Fulbright Scholars and Women’s Studies writing contest winners receive recognition


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Dr. Samantha Christiansen awards Eva Polizzi, the graduate winner of the Women’s Studies Writing Contest.

Amanda Duncklee, Community Editor

Marywood community members celebrated the winners of the 2016 Fulbright Scholarship and Women’s Studies Writing and CreativeWorks Award.

Following visiting Fulbright scholar Catherine Kanabahita Guma’s lecture in the Liguori Center of Regina Hall at 6 p.m. on March 29, Dr. Samantha Christiansen, assistant history professor, director of the women’s studies program, called attention to award recipients.

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fran Zauhar, Ph.D., issued a welcome to the audience and gave thanks to Dr. Christiansen for her work in the Women’s Studies department.

“We’ve had a long history of women’s studies here at Marywood,” said Zauhar. “Really, in every way, our department’s soul is in [Dr. Christiansen].”

The Women’s Studies Award has been given for now three years. Eva Polizzi won the graduate award and Jamie Linde, junior English major, won the undergraduate award as well as a $50 prize.

Linde’s award-winning piece was a critical analysis of novel “Tess of the D’Urbervilles” by Thomas Hardy.

“I was looking at the sexual objectification of women’s bodies in the novel,” said Linde. “I’m a women’s studies minor and a writing minor. [The award] works nicely with what I’m studying here.”

“Every year, I’m floored by the quality of work from Marywood,” said Christiansen. “This is an award that is close to my heart. It is small and mighty… it’s nice to get some recognition and capital for work. It’s a real honor and delight to celebrate women’s studies.”

Additionally, the [2016 Fulbright Scholarship winners] received recognition for their accomplishments.

Katlyn Beaton, a Fall 2015 Master of Arts graduate with a bachelor in Spanish will go to Andorra, a country in between France and Spain, in August 2016 on an English Teaching Assistantship.

Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell, art therapy professor, will travel to Tomsk State University, Siberia, Russian Federation from September to December to teach and research art therapy.

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