Amanda Petersen Receives Prestigious Award

Saturday, May 5, 2012

We are proud to announce that Amanda Petersen has received the Graves Award in the Humanities. She is an assistant professor of Spanish and an affliliated member of the Latin American Studies faculty.

The Graves Awards, administered by Pomona College, are given every two years to faculty members of private, liberal arts colleges in California, Oregon and Washington — 40 schools in all. Petersen is the first USD professor to receive the award, given to support the work of outstanding faculty members in their early years of teaching. She will receive $5,625 to deepen her research on the representation of gender and violence in 20th and 21st century Mexican literature by female authors.

The Arnold L. Graves and Lois S. Graves Awards are intended to reward “outstanding accomplishment” in actual teaching of the humanities. The Graves conceived the humanities as “areas of subject matter which deal not merely with facts about men and women and the world in which they live but which are calculated to interpret life and give meaning to experience – in other words to produce men and women of understanding as contrasted with those trained to be technically proficient.” (Full story)

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