The Children's Literature Association awarded Pitt graduate Alexandra Cathcart the 2015 Carol Gay Award for her paper, "A Racialized Menagerie: Unpacking Race in Marc Brown’s Arthur Series." Alex graduated from Pitt in 2014 with a BA in English literature and a BS in biological sciences, a Chemistry minor, and the Certificate in Children's Literature. She wrote her winning paper for Courtney Weikle-Mills's class "Critical Approaches to Children's Literature."
Pitt Children's Literature student Claire Werkiser was also recognized as the runner-up for the Carol Gay Award for her paper, "Visible Invisibility: Socialization, Bodily Inscription, and Ideology in The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing," which she wrote for "Critical Approaches to Children's Literature" with Anna Redcay.
The Carol Gay Award recognizes outstanding papers on children's literature by undergraduate students.
Congratulations to Alex and Claire!