English Majors 2019 Commencement Awards
The Lang Award is given to “a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishment.” This year the award was given to Rebecca Regan, English Literature Honors Major.
In nominating Rebecca for this award, English department faculty praised her ability to synthesize divergent material with "a brilliant sense of reading and reimagining the text that is both startling and profound." One faculty member noted that "Rebecca manages to combine often-opposed approaches to literature in work that seems to seamlessly join the best of both.” Another remarked, "I came to believe that Rebecca Regan was born to be a literary critic. Except that during that same year, Classicists told me she was born to be a Classics scholar, and Linguists told me that her work in that field is superlative, and in addition to all that erudition, she sings!"
Alexis Riddick, special major in English and Educational Studies, was awarded The Sarah Kaighn Cooper scholarship this spring.
The Sarah Kaighn Cooper Scholarship is awarded to the member of the junior class who is “judged by the faculty to have the best record for scholarship, character, and influence since entering the College.” From an English department perspective, Alexis is a stellar example of all of these attributes. This summer, she is working with Professor Peter Schmidt as a TA for the Swarthmore Summer Scholars program. Co-President of OASIS, Alexis produces work (both spoken and written) that is "searching, courageous, powerfully articulated, and tremendously moving."