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Call for Papers: Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies

February 05, 2018

10th Annual Dorothy Berkson Writing Award in Gender Studies


Submissions due by 5 p.m.

March 23, 2018

This award recognizes written achievement (e.g., scholarly essays, research projects,creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or playwriting) focused on gender and authored by a senior. The award winner will be honored at a reception that celebrates Professor Berkson’s contributions to Lewis & Clark College and the excellence of current students who study gender through scholarly analysis and  written expression.

A cash prize accompanies the award. There will be a presentation from awardees at the reception

Submissions may come from any field of study as long as gender is central to the work. The author must be a graduating senior in 2017-18. Most often the work will be produced in the senior year, but outstanding work from one’s junior year will also be considered. Submissions (maximum 5,000 words) must be accompanied by a faculty recommendation that provides context for the work and speaks to its merits. 

During the Festival of Scholars a reception and presentation by award recipients will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018  at 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Email Submission with faculty recommendation to

*awardees will be determined by a faculty committee


Dorothy Berkson, professor emerita of English, taught at Lewis & Clark College from 1981 until her retirement in 2004. She died in April 2007.

Professor Berkson was a presenter in Lewis & Clark’s first Gender Studies Symposium. For the gender studies minor, she designed a course titled Gender and Aesthetic Expression, which she continued to teach for many years.


To see photos and read about past awardees click here!

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