Congratulations to the Sperry Writing Prize Winners!

Please join the Religion Department in celebrating these students!

The following students have been awarded a Sperry Writing Prize in Religion! The Sperry Writing Prize is awarded annually to up to three students (but this year, we made it four!) for the best essay, body of essays, or research paper written in any course offered by the Religion Department, with a preference for non-graduating-seniors. The following have won the prize for a paper written in a Religion course during academic year '21-22:

    • Caris White '23, for "Hilma Af Klint: Artist, Medium, Prophet?" written for REL 80.10 Messengers of God: Prophetism in Historical and Comparative Perspectives in Spring 22, nominated by Professor Robert Baum
    • Elijah St. Clair Smith '25, for "Building Bridges Quietly: The Activism of Donald and Nancy Brewer" written for REL 61 Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in Winter 22, nominated by Professor Vaughn Booker
    • Jared Pugh '25, for "Black Empowerment through Religious Art: Ethiopianism and the Harlem Renaissance" written for REL 54 African American Religion and Culture in Jim Crow America in Fall 21, nominated by Professor Vaughn Booker
    • Megan Ren '23, for "Internet Apocalypticism: Exploring Eschatological Rhetoric and Ideology in Online Communication" written for REL 57.07 Apocalyptic Imagination in Spring 22, nominated by Professor Ed Wright


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