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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Writing in Augustine and Culture Seminar

Augustine and Culture Seminar award winners
Pictured top row from left, Henry Centeno ’20 COE, Timothy Long ’20 CLAS, Matt Innocenzo ’20 COE. Pictured bottom row from left, Allyson Smith ’20 CLAS and Sarah Joseph ’20 CLAS (Eileen Gaffney '20 CLAS not pictured)

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored six students for excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar on Friday, Dec. 8.

ACS is a two-semester humanities sequence that educates students in Augustinian inquiry through a study of ancient and modern texts and an intensive program of critical reading, writing and discussion.

The Margaret Cecelia Baney Award for the Best Essay in the Augustine and Culture Seminar was presented to Sarah Joseph ’20 CLAS for her paper “Freud, Daydreaming and Mystic Creation,” written for Noël Dolan, PhD.

Receiving honorable mention were Henry Centeno ’20 COE for his essay, “No Rest for the Wicked” written for Kaley Carpenter, PhD and Timothy Long ’20 CLAS for his essay, “A Distinctively Human Nature, Reason and Restless Desire in ‘Gulliver’s Travels,’” written for Andrew Bove, PhD.

The Seamus Heaney Awards for Best Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize essay was awarded to Matt Innocenzo ’20 COE for his essay, “Kierkegaard’s Spheres of Existence as Applied to Jimmy McNulty of ‘The Wire,’” written for Gregory Hoskins, PhD.

Allyson Smith ’20 CLAS received Honorable Mention for her paper, “To Dream or not to Dream,” written for Catherine Staples.

The ACS Peter Brown Award, Augustine in Conversation with Modern Thought, was awarded to Eileen Gaffney ’20 CLAS for her paper, “Faith in Progress” written for Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD.

ACS is a distinctive first-year learning experience unique to Villanova. It creates the opportunity for students from all four of Villanova’s undergraduate colleges to engage in a common intellectual conversation.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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