2018-2019 Haarlow Prizes in Humanistic Studies Awarded

November 15, 2019
Haarlow 2018

Each year, the Haarlow Prize is awarded to students who deliver exceptional papers to a 200-Level Humanistic Studies course. This year’s winners are Allie Mangel ’22 and Fumika Mizuno ’21. For the first time this year, an honorable mention was awarded to Ian Johnson ’22.

Mangel was recognized for her paper, “Space, Boundaries, and Bridging the Divide”,  submitted to HUM 216-217, which discusses the story of Persephone as depicted on the front of an Attic, Greek bell-krater from ca 440 BCE, and how the placement of the scenes suggests a movement between the realms of the living and the dead, crossing boundaries and connection between worlds.

Persephone Bell krater
Terracotta bell-krater (bowl for mixing wine and water) ca. 440 BCE.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 28.57.23

The second Haarlow prize to Mizuno was for a paper called “What’s New? Contrasting visions of Tradition and Modernity in the Infrastructure of Ghost in the Shell,” submitted to HUM 234. Mizuno, a concentrator in Politics explored the political, and cultural roles of the cityscape, infrastructure, and technology in both the animé and live action versions of Ghost in the Shell.

Still from Ghost in the Shell (DreamWorks Pictures, 2017)

Ian Johnson, a Mathematics concentrator received an honorable mention for his paper “Hippolytus’ Redemption and Strange Kinship,” submitted to HUM 218-219.

The Haarlow prizes are awarded by the Humanistic Studies program in memory of the late A. William Haarlow III ’63, who cared deeply about Humanistic Studies. His generosity and that of his family have helped make the program flourish.

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