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Honors Program Announces Best Thesis Awards

August 2015

The Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program recently presented its first "Best Thesis" awards to Amiri Lampley and Banah Ghadbian, both members of the class of 2015. Lampley, an English major, and Ghadbian, class valedictorian and a comparative women's studies and sociology and anthropology double major, received awards in the arts/humanities and social sciences categories, respectively, for their theses.

Lampley's thesis, "The Implications of Language Choice in African Literature," served as an examination of the effects of colonization on African literary production. Ghadbian's thesis, "From Roses to Red Raincoats: Documenting Syrian Women's Narratives of Resistance," was a study of the activist narratives and strategies of Syrian women based on original research and interviews of women affiliated with the Syrian Women's Association in Amman, Jordan.

Retired English professor Christine Sizemore, Ph.D., and Pushpa Parekh, Ph.D., professor of English, served as Lampley’s advisers. Ghadbian's advisers were Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center, and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies; M. Bahati-Kuumba, Ph.D., associate professor of women's studies; and Mona Phillips, Ph.D., professor of sociology. 

Amiri LampleyAmiri Lampley, C'2015
 "The Implications of Language Choice in African Literature" 

Banah GhadbianBanah Ghadbian, C'2015
"From Roses to Red Raincoats: Documenting Syrian Women's Narratives of Resistance"

Learn more about the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program.