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Jerry Baum Award

March 23, 2009

The Jerry Baum Award recognizes annually one outstanding senior paper addressing the relationship between literature and history, honoring the recipient with a $250 cash award.

  Two Lewis & Clark alumni who now are professors themselves, Ann Dobyns (‘68) and Scott Howard (‘87), initiated this award in honor of Jerry Baum, who taught in the English department at Lewis & Clark for many years and who passed away in 2006. They describe him as “an extraordinary man, a teacher committed to active learning, to ethics, to activism. He was a professor who loved wisdom and respected the intelligence of each of his students, who listened to and valued their perspectives…His richness was in his love of life, family, friends, students and community.”

  The first Jerry Baum Award was given in spring of 2008 to Alice Waarvick, for her paper “Desire Gratified: Method and Female Liberation in Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion.”

  The English Department congratulates Alice and extends its warmest thanks to Professors Dobyns and Howard and the many friends, family, and admirers of Professor Baum who gave their generous support for this award and who attended the ceremony honoring Alice.