University of Wisconsin–Madison

2016 Lydia Maria Child Society Social Justice Award Winner

Some news!

At the May 2016 meeting of the American Literature Association in San Francisco, California, the Lydia Maria Child Society, a scholarly association promoting research and teaching of their namesake nineteenth-century American woman writer, named me the recipient of their inaugural Social Justice Award.

The awards are designed to recognize students, scholars, and professionals whose work reflects Child’s fierce commitment to equity and social progress. [LINK]

A photo of writer Lydia Maria Child in 1870.
Lydia Maria Child, 1870.

I am very honored to receive this recognition, especially because Child’s writing was important in abolitionist and African American, women’s, children’s, Native American, and animal rights movements in the nineteenth century, and therefore appears frequently in my own research. Thank you to the Society for this recognition and to the community of scholars reading, teaching, and writing about Lydia Maria Child! I look forward to reading about the work of future recipients and am honored to inaugurate the award!

Finally, the winner of our award for professors and independent scholars is
Dr. Brigitte Fielder, a professor in the Comparative Literature department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To quote one of her three enthusiastic nominators, “Like Child, [Brigitte] has written about the ethical and social ties that bind how we think together about the radical politics of feminism, anti-racism, and species distinction both in the nineteenth-century and today.” She has written, for instance, about the dynamics of cross-racial and cross-species sympathy from abolitionist children’s literature to reporting on Hurricane Katrina. At the university, she has taught courses with titles like “Long Before Beyonce: Early African American Feminisms,” and she has also taught literature courses to (and worked on behalf of) incarcerated students. [LINK]

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