Senior Wins Dana Reed Writing Prize
Mark Greif '97 has won the 1997 Dana Reed Prize for excellence in undergraduate writing in an undergraduate publication. Greif topped a field of 41 entrants from six publications with his "Home Burial," a short story in the 1996 Commencement issue of The Harvard Advocate.
Honorable Mention went to Thomas Gunderson '98 for "Killings in Kashmir," an article in the spring 1996 Harvard International Review.
Judges for this year's competition were author Anne Bernays;
Michael V. Korda, senior vice president and editor-in-chief of trade books for Simon & Schuster; and New Yorker magazine staff writer Jeffrey Toobin '82, JD '86.
Given annually since 1948 by a group of alumni, the $500 prize commemorates Dana Reed '43, a Cambridge native who edited undergraduate publications here before he was killed in action as a World War II bomber pilot. Previous winners have included Michael Halberstam '53, John Updike '54, Sallie Bingham '58, Jacob Brackman '65, James Fallows '70, and Michael Kinsley '72.
Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships Awarded to Doctoral Students
Winners of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and their proposed dissertations are: Hilde DeWeerdt, "Competing Strategies and Styles in the Late Southern Song Examination System: The Expansion of Daoxue in Context"; Anne Hansen, "The Ways of the World: Narrative and Ethical Reflection in Theravada Buddhism"; Maria R. Hibbets, "The Virtue of Generosity in Medieval Indian Religion"; Nancy Levene, "Spinoza and the Dawn of Enlightenment: Reason, Love and Law in the Early Modern West"; and Susanne Mrozik, "Pure Lands and Pure Bodies: Representations of Physical and Spiritual Ideals in Buddhist Meditations."
The Newcombe fellowships are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Students Receive Davis Center Summer Travel Grants
Recipients of the 1997 Goldman Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants of the Davis Center for Russian Studies are: Sasha Radin '98, awarded $880 for research on Daniil Kharms, a Russian author of children's and adult literature, and a poet and playwright; Flora Tartakovsky '98, awarded $1,000 for research on "The 'Doctors' Plot' of 1953"; and Julia Raiskin '98, awarded an honorary grant for her research "From Jailers to Saviors: The Changing Face of Psychiatry in the Former Soviet Union."
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