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Classical Association recognizes Professor Michele Valerie Ronnick's work

June 10, 2013

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), one of the leading organizations of classicists in North America, recognized Professor Michele Valerie Ronnick with its award for the year’s Outstanding Promotional Activity.

The project, which showcased research by a WSU undergraduate student, was carried out with a grant from CAMWS.  Ronnick served as president of CAMWS for 2009-2010. In the organization’s 108-year history, she is the fourth academic from a Michigan university to be tapped for this task and the first ever from Wayne State.

“The goal of the sponsored activity was to demonstrate the impact of classical studies upon the creative lives of people of African-American descent in the 21st century,” Ronnick said.

Ronnick’s student Catherine Mitchell (pictured center), who is majoring in classics, presented her 13-page study concerning the use and meaning of the myth of Medea in the plot of Salvage the Bones, a novel by Jesmyn Ward.  Ward's book won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction, and in 2012 an Alex Award from the American Library Association. Ward is of African descent.

The presentation was held at Source Booksellers, an independent book store located in Midtown that specializes in non-fiction books concerning world history and culture from Africa to America.

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