loving kid who also really enjoyed the outdoors felt natural to me. In school I sang in choirs, played the alto and tenor saxophone in a variety of bands, and participated in musical competitions. At the same time, I also enjoyed canoe trips and back-packing adventures, which ultimately led to an interest in the field of environmental studies. My dream job as a child was to be a singing park ranger. During my junior year of high school a friend brought me to the UCSC campus and I fell in love instantly. When I realized it had the fourth most prestigious Environmental Studies undergraduate program in the nation, I decided to pursue a degree in the sciences. While a student here, I also performed with UCSC’s International Playhouse as a way to fuel my desire to be on stage. Wonderful professors, summer internships, and field study programs provided me with an excellent education and I went on to work in the environmental field after graduating. Ultimately, though, my passion for music would win out. Sitting by the fire in Colorado (where I was working for an environmental NGO) while listening to the famous Agnes Baltsa sing her notable aria “Cruda sorte,” I decided to tempt my own “cruel fate” and take a chance at making a life for myself as an opera singer. This led me to the heart of the classical music world… Vienna, Austria! I’d studied in France as part of UCSC’s EAP program and was ready to go back to Europe for more of the beauty and stimulation I had found there as a student. In Austria, I worked with and attended master classes with renowned singers, professors, conductors, and stage directors such as Thomas Hampson, Margreet Honig, KS Hilde Zadek, Plácido Domingo, Sir Thomas Allen, René Clemencic, Philipp Stoelzl, and Davide Livermore. I experienced different living situations there as well, including the dormitory of a convent in Graz and an apartment down the street from the US Embassy residences in Vienna, both of which were new experiences for a girl from northern California.
Solmaaz Adeli This photo was taken from my debut performance - 52 hair pins later, at the Vienna Chamber Opera in the role of “Flora,” the goddess of flowers and spring! Singing the aria “Quando nasce in ciel aurora,” full of all the vocal ornamentation a proper Baroque piece requires, while trying to drop these very heavy flowers with sharp metal tips into a raked stage floor at a perfect 90 degree angle… for 24 performances… was a challenge I won’t forget. There was the occasional mishap and indeed, when things don’t go as planned, one has to remember, “the show must go on.” After my success as an occasionally clumsy flower goddess, a dear friend, the former Vice Ambassador at the US Embassy in Vienna, opened a lot of doors for me. I even performed the national anthem live on Austrian TV for the 10-year Commemoration of 9/11. In many ways, Vienna remains an inspirational home away from home for me, as it does for many other classical musicians who maintain lives in other places.
Copyright Courtesy of Christian Husar
For the moment, the journey brings me home to California to pursue musical possibilities here, where I had the good fortune of working in the office of the Dean of Humanities. When I went to the shelves to find great reads, I stumbled upon books like “Opera in America” by our very own John Dizikes and realized it’s not surprising that my love of theater and the arts was nurtured here at UCSC.
Letter from the Dean
Dear Colleagues, As usual, spring is the busy season, packed with conferences, talks, and celebrations. Please join us on the afternoon of Thursday, May 29 at 4:00 p.m. for the annual Humanities Spring Awards celebration, including the presentation of the Dizikes Faculty Teaching award to Prof. Wlad Godzich. The Division achieves a milestone in its strategic plan this year with the official transition of the Language Program into the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL). The department has a research program in second language acquisition and is developing a new major in applied linguistics and multilingualism. This year was another successful year in the recruitment of new faculty. Languages and Applied Linguistics has appointed Mark Amengual in Spanish applied linguistics. The Literature faculty has appointed two new faculty in Mediterranean Studies: Martin Devecka and Camilo GomezRivas. The Writing Program will welcome two new senate faculty: Tonya Ritola and Kim Helmer. Philosophy will welcome three new faculty: Janette Dinishak, Samantha Matherne, and Nico Orlandi. Appointments from the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) search are still in process. Look for individual profiles in the Fall newsletter. Adding to the excitement of the spring this year has been the search for my successor as dean of Humanities. This marks my fourth year as dean and one of my priorities has been to arrange a smooth transition to the next â€œpermanentâ€? dean sometime next year. Exactly when the transition occurs will depend upon the candidate selected. But I very much look forward to a transitional sabbatical after 17 continuous years in campus administrative appointments. Profiles of the candidates in the dean search are available on the web at: http://cpevc.ucsc.edu/organization/leadership-searches/dean-humanities/index.html Wishing you a great end of the year and a happy and productive summer.
Letter from the Assistant Dean
They built it. We came. The Great Migration of 2006 changed the center of gravity for the Humanities division. Over the past eight years we have managed to successfully inhabit both Humanities buildings, and to renovate/consolidate our space in Cowell and Stevenson. To those still around who survived the metamorphosis, I would like to thank you for hanging in there. Our commissioning is nearly complete, and almost all of our instructional and research units have filled positions and space outfitted to their needs. The last instructional unit to find a home is Interdisciplinary Studies (Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies) in rooms 415 and 416. Once they are settled, the Great Migration will be officially over. We are closer together, in more ways than you can imagine. The 60,000 asf that we now share contains a 300 seat lecture hall, conference rooms, seminar rooms, and laboratories for research, graduate students and instructional development. And we have a plaza. We are wired, and wireless, inside and out, and your new VoIP telephone handset is proof we are cutting edge. The recent reprieve from budget cuts has allowed us to stabilize staffing resources and undertake recruitments to fill vacancies (30% faculty turnover last six years, 25% staff turnover last two years). Our recent faculty poll (thanks Lisa!) has allowed us to more fully define and provide administrative support for faculty services and financial services, and to complete our administrative support network, following several years of review for effectiveness. We are almost fully charged and one lean, mean academic machine. Now it is your turn. Letâ€™s take it for a spin.
2014 Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award Recipient The Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award celebrates the Humanities faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching and its transformative impact for undergraduate students. The award is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of American Studies John Dizikes, a member of the founding faculty whose powerful ability to inspire and engage generations of students exemplifies our aspirations as teachers.
Wlad Godzich, Literature I have always been confused by requests to describe my “philosophy of teaching,” because I do not know what the term means. I certainly do not have a doctrine of teaching or anything resembling a set of propositions that could be clearly enunciated and then debated with my peers. Unable to provide a “philosophy” of teaching, I resort to describing how I understand my task as a teacher and how I try to fulfill it. The verb “to teach” belongs to the small group of verbs that admit two direct objects: “I teach students literary theory.” There is some controversy among linguists on the status or the very existence of such verbs, with most arguing that one of the terms, usually the first one, is really an indirect object as demonstrated by the fact that one could insert “to” in front of it. While it is true that one can say “I teach literary theory to students,” one cannot say “*I teach to students literary theory.” There is also an argument I find more compelling: in German and in Old English “students” would be in the accusative and not in the dative. I take the ditransitive nature of the verb “to teach” to mean that it expresses a double obligation: one to the students and the other to the object of the teaching. Since obligation is involved, teaching is a matter of ethics, that is a relation to someone else. When I examine teaching in this light, I see that it involves a larger set of obligations: 1. To the students who are in my class; 2. To the subject matter I am supposed to treat; 3. To the institution that has charged me with this task; 4. To the generations of scholars who have contributed to the development and elaboration of the subject matter; 4. To the future so that it may have a solid basis with respect to this subject matter. 5. To my colleagues so that they can make assumptions about what the students who have taken this class know; 6. To the society that surrounds me and supports, however indirectly, the institution where I work. The awareness of these multiple obligations results in my having to adopt an attitude, ethical to be sure, but not dependent on a set of propositions but oriented toward a performance. As an ethical transaction, teaching is performative, which means that I have to be as aware of the students as I am of the subject matter I am dealing with. The latter can be prepared beforehand, but the engagement with the students occurs in Real Time as we say these days, and it must be carried out in such a way that each and every one of the students feels addressed. It is for this reason that I find the idea of online teaching so challenging: Even though I know full well that the students in the online courses are real human beings, I cannot address them in their singular; inevitably, they become somewhat abstract, and I know from experience that students who feel being abstracted start feeling alienated, not just from their teacher but from the subject matter as well. In sum, teaching for me is an act, somewhat acrobatic and therefore risky, and always new, and therefore never routine or boring.
2014 Wlad Godzich Student Scholarship Recipient Since 2002, the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award has celebrated the work of outstanding teachers and their students. The award honors the work of faculty and supports students who aspire to learning and critical thinking. Faculty recipients of the award receive a grant and designate a student from a Humanities program to receive a scholarship that recognizes academic accomplishment.
Carrie Xiao, Literature
My intellectual itinerary at UCSC began quite conventionally: I was strongly urged, and not a little conditioned by my parents, to declare a major in biochemistry, a gateway to desirable, prestigious and wellremunerated professions in medicine and science. The conditioning included such things as daily bedtime stories of the lives of famous scientists, along with trips to the local zoo and what seemed an inevitable recounting and recapitulation of Darwin’s discoveries. My sex may have been a handicap for the pursuit of such careers, I was often reminded, but I had the proper genes for the task since so many of the world’s important scientists had been Chinese. My trajectory was limpidly clear, but it was derailed by a very simple thing that UCSC insisted upon: general education requirements. I realized I had been more interested in the lives of the scientists than in their discoveries, and I found courses in history and literature far more stimulating than organic chemistry. Before I knew it I was taking classes on colonialism, the Holocaust, the history of the novel, and translation theory. I found myself particularly drawn to accounts of human inhumanity toward other human beings: child abuse, domestic violence, torture in all of its forms. At the same time I grew increasingly irritated with the way in which these matters were being treated. Different disciplines, from psychology to history, imposed their own particularized jurisdiction over these matters. Sophisticated distinctions were being drawn, taxonomies elaborated, and the matter was parceled out among intellectual silos that did not communicate with each other. The result was that the voice of the victims was no longer heard. Their experience became increasingly abstract as each disciplinary subset drew up its canonical exemplars. I resolved to make the voices of the victims heard and their singular and specific experiences be acknowledged. I started with the premise that all these forms of violence were part of one whole, the arc of violence and suffering, and that distinctions between domestic, private, public, state-sponsored etc. forms were ways of masking the horror and giving cover to the perpetrators. My senior thesis is an attempt to restore primacy to the arc of suffering—what I have been calling the “declensions of hurt.” I plan to pursue this work in graduate school, in interdisciplinary programs that will allow me to retain my focus.
Establishment of the Languages and Applied Linguistics Dept. In March 2014, the Humanities Division achieved a major milestone with the establishment of the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL), formerly the Language Program. Applied linguistics, in general terms, is the interdisciplinary study of language in real-life contexts. Applied linguists examine how individuals or groups of people learn and use first, second and additional languages to communicate with each other, and how best to teach these languages. With the approval of the Spanish Studies major last year, the Languages and Applied Linguistics Department is already the administrative home for one undergraduate degree program. A new program in applied linguistics and multilingualism is under development. The Languages and Applied Linguistics Department will be adding to the campusâ€™s research and teaching profile in the scholarly areas of second language acquisition, and in other areas of applied linguistics with the recent hires of Dr. Bryan Donaldson in French and Dr. Mark Amengual in Spanish. For more information about the Languages and Applied Linguistics Department, visit http://language.ucsc.edu.
Dr. Bryan Donaldson received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and specializes in French, with research concentrations in second language acquisition and historical linguistics (Old French and Old Occitan). His work examines the interplay of syntactic structure (word order) and discourse organization. Bryanâ€™s publications appear in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, Lingua, Language Learning, and the Journal of French Language Studies. He enjoys sharing these interests with students in his courses on French language and linguistics, and applied linguistics. Before coming to UCSC, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin. Bryan enjoys playing the violin, mountain biking, and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Mark Amengual received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A in Hispanic Linguistics from The Pennsylvania State University, and his B.A. in English Philology from the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Majorca (Spain). His research, funded by the National Science Foundation, has examined the speech production, comprehension, and processing abilities of bilingual individuals. His other research and teaching interests include language contact, experimental phonetics, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. Outside of the classroom Mark enjoys traveling, listening to live music, hiking, and playing tennis.
Behind Every Number is a Story Staff Profile: Lisa Oman Lisa Oman joined the Humanities Division as Finance Director in September 2012. She previously served as Director of Finance and Administration at California State University in Sacramento and is the founding director of a non-profit group called Composers and Schools in Concert, which connects professional composers with high school music programs and students. What’s Lisa’s balancing act, you may ask. She puts it simply: “I am not really a woman of many words. More action; fewer words.”
In terms of your daily professional responsibilities, what most drives and excites you about your position as Finance Director of the Humanities Division? What I enjoy most about my role is that it’s a “people” position. These numbers tell a story, and I spend a great deal of my time listening so that I can understand why the numbers behave like they do. In doing this, I gain insight into the priorities and challenges of each department and program. I enjoy taking complex situations and breaking them down into manageable pieces. In order for a complex place like UCSC to function efficiently, every piece of the workflow has to be understood to identify where the challenges lie. This is the fun part -- analyzing the business functions, taking apart the pieces and re-assembling them. I also thoroughly enjoy working with the grants and awards. I am inspired daily by the research initiatives that drive the faculty research and programs. I have a degree in History -- I studied Intellectual History of the 19th century. I developed a love for the Humanities early on in my life. It’s important to me to work in an environment that I can get behind -- the Humanities excite me. How have you become more engaged in influential academic pursuits at the broader campus level? I am currently involved in the Humanities Dean Search Committee. I am fairly new to campus. I’ve been here since September 2012, so this has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with faculty. The conversations that rise out of a committee like this have been very helpful for me to further understand faculty (and staff) needs, challenges and priorities in an environment where the stakes are high and people are impassioned. Dean Ladusaw is a wonderful and effective leader of the division, and I am interested in helping to continue that positive momentum. You seem to be a woman on the move. Aside from your position in the Humanities Division at UCSC, is there another organization or institution in which you play an integral role? Yes, I am a trained classical musician and life-long advocate of music and music education. My professional career has centered around the administration and management of nonprofit organizations. A natural step for me in 2011 was to launch a nonprofit named Composers and Schools in Concert. We provide high school students with handson experience in the professional field of music composition through composer commissions, workshops, and a contemporary score library for young performers. Once it launched and I knew it was “safe,” I went back to my career in higher education. I am currently president of the board and play an active role.
Kenneth Andrew Gram Memorial Scholarship Recipient: James Williams, Literature UCSC awards first annual Gram Memorial Scholarship to creative writing student By Scott Rappaport UCSC student James Williams, a former machinist who returned to school to be around “people who talk about books,” is now the first recipient of the Kenneth Andrew Gram Memorial Scholarship. The award--based on financial need for a student “showing a quest for knowledge and curiosity” who is accepted into the Creative Writing Program and recommended by a faculty member— will be presented annually by UCSC’s Literature Department. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Kenneth Andrew Gram, a gifted writer and graduate of UCSC’s Creative Writing Program, who passed away in 2010. His parents, John and Dawn Gram, established The Kenneth Andrew Gram Memorial Scholarship Endowment in 2013. The inaugural annual scholarship competition took place during the current academic year. The first award is $2,000. “The Gram Scholarship Endowment is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring creative writers in the literature major at UCSC,” noted professor of literature and department chair Carla Freccero. “The scholarship combines an attention to the financial needs of students with a deep appreciation for their desire to learn, their curiosity, and their aspirations. In spirit and letter, the scholarship beautifully captures the restless questing of Ken Gram’s lyricism.” “James Williams is the ideal recipient of this first awarding of the scholarship,” Freccero added. “Locally rooted and a parent with creative aspirations--both for himself and for younger generations--James has also shown a desire for knowledge, coupled with a determination to realize his aspirations in the Creative Writing Progam at UCSC and beyond.” Now a junior at UCSC, Williams is a transfer student from Cabrillo College, where he took literature and creative writing classes, and studied with poet and UCSC creative writing alumnus Jeff Tagami. “He is a curious, engaged student who hopes to minor in education and become a high school or community college teacher, ideally in Oakland,” noted literature professor Rob Wilson, who presented Williams with the scholarship award. Williams is currently working on a series of lyrical stories based on his childhood in Oakland.
Dean’s Advisory Council: Larry Moskowitz Dean Ladusaw formed a new advisory council in November 2012 to provide insight, advocacy, and support for the purpose, delivery and impact of a humanities-based, Liberal Arts education and degree from UC Santa Cruz. Council members serve a two-year term and convene at UCSC twice a year for meetings. They provide leadership as donors, advise the Dean on emerging issues and activities that may impact the Case for the Humanities’ strategic direction and opportunities, and are informed advocates on behalf of the Humanities Division. Currently, five members make up the Dean’s Advisory Council. In this newsletter, we profile the fourth member to join the Council: Larry Moskowitz, attorney at law, Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP.
Larry Moskowitz Education: University of California, Santa Cruz: B.A., History, 1997 University of California, Berkley: Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1997) Career: Family law practitioner in Sonoma County since 1984. Experience teaching community property and family law at the Empire College School of Law and a family law tax course at the Golden State University School of Tax. As a lecturer, Larry has participated in various programs produced by California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the California State Bar Family Law Section, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and Sonoma County Legal Aid. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the UC Santa Cruz foundation and a member of the Planning Committee for the Sonoma County Legal Aid Golf Classic, a golf tournament which has raised over $200,000 for Sonoma County Legal Aid in recent years.
How did you make the leap from History to Law? By my junior year at UCSC, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I thought that the legal profession would be a good fit for me because I was a good writer and I liked to argue. During the summer after my first three years at UCSC, I worked at a summer camp in Southern California. By my second year at law school, I knew I wanted to practice in an area of law that involved helping families and children. What aspects of your History degree helped prepare you for your career in Law? My interest in history was rooted in my fascination with human behavior and its causes. The study of history is, to a great extent, an investigation into human behavior and its causes. The law is a series of rules designed to regulate behavior, and I was and am interested in the relationship between those rules and what people actually do. You seem to be a man of many interests. When you’re not raising money for Legal Aid in Sonoma County playing golf, what other past-times in Sonoma do you enjoy? My real passion nowadays is playing piano for a honky tonk band called “Court ’n’ Disaster.” The band consists of one judge, three lawyers, a court clerk, a legal secretary -- hence the name -- plus two non-legal people (a banker who doubles as a fabulous drummer, and a spa owner with a beautiful singing voice). We play at various clubs, events, and other venues in Sonoma County, including last year’s Sonoma County Fair. Our first CD, “Guilty as Charged,” is currently being pressed (duplicated) and will be released in a few weeks.
Excellence In Humanities Research We congratulate Institute for Humanities Research Dissertation Fellows Heidi Morse (Literature and Feminist Studies) and Noel Smyth (History). Heidi and Noel presented their research last month at the UC Society of Fellows conference hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UC Santa Barbara. Their research dissertations follow. The Natchez Diaspora: A History of Indigenous Displacement and Survival in the Atlantic World Noel Smyth On January 24, 1731, near modern-day Natchez, Mississippi, the French colonists of Louisiana defeated the Natchez after a bloody two-year war. The French army captured some Natchez while others escaped. The French enslaved over two hundred Natchez and, fearing prolonged resistance, sent them to Saint Domingue (modern-day Haiti) for sale. Those who escaped enslavement fled northwest to live with the Chickasaws; in the 1740s the escapees moved again and settled among the Creeks and Cherokees. In the 1830s, the U.S. government again displaced most of the Natchez to “Indian Territory” (Oklahoma) during the decade of the “Trail of Tears.” Today, the Natchez exist as part of the Creek Nation of Oklahoma and are working towards Federal recognition. Some Natchez remained in the South after removal and live today in two distinct communities in South Carolina. My dissertation uncovers the history of the Natchez diaspora after 1731 and highlights the significance and interconnectedness of French, Spanish, English, and American colonialism to Native American history in the Atlantic World. Through the use of French and English written sources and Natchez oral history, the project enlarges the temporal scope of Natchez history and its significance to larger colonial processes, emphasizing the importance and impact of Natchez interactions with a number of different European and Native American powers in different geographical spaces over time. Minding “Our Cicero”: Nineteenth-Century African American Women’s Rhetoric and the Classical Tradition Heidi Morse My dissertation, Minding “Our Cicero”: Nineteenth-Century African American Women’s Rhetoric and the Classical Tradition, shows how African American women revised classical legacies into vehicles for promoting racial equality in the popular rhetorical contexts of education and public speaking. I was drawn to this topic through my love for poetry and my interest in how authors have historically positioned themselves vis-à-vis ancient Greek and Roman literary classics. After reading Phillis Wheatley’s poetic adaptations of Ovid in an independent study with Literature professor Karen Bassi, I became engrossed by the intersections between the classics and debates surrounding race and slavery in the early U.S. As I explain in further detail in a short video that was shown at the UC Society of Fellows conference, my dissertation characterizes nineteenth-century black classicism as a popular cultural phenomenon that surfaces not just in literature written by classically educated authors, but also in elementary reading lessons, in the press, and on the lecture platform. My research spotlights a history of African American self-teaching using schoolbooks that were embedded with pedagogical principles passed down from Cicero and Quintilian. I also examine the rhetorical strategies of the poet Henrietta Cordelia Ray, Latin teacher Anna Julia Cooper, and the iconic antislavery orator Sojourner Truth, who despite her illiteracy engaged first-hand with American classicism by revising the press’s casting of her as the exoticized “Libyan Sibyl.” In each case, these women’s innovative engagements with the classics represent the black female body as a powerful source for rhetorical persuasion. 12
UCSC Team Lands Prestigious Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award Trophy Of the 32 top scoring qualifying teams competing from across the United States at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Nationals tournament, the 2014 UCSC Ethics Bowl team was chosen to be awarded the prestigious Bob Ladenson Spirit of the Ethics Bowl trophy for exemplifying as a team the moral character and ethical engagement the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition means to instill in students. The award is named after Dr. Robert Ladenson, the founder of Ethics Bowl, who personally presented the award to our UCSC Ethics Bowl team and congratulated them on their achievement. Our students achieved the award by being voted unanimously by each of the individual members of all of the teams we competed with that day. 2014 Ethics Bowl Team Manuel Avalos Michael Barney Alexandre Dor Julian Flores Tom Freeland Douglas Harris Michael LeSueur Breeann MacDonald Vicky McDonald Arlene Parra Emily Vida Matthew Waldron James Weinstein
Coaches: Sandra Dreisbach James Sutter
This t-shirt was designed by fellow Ethics Bowl team members to help raise money for travel costs.
“Ethics Bowl has shaped the approach I take when interacting with other people. I’ve observed that each individual has unique experiences that have laid the foundation for their beliefs. Witnessing such a diversity of experiences has taught me that it is profoundly important to be charitable to others’ beliefs when disagreeing with them. I have learned to be sympathetic to other people’s perspectives by focusing on understanding their view instead of figuring out ways to manipulate the conversation in favor of my argument. The tools that I have developed through Ethics Bowl will continually support my intelligent search for truth and progress, which I think is important for everyone to pursue. For this reason, I am taking part in a project to expand the influence of Ethics Bowl by establishing a forum for ethical discussions that is accessible to a variety of students, faculty and community members.” — Breeann MacDonald
Humanities Don Rothman Writing Award Don Rothman founded the Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing, to honor the achievements of one or more first-year students in the genre of nonfiction, academic, analytic writing, and to recognize excellence in writing pedagogy. A team of Writing Program Faculty determine the winning submissions, including honorable mentions.
First Place: Alma Morales “Nina de Mexico, Student of America-Daughter of Nowhere” As an avid writer I always found my greatest struggles arose when the subject of my discourse was myself. The prospect of embarking on a long paper full of self-examination was a daunting task: to describe my experience straddling two cultures—as a Mexican, an American, and a woman. I knew that my response to Instructor Carter’s prompt would be as messy and complicated as its subject matter. Writing “Nina de Mexico, Student of America- Daughter of Nowhere” resurfaced many old memories, insecurities, and inner conflicts. But reading Anzaldua and Sartre helped me to structure and define my identity. Winning this award has been a great honor for me. Thank you, Instructor Steve Carter and the Rothman Endowment for valuing the skills of a small town writer who is proud of her work and now confident in her writing capabilities.
Second Place: Jeremiah Tsyporin “The Mega University” In high school I had the attitude that if I did well in mathematics and sciences, there would be no need to write well. I shudder when I imagine my old mindset. I remember receiving my first C, in English; and on a progress report I once received a D- in History because I failed the main writing assignment. Yet after coming to UCSC, I entered Maggie Amis’ class enthusiastic and confident about writing for the first time in my life. I began writing about issues that interested me, and I was able to develop my own unique writing voice and style. When I read about massive online education the fire was really ignited in me. For how can the humanities be taught without person-to-person discussion, and live feedback from a professor?
In Their Own Words: Statements from the Award Recipients Honorable Mention: Celia Fong “The Quran, Translation and Controversy” In my Writing 2 class, my eyes were opened to the power of language and the relationship between words and their meanings. Never before had I critically thought about the profound influence of language, semantics, and lexicography in everyday life, but thanks to my Writing 2 teacher—Veronica Flanagan—I was able to study several short essays that dealt with the idea of translation. I researched the topic of ArabicQuranic translation, as it is an issue that is disagreed upon by many people. I became enlightened as to the many viewpoints regarding this topic, and I was able to formulate my own opinion on translation and its importance. I learned that there are many kinds of translation; and the same one may seem to warp or clarify the original meaning of a given text to different readers.
Honorable Mention: Marisol Medina-Cadena “The Master of Disguise: Fast Food Chains and Their Influence” I am grateful to accept this Honorable Mention award from the Rothman Endowment. I want to thank Lecturer Robin Somers and her “Meaning of Food” Writing 2 course. She taught me writing principles, but also empowered me to believe in my ability as a critical thinker. Through assignments, discussions, and readings I became immersed in the politics of food. I blossomed in this class because I focused on my thoughts rather than the grade, imagining that my writing could convince an audience that food justice matters! I also remembered the inspiring words of Don Rothman during my first quarter at UCSC when he spoke about writing as a tool for change: “We write to avoid the humiliation of silence in the face of cruelty and injustice.” In my paper, “The Master of Disguise: Fast Food Chains and Their Influence On Youth” that is what I strove to do.
Honorable Mention: Maggie McFarland “Mixed Blood, Mixed Emotions: Interpreting a Biracial Experience in America” Good reading makes you question the world and more importantly yourself, how you are affected by opinions, truths, and behaviors. This is how I view my biracial essay. It’s good reading, for me: the culmination of all my thoughts, queries and worries revolving around my racial identity and me. With each reading, new questions and concerns are raised. I feel that this paper can never be finished, because it is the recording of a present understanding of racial identity. A growing internal archive, this paper embodies my ever-expanding conceptions of race, life, culture and me. An epic thank you to Instructor Sarah Amador, whose time, perspectives and guidance were invaluable in shaping my ideas into reality. Revising this paper many times, I now know that academic writing has the influence to create wonder and reflection. 15
Faculty Research Grants and Fellowships Gopal Balakrishnan History of Consciousness Co-PI, IHR Research Cluster in Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism; Co-PI, UCHRI Faculty Graduate Seminar Award: “The Origins of Civil Society” (ongoing)
Nathaniel Deutsch History Co-Principal Investigator, IGHERT, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)
Brenda Barceló Languages and Applied Linguistics Instructional Improvement Grant, Costa Rica “AIDS in Costa Rica”
J. M. Fazzino Writing Program Unit 18 Professional Development Grant Traveled to the American Literature Association conference in Boston to deliver a paper title “Antonin Artaud, Black Power, and the Worlding of Beat Generation Literature.”
Karen Bassi Literature 2013-14 NEH Grant: Summer Institute for College and University Teachers “The History of Mortality: Facing Death in Ancient Greece” Jonathan Beecher History 2014-15 Faculty Research Grant “Marie d’Agoult and the French revolution of 1848” Francesca Caparas Writing Program Year-long fellowship (awarded summer 2013) at the Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative Her work to focus on developing composition course curriculum on human rights violations in the tech industry. Amy Rose Deal Linguistics IHR Faculty Fellow (2013-14) “Types of Ergative Case” Jennifer Derr History IHR Faculty Fellow (2014-15) “A New Nile: the construction of the environment and the practice of the state in colonial Egypt”
Roxi Hamilton Writing Program 2013 Hitchcock Poetry Grant for publication of Viz. InterArts: Interventions John O. Jordan Literature 2013-14 NEH Grant: Seminars for School Teachers “Great Adaptations: Dickens in Literature and Film” 2013-14 NEH Grant: Seminars for College Teachers “Performing Dickens: The Theatrical Context of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage and Screen” Robin King Writing Program 2013 Unit 18 Professional Development Grant Presentation at March 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication “Shared and Diverse Experiences, Face-to-Face” Marc Matera History 2014-15 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities Decolonization and the Development of Race Relations
Faculty Research Grants and Fellowships G.S. Sahota Literature IHR Faculty Fellow (2013-14) “Late Colonial Sublime: Neo-Epics and the Romantic Imagination in India” Amy Weaver Writing Program 2013 Unit 18 Professional Development Grant Presentation at March 2013, Conference on College Composition and Communication “An Assessment Roundtable, Part 4 -- Inside the Composition Classroom.” 2013 Unit 18 Professional Development Grant Paper delivered at October 2012 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association for The Essay Revised
Faculty Awards and Honors David Anthony History 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSC Senate Committee on Teaching) Adrian Brasoveanu Linguistics Linguistic Society of America Early Career Award for 2014 Alan Christy History 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSC Senate Committee on Teaching) Nathaniel Deutsch History Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the Category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore from the Association for Jewish Studies The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement Dana Frank History Testified before the Tom Lantos Commission of the United States House of Representatives about human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras in July 2013. Testimony is available at http://tlhrc.house.gov/docs/ transcripts/2013_07_25_Honduras/Dana%20Frank%20 Testimony_Revised%20docx.pdf Jody Greene Literature 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching Award (UCSC Senate Committee on Teaching)
Norma Klahn Literature 2014 Chancellorâ€™s Achievement Award for Diversity Lindsay Knisely Writing Program 2013 UCSC Excellence in Teaching Award (Senate Committee on Teaching) Nathaniel Mackey Literature 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (Poetry Foundation) David Marriott History of Consciousness Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Sussex University, UK (W 2014) Ellen Newberry Writing Program 2013 EOP Hero (Educational Opportunity Programs) (award ceremony was in May 2013) The EOP Hero awards is given to staff, faculty, and allies that promote and live the social justice mission of building opportunities. Deanna Shemek Literature 2014-17 Gary D. Licker Memorial Chair of Cowell College Gary Young Literature 2014 George Bogin Memorial Award for poetry Poetry Society of America
Major Publications Neda Atanasoski Feminist Studies Humanitarian Violence: The U.S. Deployment of Diversity University Of Minnesota Press (December 1, 2013) Jonathan Beecher History “Courbet, Considerant et la Commune,” in Noël Barbe and Hervé Touboul (eds.), Courbet, peinture et politique (Besançon: Sékoya, 2013), 51- 63. “L’Utopie comme exploration du possible: les stratégies littéraires de Thomas More et de Charles Fourier,” in Christine Bard (ed.), Figures de l’utopie, hier et aujourd’hui, (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014). “Women’s Rights and Women’s Liberation in Charles Fourier’s Early Writings,” in Miguel A. Ramiro Avilés and J.C. Davis (eds.), Utopian Moments: Reading Utopian Texts (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 92-98 Adrian Brasoveanu Linguistics Coauthored with Anna Szabolcsi “Presuppositional Too, Postsuppositional Too”. In a volume in honor of Jeroen Groenendijk, Martin Stokhof, and Frank Veltman. Coauthored with Donka F. Farkas “A typology of specificity”. In Revue Roumaine de Linguistique, issue associated with the Workshop on the Syntax and Interpretation of Specificity (Bucharest University 2012), 1-27 Coauthored with Scott Anderbois and Robert Henderson “At-issue proposals and appositive impositions in discourse” Journal of Semantics, 1-46
Adrian Brasoveanu Linguistics Coauthored with Donka F. Farkas and Floris Roelofsen “N-words and sentential negation: Evidence from polarity particles and VP ellipsis” Semantics and Pragmatics, 6, 7:1-33. “Modified numerals as post-suppositions” Journal of Semantics, 30: 155-209. “The grammar of quantification and the fine structure of interpretation contexts” Synthese ,190: 3001–3051. Amy Rose Deal Linguistics “Possessor raising” Linguistic Inquiry, 44:3, 391-432. Jordi Aldro Font Literature Fray Luis de León y Cantar de los Cantares Clásicos Hispánicos, 2013-2014 Ignacio Arellano & Carlos Mata Induráin Fray Pedro Malón de Echaide: La Conversión de la Madelna IDEA -Instituto de Estudios Auriseculares, 2014 Dana Frank History “The Thugocracy Next Door” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/02/hondurasthe-thugocracy-ext-door-103883.html#.Uz881-v9oio POLITICO Magazine, February 2014
Major Publications Wlad Godzich Literature (Co-edited with Anita Starosta) “Second-Hand Europe” a special issue of the journal Boundary 2, including article “Sekend-Hend Europe, “ Vol.41 Number 1, Spring 2014 Lisbeth Haas History Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California University of California Press, November 2013 Junko Ito Linguistics “The cherry blossoms of McLean Boulevard at ICU – Thesarus Universitatis” Daigako Jiho (University Bulletin), Tokyo, Japan Junko Ito and Armin Mester Linguistics “Prosodic subcategories in Japanese” Lingua, 124: 20-40 Sharon Kinoshita Literature (Co-edited with Peregrine Horden) A Companion to Mediterranean History Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, March 2014 David Marriott History of Consciousness In Neuter (Cambridge: Equipage, 2013).
Grant McGuire Linguistics “Towards a more nuanced view of vocal attractiveness” Coauthored with Molly Babel and Joseph King PLoS ONE. 10.1371/journal.pone.0088616 “Novelty and social preference in phonetic accommodation” Coauthored with Molly Babel, Sophia Walters, and Alice Nicholls Journal of Laboratory Phonology, 5(1): 123-150 “Listener expectations and gender bias in nonsibilant fricative perception” Coauthored with Molly Babel Phonetica, 70:117-151 Marcia Ochoa Feminist Studies Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela Duke University Press, 2014 Micah Perks Literature Alone in the Woods: Cheryl Strayed, My Daughter, and Me Shebooks, January 2014 Deanna Shemek Literature (Co-edited with Arielle Saiber) Italian Sound California Italian Studies Journal, Vol. 4.1-2, 2013
Major Publications Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther Philosophy (co-authored with Jonathan Michael Kaplan) “Prisoners of Abstraction? The Theory and Measure of Genetic Variation, and the Very Concept of ‘Race.’” Biological Theory 7:401-412 (co-authored with Michael J Wade, Christopher Dimond) “Pluralism in Evolutionary Controversies: Styles and Averaging Strategies in Hierarchical Selection Theories” Biology and Philosophy 28: 957-979 Review of Stephen Stich Collected Papers. Vol 2. Knowledge, Rationality, and Morality (Oxford University Press) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (online) Karen Tei Yamashita Literature Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance Coffee House Press, February 2014 Eve Zyzik Languages and Applied Linguistics “Causative verbs in the grammar of heritage speakers” Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, / 4(1), 1-33.
Graduate Awards and Honors Clara Sherley-Appel Linguistics Summer Research Grant Institute for Humanities Research IHR Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2013) “Differential Object Marking in Turkish” Elyse Banks History 2014-2015 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship “Catholic Interracialism in 20th Century New Orleans: A Historical Survey with Implications for the Post-Katrina Moment” Adviser: Eric Porter Robert Cavooris History of Consciousness GSR for the IHR Cluster on Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism
Keegan Finberg Literature 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship UCSC Graduate Council “From the ‘Avant-garde’ to the ‘Experimental’: Reading Poetry After the 1960s” “Figuring an Ethical Reading Practice: Anne Carson’s ‘Whaching’.” Alliances/Transgressions/Betrayals: Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today. Spec. Issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies. Vol 3. No. 1-2 (2013). Kiran Garcha History IHR Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2013) “Black Panther Party families in California”
Christopher Chitty History of Consciousness IHR Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2013) “After Homosexuality: Cities, War and Capitalism”
Martin Garcia Literature 2013-14 Mini-grant Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC) “Cognitive Estrangement and the Ethics of Reading in Drug War Literature”
Danielle Crawford Literature 2013-2014 Outstanding Thesis Award (Master’s Thesis) San Jose State University “A Girlhood of Myth, Dreams, and Trauma: Redefining the Asian North American Female Bildungsroman”
Erin Gray History of Consciousness 2014-2015 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Laughing at Meat and Fury: U.S. Lynching Culture, Capital, and the Kinesthetic Racial State Adviser: Gina Dent
Jeramy DeCristo History of Consciousness 2013-14 Dissertation Year Fellowship “Divergent Frequencies: Black Musical Legacies and the Repertoires of Experimental Arabic Sound Practices”
Evan Grupsmith History IHR Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2013) “Red Tourism in the People’s Republic of China”
Graduate Awards and Honors Asad Haider History of Consciousness GSR for the IHR Cluster on Crisis in the Cultures of Capitalism “Crise et Enquete” in Revue Période Online publication: http://revueperiode.net/crise-etenquete/ Ariane Helou Literature 2014-15 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship “Figures of Voice in Early Modern Europe” IHR Summer Dissertation Fellow (Summer 2013) “Figures of Voice in Early Modern Europe” Patrick Madden History of Consciousness Dissertation Quarter Fellowship awarded from the Graduate Division Joanna Meadvin Literature IHR Summer Dissertation Fellow (Summer 2013) “Confluence of the new transitional focus in Jewish studies and the multilingual turn in U.S. literary studies” 2014 Graduate Research Symposium Award “Anhelos Que Aún No Se Han Realizado”: Jewish Writers and the Making of the Jewish Americas (1890-1970) (Poster)
Heidi Morse Literature 2013-14 Dissertation Fellowship Institute for Humanities Research “Minding ‘Our Cicero’: Nineteenth-Century AfricanAmerican Women’s Rhetoric and the Classical Tradition” 2014-15 Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan Book project, Teaching and Testifying: Black Women’s American Classicism Jessica Y. Neasbitt History of Consciousness 2014 Graduate Research Symposium Award Of Lasers and Labia: An Examination of the Major Players, Investments, and Stakes of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery in the U.S. (Oral) Ben Pietrenka History 2014-2015 Fulbright-IIE Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Marilynn Westerkamp, Faculty Adviser Andrea Quaid Literature (Co-edited with Juliana Leslie) Acts and Encounters eohippus labs, March 2014
Graduate Awards and Honors Johanna Rothe History of Consciousness Queer Theory Poster Exhibition (Poster exhibit from the students in HISC 80L, “Queer Theory,” Teaching Fellow: Johanna Rothe) Stevenson Café 2/26/14 to 3/19/14 Second showing: UCSC Cantú Queer Center (spring 2014) Bernadette Samko Linguistics Scholarship Integrated Graduate School (MKG), Collaborative Research Center, German Research Foundation Project: The Syntactic Expression of Information Structure and the Architecture of Grammar Lauren Shufran Literature Ottoline Prize Fence Books Inter Arma (Fence Books, 2013) New American Poet Poetry Society of America Inter Arma (Fence Books, 2013) Amanda Shuman History IHR Summer Dissertation Fellow (Summer 2013) “The Politics of Socialist Athletics in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1966”
Noel Edward Smyth History IHR Year-Long Dissertation Fellow (2013-14) “The Natchez Diaspora: A History of Indigenous Displacement and Survival in the Atlantic World” Jeremy Tai History 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Dissertation Year Fellowship “Opening Up the Northwest: Reimagining Xi’an and the Modern Chinese Frontier” Adviser: Gail Hershatter Cathy Thomas Literature “Give our Regards to the Canon-Smashers: Critical Race Theory for Comics in the Aftermath of Wertham” Genre, Vol 34: Journal of Literature and Arts (Cal State Long Beach), 2014 Tara Thomas Literature Anne and Jim Bay Fellowship in Victorian Studies Literature Department Katie Trostel Literature Horst Frenz Prize for the best graduate student presentation at the 2013 ACLA conference “The Eye that Cries: Macro and Micro Narratives of Memory in Peru Post-Shining Path”
Erica Smeltzer Literature IHR Summer Research Fellow (Summer 2013) “Urban Space and National Memory: the Narratives of Prague, Gdańsk and Berlin”
Graduate Awards and Honors Logan Walker History of Consciousness Head Programmer, 12th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival (November 2013) Contributing Author: Zielinski, Ger, Eric Pierson, Roger Pace, Lindiwe Dovey, Dorota Ostrowska, Skadi Loist, and Logan Walker. “DOSSIER: Film Festival Pedagogy: Using the Film Festival in or as a Film Course.” Comp. Ger Zielinski. Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies 26 (2014): Web. 8 Apr. 2014. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/scope/documents/2014/ february/zielinksi.pdf James Wallen Literature 2013-14 A. Owen Aldridge Prize for an Outstanding Essay “Our Natural and Original Illness”: Tracking the Human/ Animal Distinction in Montaigne and Nietzsche” Tsering Wangmo Literature A Home in Tibet Penguin/Viking, September 2013 Tim Yamamura Literature Starting from Loomis and Other Stories By Hiroshi Kashiwagi, edited with an introduction by Tim Yamamura University Press of Colorado, October 2013
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Taylor R. Backman Literature Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “A Global Genealogy to Wallace’s Infinite Jest” Mentor: Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature Elizabeth Beard History History Department Linda Peterson Award in Pre-1500 A.D. History “Public Penance, Public Salvation: An Exploration of the Black Death’s Influence on the Flagellant Movement” Jacob Block Literature Fifth Annual Cowell Press Broadside Competition “Donuts” Marisol Medina-Cadena Writing Program Honorable Mention: 2012-13 Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing “The Master of Disguise: Fast Food Chains and Their Influence” Instructor: Robin Somers Lisa J. Clark Philosophy Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Knowing When I’m Right” Mentor: Jonathan Ellis, Associate Professor of Philosophy Sophie Cox Literature Honorable Mention: Best Undergraduate Essay “The Sultana of the Desert: Colonial Ambivalence and Historical Allegory in Balzac’s ‘A passion in the Desert’” Dorian Bell, Instructor
Kathryn Delancellotti Literature George Hitchcock Memorial Poetry Contest “Emily Dickinson Got Me Thinking (About Death)” Celia Fong Writing Program Honorable Mention: 2012-13 Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing “The Quran, Translation and Controversy” Instructor: Veronica Flanagan Nicholas A. Garcia History Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Using Slave Advertisements to Analyze the Intercolonial Slave Trade” Mentor: Gregory O’Malley, Assistant Professor of History Andrew Harmatz Literature Honorable Mention: Best Senior Essay “’Where Should This Music Be? I’ Th’ Air or Th’ Earth?’: Ovid’s Orpheus and Poetry as a Harmony of Authorial Voices” Instructor: Sean Keilen Guy Herschmann Jewish Studies Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Israel and Turkey: 1955-1967″ Mentor: Bruce Thompson, Lecturer in History
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Samantha House History History Department Linda Peterson Award in Pre-1800 A.D. History “Perpetuation, Subjugation or Colonial Prosperity: The Laws of Slavery and Elite White Power within Colonial Virginia, New Netherlands, and New York” Jan Jorritsma History History Department Linda Peterson Award in European History “Marguerite Porete in the Context of Female Religiosity and the Heresy of the Free Spirit”
Marley Lix-Jones History History Department Linda Peterson Award in TransRegional History “Early British and American Anti-Slavery Movements” Maggie McFarland Writing Program Honorable Mention: 2012-13 Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing “Mixed Blood, Mixed Emotions: Interpreting a Biracial Experience in America” Instructor: Sarah Amador
Abigail Katz Linguistics Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Modern Hebrew Nicknames and Phonology” Mentor: Junko Ito, Professor of Linguisitcs
Alma Morales Writing Program 1st Place: 2012-13 Don Rothman Endowed Award in FirstYear Writing “Nina de Mexico, Student of America--Daughter of Nowhere” Instructor: Steve Carter
Rachael Kellermann History History Department Linda Peterson Award in Asian and the Islamic World History “Jewish Women in Wartime Shanghai”
Oona O’Neill History Fanny Carruthers History Scholarship
C. Austin Knudson Literature First Prize: Best Senior Essay “Diego Hervas’s Journey to Hell: Relationships Between Textual Materiality And Modern Authorship in The Manuscript Found in Saragossa Instructor: Jody Greene
UC Santa Cruz UCEAP Scholarship National University of Ireland at Galway, Spring 2014 Rebecca O’Neill History History Department Undergraduate Education Committee Award “From Peoria to Peekskill: The American Legion, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Perversion of Paul Robeson”
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Tobias O. Rushing History Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “The ‘Pashtunistan Issue’; Problems of Nation Building in Cold War Afghanistan” Mentor: Edmund Burke III, Professor Emeritus of History
Michael A. Titone Linguistics Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “The Semantics of Nothing If Not Constructions” Mentor: Adrian Brasoveanu, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Laura Ruvalcaba History UC Santa Cruz UCEAP Scholarship UCEAP Rome, Italy Spring 2014
Jeremiah Tsyporin Writing Program 2nd Place: 2012-13 Don Rothman Endowed Award in First-Year Writing “The Mega University” Instructor: Margaret Amis
Priscilla M. Sanchez History Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “More Power Than Leisure: Property, Businesses, and Self-Reliance Among Late Colonial Mexican Elite and Working Women, 1700-1821″ Mentor: Grace Peña Delgado, Assistant Professor of History Sophie Short Classical Studies Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Death and Marriage in the Greco-Roman World” Mentor: Jennifer K. Lynn, Lecturer in Classical Studies Trevor Stober History History Department Linda Peterson Award in the Americas and African History History Department Hitchcock Award for best project submitted “Our Struggle: Why the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Expelled Its White Members”
Samantha N. Vega Politics *Bertha N. Melkonian Prize Recipient Humanities Undergraduate Research Award “Remembering Their Finest Hour: Danish Memories of the Miraculous Rescue of Jews during World War II” Mentor: Alice Yang, Associate Professor of History James Vitiello Literature Best Undergraduate Essay Prize “RoboCop: Delta City is Inevitable” Instructor: A. Hunter Bivens Joseph David Watkins Literature Honorable Mention: Best Undergraduate Essay “And Equally We May Find the Opposite” Instructor: Vilashini Cooppan James Williams Literature major in the Creative Writing (Poetry) concentration Kenneth Andrew Gram Memorial Scholarship award
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Gloria Wilson Philosophy Ryan Kieffe Memorial Scholarship
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Dean’s Awards Camille Avril Charette Philosophy Back to Nature: Human Subjectivity and the Possibility of Empirical Knowledge through Education Rachelle Boyson, Vincent Del Prado, Nicholas Eggert, Hannah Elston, Brittny Fadelli, Sean Johnson, Cecilia Lopez, Chelsea Miller, Kristen Sheets, Anthony Zavala Linguistics On the Causative Construction
Michael Titone Linguistics The Semantics of Nothing If Not Constructions Emma Train Literature “An aesthetics—or ethics—of incompletion”: J.M. Coetzee’s Novels as Works of Ethical Mourning Emily Wolper Literature Splendid Failures in Blake and The Marrow of Tradition
Samantha House History “Perpetuation, Subjugation or Colonial Prosperity: The Laws of Slavery and Elite White Power within Colonial Virginia, New Netherlands, and New York” Jan Willem Jorritsma Philosophy Epistemology as Therapy: John McDowell on Truth and “the Space of Reasons” Chelsea Miller Linguistics Parallel Subject Identification in Ellipsis Resolution Stephen Richter Literature Maria - a Telenovela for the Stage (Medea) Trevor Stober History Our Struggle: Why the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Expelled Its White Members
Undergraduate Awards and Honors Chancellorâ€™s Awards Camille Avril Charette Philosophy Back to Nature: Human Subjectivity and the Possibility of Empirical Knowledge through Education Chelsea Miller Linguistics Parallel Subject Identification in Ellipsis Resolution Trevor Stober History Our Struggle: Why the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Expelled Its White Members
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