Classics major Ashley Choo-Hen has been named a winner of the Manson A. Stewart Undergraduate Award for outstanding young Classicists. The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) presents the award to a limited number of Classics majors at the sophomore and junior level who have been nominated by their professors. Awards will be presented at the annual CAMWS meeting held in Albuquerque, NM in mid-April. More information about the award can be found on the CAMWS website.
Ashley’s plans for the award include traveling to her family’s home country of Guyana for 6 weeks this summer to teach Latin and to begin to research how Classics survives in a post-colonial context: “because the traditional British schooling that once enforced the learning of Latin no longer exists in Guyana, is it safe to assume that classics doesn’t exist at all? In conjunction with teaching, I hope that this research project facilitates an understanding on the accessibility of classics to minority groups and on the pedagogical practices that exist elsewhere. I’m also really excited to return to Guyana (after 10+ years) to reconnect with family members and to bridge these two large parts of my life.”