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William Lodge ’13 Receives Prestigious Doris Brewer Cohen Award in the Humanities
William Lodge

The South Asian Studies Department is delighted to announce that William Lodge, graduating senior in English and South Asian Studies, has won the prestigious Doris Brewer Cohen Award in the Humanities for his senior thesis, "Character and Identity Formation: Representing Dalits in the Indian Novel." The thesis compares the representation of Dalits in Mulk Raj Anand's 1935 novel Untouchable and Manu Joseph's contemporary novel Serious Men.

In Spring 2012, William was among the first cohort of Brandeis-India Fellows. He spent the semester in New Delhi at JNU, studying Hindi and Indian literature, history, and culture. William, a talented musician, also utilized his Brandeis-India fellowship to pursue research in Indian classical violin. His time in India heavily influenced his future academic and career goals; witnessing the disparity in educational achievement in India has prompted him to pursue an MS in International Education Development, with a focus on South Asia. He will be attending the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania this fall where he is receiving a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to support his Hindi studies.

The Doris Brewer Cohen Award is given to the best senior essay or thesis with a humanities focus from an impressive number of programs on campus, including English, Philosophy, Comparative Humanities, Film, Television and Interactive Media, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anthropology, Education, Fine Arts, History, International and Global Studies, among many others. The prize comes with a $2,500 award.