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RIC student, recent grad win Kingston-Mann awards

RIC student Emily Sorlien and recent grad Alicia Kristen Roberts are winners of the Esther Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Award for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship.

RIC student Emily Sorlien, right, receives her certificate of achievement from Professor Esther
Kingston-Mann at the Kingston-Mann Awards banquet at University of Massachusetts Boston
on Oct. 22.
Sorlien, a junior, took one of three top prizes offered by the Esther Kingston-Mann Awards at this year’s UMass Boston banquet on Oct. 22.

Sorlien’s paper, “The American Food Story: A Tale of Two Cultures,” presents an examination of the industrial American food system and alternative food cultures and reports on alternative food cultures and the work of the Southside Community Land Trust community gardens in the heart of South Providence. The paper was written for an Honors course – Politics and Popular Culture: Global Perspectives – taught by RIC professor MIchelle Brophy-Baermann.

Sorlien’s faculty adviser was RIC professor Thomas Schmeling.

Roberts, a 2010 RIC graduate, received honorable mention for her essay “Sue the Obscure: Hardy’s Asexual Character.” Roberts’ faculty adviser was RIC professor Barbara Schapiro.

RIC professors Gerri August and Maria Lawrence, serve on the Esther Kingston-Mann awards committee.

Kingston-Mann awards recognize, reward, and celebrate outstanding student research contributions to diversity and inclusion scholarship.

Participating campuses include Emmanuel College, Lesley University, Massasoit Community College, Rhode Island College, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of New Hampshire.

Each year, submissions by students from participating campuses are judged by an inter-campus awards committee on the basis of a blind reading.

For students interested in participating, the submission deadline for this year’s awards is June 2, 2011. Click here for more information on Kingston-Mann Awards or contact patricia.peterson@umb.edu.