Sophomore Sara Anderson became the first two-time winner of Niagara University’s Susan B. Anthony Writing Award during a celebration held last night in Bisgrove Hall.
Anderson’s paper, Diversification of the Literary Canon, argues that the Western literary canon is too limited. She contends that expanding the literary canon to include works by women and non-white writers will provide a more universal view of human experiences.
For her piece, Anderson once again took the top prize in the annual writing contest – now in its 16th year – named after Anthony, the famous women’s rights reformer.
The contest is facilitated by NU’s department of women’s studies.
Anderson, an English major from Niagara Falls, N.Y., was presented with a $150 check by Sharon Green, chair of the award committee, and Dr. Jeanne Laurel, associate professor of English.
The competition was open to all Niagara University undergraduate students.
Along with the award presentation and brief comments from Anderson, the program also included remarks from Dr. Peter Butera, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Green, coordinator of instructional services; Dr. Laurel; and Dr. Shannon Risk, assistant professor of history, who spoke about Anthony’s immense impact on women’s rights, especially the right to vote.
When the program concluded, attendees enjoyed a slice of cake in celebration of Anthony’s birthday, Feb. 15, 1820.
Photos by Gabrielle McIntyre, a junior communication studies major at NU.