Prize Essay Winners


Maria Del Rosario Castro Diaz

Paper: Food: The Hard Work of Separating Families While Keeping It All Together
Instructor & Course: Holly Schaaf, Introduction to College Reading and Writing in English (WR 098)

Lauren Kesler

Paper: Painting the Real Picture: The Benefits of Autoethnographic Filmmaking for Children with Life-Threatening Illness
Instructor & Course: Marisa Milanese, Global Documentary (WR 150)

Maya Terhune

Paper: A Good Little Monkey: Curious George‘s Undercurrent of White Dominance and the Series’ Continued Popularity
Instructor & Course: Anna Panszczyk, Aesthetic Constructions of Childhood (WR 150)

James Sbordone

Paper: Is violence–
Instructor & Course: Jessica Bozek, Poetry Now (WR 100)


Andrea Foster

Paper: Crossbones: Forensic Osteology of the Whydah Pirates
Instructor & Course: Kathryn Ness, Pirates of the Atlantic: History, Archaeology, and Pop Culture (WR 150)

Thomas Laverriere

Paper: Cross-dressing in Renoir’s La Grande Illusion and Europe’s Wartime Masculinity
Instructor & Course: Sarah Madsen Hardy, Studio 2 (KHC ST 112)

Hannah Pangrcic

Paper: Borat: Controversial Ethics for Make Better the Future of Documentary Filmmaking
Instructor & Course: Marisa Milanese, Global Documentary (WR 150)


Katie Griswold

Paper: Down the Street and Around the World: an Exploration of Everyday Exoticism in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Instructor & Course: Daniel Hutchins, Travel Writing: Genre, History, and Politics (WR 100)

Danyang Li

Paper: Justice for the Mother
Instructor & Course: Maria Zlateva, English Grammar and Composition (WR 097)

Sabrina Patrizio

Paper: Wouldn’t You Like to be Loved by April Wheeler: Suburban and Feminine Containment in Revolutionary Road
Instructor & Course: Gwen Kordonowy, Postwar American Literature (EN 220)


George Danis

Paper: The Waste Land': Beyond Good and Evil
Instructor & Course: Jason Tandon, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (WR 150)

Sophie Spiers

Paper: “Frederick Douglass, The (In)credible Orator
Instructor & Course: David Shawn, Oratory in America (WR 100)

Ying Zhang

Paper: An Unanswerable Dilemma
Instructor & Course: Thomas Oller, Introduction to College Reading and Writing in English (WR098)


Laura Brubaker

Paper: Klimov’s Come & See As a Work of Cinematic Response
Instructor & Course: Ivan Eubanks, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Cinema (WR 100)

Krissy King

Paper: A Key to His Consciousness: Smell in James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as Young Man
Instructor & Course: Michael Degener, James Joyce: Voicing Modernity (WR 100)

Sean Manton

Paper: Disorganized Attachment and the Orbitofrontal Cortex as the Basis for the Development of Dissociative Identity Disorder
Instructor & Course: Stephen Scheuerman, The Nature of Consciousness (WR 150)


Benjamin Cohen

Paper: Protecting Speech or Copyright: A Question of Balance
Instructor & Course: Bradley Queen, The First Amendment (WR 150)

Georgianne Maroon

Paper: Dostoevsky and Gogol’s Acknowledgments of Writers’ Limitations
Instructor: Vlada Brofman
Course: Russian Prose Classics (WR 100)

Jielin Yu

Paper: Rethinking Humanity: the Chimera Debate
Instructor & Course: Rebecca Kinraide, Debates in the History of Medicine (WR 150)


Michele Buonanduci

Paper: ‘These – never stir at all –’: The Static and Dynamic in Dickinson
Instructor & Course: Thomas Otten, American Gothic (EN 220)

Natalie Lam

Paper: Reaching for the Axe: Kafka and the Language of Power
Instructor & Course: Michael Degener, Kafka! Monstrous Modernity (WR 150)

Chris Meyer

Paper: The FSA Photographs: Information, or Propaganda?
Instructor & Course: Amy Chmielewski, Art and Politics in the Twentieth Century (WR 150)

Gordon Towne

Paper: Peak Oil: Priorities in Alternative Energy Development
Instructor & Course: Deborah Breen, Innovation in Technology and Science: Historical Perspectives (WR 150)

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