This prize honors the life and work of filmmaker William Miles, who chronicled the achievements of African Americans in documentaries such as I Remember Harlem and Men of Bronze. The Washington University Film and Media Archive houses the William Miles Collection. In partnership with the Program in African & African-American Studies, the archive will award an undergraduate prize of $500 to an outstanding essay, or other serious research project, that makes significant use of rare or unique materials from the archive.
The Film and Media Archive is a treasure trove of 20th-century African-American history and culture, and of American history and culture more broadly. Areas represented in the archive include: the Civil Rights Movement, the Great Depression, Great Society programs, 20th-century African-American culture and arts, African Americans in the military, African Americans in science, Pro-democracy movements in Africa (Benin, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa), and many other topics related to 20th-century American history and culture.
Eligibility Requirements and Other Information:
- Essays must be at least 8 pages. Other types of serious research projects are also eligible for the prize (e.g., a documentary film or a multimedia website).
- Essays and projects must make significant use of rare or unique materials in the Film and Media Archive.
- Entries are welcome from any academic discipline.
- All entrants must take a tour of the archive and have a consultation with the archive staff by March 1, 2011. To schedule your tour and consultation, please contact Alison Carrick at email@example.com
- Entries are due April 1, 2011.
- For more information about the Film and Media Archive, please contact us.
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