Mia McIlwain '23 was as recognized as a runner up in the National Humanities Alliance and National Council of Teachers English Essay Contest.
Participants in the essay contest attended the 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future” delivered by Andrew Delbanco, author and professor of American studies at Columbia University and president of the Teagle Foundation. Participants were then asked to reflect on the lecture with references to specific texts mentioned by Delbanco as well as his overarching argument.
“The NEH Jefferson Lecture is a yearly opportunity to consider how the humanities help us address society’s most pressing challenges,” said National Humanities Alliance Executive Director Stephen Kidd. “This year, we were so grateful to welcome students to the lecture and to read their subsequent reflections on the question of reparations, drawing both on the lecture and their own lived experiences. I want to extend special congratulations to our first place and runner up writers and thank you to all of the students who attended the Jefferson Lecture and reflected on it with such compelling essays.”