Student Book Collecting Contest 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting contest!

The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and was endowed in 2007 by Betty and Edgar Sweren, recognizes the love of books and the art of shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection.

All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins are eligible to enter.

“I look forward to this contest each year,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums. “The judges had some tough choices to make this year, but it’s always a pleasure to discover these collections and the interesting individuals who assemble them. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to our winners.”

First prize in the undergraduate division was awarded to senior Audrey Cockrum, a Writing Seminars major in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, for her collection The Ever-Evolving Atlas of Amy Clampitt: Mapping Two Centuries of British and American Ecopoetry.

There was a tie for first prize in the graduate division, with Alexander Englert and Christine Lee each receiving top honors. Englert, a doctoral student in Philosophy in the Krieger School, won for his collection Philosophy in Times of Crisis: Jaspers, Arendt, and the Question of Our Shared Nature. Lee, who is pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recognized for Ekphrasis: Relating Words with Art, Thinking with the Eyes, Seeing with the Brain.

Undergraduate Ruth Marie Naime Landry, a junior Writing Seminars major, took second prize for Cities in Literature. Anna Moyer, a PhD student in Human Genetics at the School of Medicine, was awarded second prize in the graduate category for Coming Down to Earth: Improving Representations of Intellectual Disability in Literature and Memoir.

Third prize in the undergraduate division went to sophomore Gillian Marie Waldo, a Film and Media Studies major in the Krieger School, for From Apertures to Zoetropes: A Collection of Books on Cinema. There was no third prize awarded this year in the graduate category.

Stop by the Special Collections Reading Room on M-level of the Brody Learning Commons to see selections from this year’s winning collections. The books will be on display through May 31.


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