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Local student a finalist in Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Posted: February 16, 2014 - 1:00am

University of Alaska Southeast student Will Geiger submitted a paper to the 2014 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, hosted by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanities and judged by a panel led by Elie Wiesel himself.

According to UAS Professor Sol Neely, Geiger’s advisor, his submitted paper “De-colonial Ethic on Lingit Aani” “draws from his four-plus years of intensive study in literary theory, postsecular critical theory, cultural studies and, more specifically, Alaska Native languages and studies.”

Completed during an independent study with Neely, Geiger also worked closely with Professor Xh’unei Lance Twitchell, to negotiate “a difficult critical terrain between critical theory born largely of Continental European traditions — as well as the radical political-pedagogical movements associated with Liberation Philosophy in Latin America — and his intensive studies of Lingít and Alaska Native social movements.”

Neely has high praise for his student.

“As I have watched Will develop academically and politically since the Fall 2009 semester, I cannot over-express the kind of humbled vigilance he adopts in his all of his work. His is a fierce erudition and a radical commitment to the responsibilities of what it means to study and work on Lingít Áani,” he wrote.

Geiger was among only 13 entrants chosen for the final round of the contest. The readers committee wrote that they found Geiger’s essay to be “well written, as well as one of the best in tone, style, subject and substance,” adding that “the contest is always very competitive, and this year was no exception. This is truly a great accomplishment.”

For more information on the Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, visit http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/prizeinethics.aspx.

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