Last week we were delighted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of English and Creative Writing students and faculty at the annual Humanities Awards Ceremony and Student Project Day.
On April 27, English and Creative Writing students were recognized at the fourth annual Humanities Awards Ceremony. This was a particularly special event for a number of reasons. The very first Distinguished Alumnus Award was given, to Pat Manley (English, ’99). The inaugural Susan Hastie Memorial Award was given to Evan Kramer, a double major in English and Creative Writing; this award recognizes a senior who has evinced a dedication to the study of literature and writing, a quiet seriousness, and a maturity that enhances the pursuits of the program. The winner of the Allison Roelofs Award was Carlie Sisco, double major in English and Creative Writing; this award recognizes a freshman or sophomore who demonstrates great potential and early excellence in the major.
We were also pleased to present the first-ever Certificates in Textual Scholarship to Kimberlee Roberts and Taylor Brown. Kim and Taylor have been working, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Robinson, on the production of scholarly editions of Romantic-period texts, have traveled to England to study original manuscripts, and have presented their work in multiple venues. Kim will be attending graduate school for library and archival science at the University of Denver, and Taylor will be pursuing a masters degree in digital humanities at the Loyola University of Chicago.
As the winner of the first Distinguished Alumnus Award, Pat Manley spoke about the need for the humanities not only in the workforce but as a way to enrich our understanding of what it means to be human. He was followed by Kelsey Styles, who gave remarks as a distinguished undergraduate Humanities major. Kelsey offered a passionate and inspiring speech about the necessity of the humanities for empathy, particularly in our current moment.
(l-r) Evan Kramer, Taylor Brown, Kim Roberts, Carlie Sisco
Patrick Manley, English ’99, speaks as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award
Associate Dean Sarah Roth presents a certificate of achievement to Jasmine Kouyate, a first-year student in English and Creative Writing
Janine Utell, Chair of English and Creative Writing, presents the Hastie Memorial Award to Evan Kramer
Janine Utell, Chair of English and Creative Writing, presents Certificates in Textual Scholarship to Taylor Brown (l.) and Kim Roberts (r.)
Kelsey Styles gives her remarks on the importance of the humanities
Michael Cocchiarale introduces Kelsey Styles. Professor Cocchiarale leads the Humanities Recruitment and Retention Committee, which sponsors this event
Then, on April 28, the scholarship of English and Creative Writing students was featured at Student Project Day. Taylor Brown, Emma Irving, and Christine Lombardo presented a panel on David Lynch, family dynamics, and the uncanny. Students from Annalisa Castaldo’s course on Renaissance Literature spoke on gender and race and connections we might make to our own time.
Taylor Brown, Emma Irving, and Christine Lombardo speaking on David Lynch
Students from Annalisa Castaldo’s Renaissance Literature course
Photos of the Humanities Awards Ceremony courtesy of Paul Goldberg