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June 7, 2010

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ILA awards first Detweiler prize

The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts awarded the first Robert Detweiler Essay Prize in honor of the late ILA director’s decades of teaching and scholarship at Emory.

First prize for the best graduate student essay that brings an interdisciplinary perspective to literature and religion — Detweiler’s area of expertise — went to Sarah Schiff for her essay “Power Literature and the Myth of Racial Memory.” Honorable mentions went to Patrick Blanchfield and Karma de Gruy.

“I think Bob would be delighted to see how the graduate study of literature and religion has continued to flourish at Emory,” says Walt Reed, selection committee member. “The prize offers a special window on the development of this interdisciplinary endeavor,” Reed said, adding the ILA is grateful to Detweiler’s family for endowing the annual contest, which comes with cash prizes.

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