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, April 13.
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 Michelle Ferrer ’21 CLAS for her paper “The Trial of Law and Order: A Socratic Lens on Sophocles Antigone,” written for John-Paul Spiro, PhD.
Michael Chadwell ’21 COE for his essay, “I Do not know this man you are Talking about,” written for Marylu Hill, PhD and Ian Waggoner ’21 VSB for his essay, “Augustinian and Franciscan Thoughts on Compassion of Creatures,” written for Chara Armon, PhD received honorable mention.
The Seamus Heaney Award for Best Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize essay was awarded to Robert Bulka ’21 CLAS for his essay, “The Long shadow of Aristotle’s Idea of the Good,” written for Michael Tomko, PhD.
Lily DuFour ’21 FCN received honorable mention for her paper, “Diving into the Minds of Sinners,” written for Catherine Staples.
The Robert Russell, OSA Award for Best essay on St. Augustine was awarded to Karen McGuire ’21 COE for her paper, “Love the Bomb” written for Ian Clausen, 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.