MISSOULA – University of Montana students Erin Hastey and Hudson Spivey recently won the 2013 undergraduate and graduate Richard Drake Writing Awards.
The award, named for UM history Professor Richard Drake, was established in 2012 to honor excellence in writing in the humanities – specifically history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics and the classics. Students apply for the award by submitting a paper dealing with any theme based on a humanistic discipline.
Hastey, a junior from Plumas Lake, Calif., majoring in English, communication studies and German, won the undergraduate award for the paper “The Misconceptions of Monotheism: Reconciling the Theology and Narrative of John Milton.”
Spivey, a graduate student in the Environmental Studies Program from Mooresville, N.C., won the graduate award for the paper “Empiricism and Empire: John Wesley Powell and the Scientific Conquest of the American West.”
The award, which comes with a $750 prize, is made possible by the generous donation of Helen Cappadocia in honor of Drake.