We asked Javier Barroso, Lecturer in Spanish, to reflect on the Isabelle de Courtivron writing prize. The prize recognizes high-quality undergraduate writing (creative or expository) on topics related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences.
“It is vital to give students with these backgrounds a space to express their experiences artistically” Barroso explained. ” I often tell my students that MIT can be a place where some of us come to discover and explore our identities. Those who identify as bilingual, bicultural, or of mixed ethnicity, as well as migrants, often feel that their experiences are liminal and hard to understand for others. The de Courtivron prize allows students to share their uniqueness through writing while creating a record of varied and rich experiences.”
The de Courtivron prize allows students to share their uniqueness through writing while creating a record of varied and rich experiences.
This annual prize was established to honor Professor Emerita Isabelle de Courtivron on the occasion of her retirement in 2010. Open to all MIT undergraduate students. Entries are judged by a panel. Winning entries are published on Global Languages website. Cash awards for prize-winning entries are: first prize, $400; second prize, $100. Submissions are due March 1, 2023. HOW TO APPLY