Announcing the Winners of the Daniel Binkley Prize for 2018

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The Daniel Binkley Prize Competition awards cash prizes each year to the best undergraduate research paper in the field of world history. The Daniel Binkley Prize was established to honor retired HPU Professor Daniel Binkley, Ph.D., who was instrumental in securing a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that fueled a resurgence of the teaching of the humanities at HPU and ultimately permitted the creation of an endowed Chair in World History at HPU.  The Binkley Prize was established in 2009 by the first holder of that Chair, Marc Jason Gilbert, Ph.D., and for many years thereafter was privately funded by Gilbert, professor Allison Gough, Ph.D., now Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and instructor Jocelyn Cardenas.  

The Department of History and International Studies has recently received generous funding from the General Federation of Women's Clubs History Club of Honolulu to make this prize a component of the History and International Studies Department’s year-end student prize awards program. This support is deeply appreciated by this Department as it advances its own and Hawai‘i Pacific University’s mission to produce global citizens. 

The winning research papers for this year’s Binkley Prize competition are: 

“Y En Eso Llegó Fidel y Mao: The Role of Music in the Cuban and Chinese Revolutions” by Emma Love, a junior majoring in Marine Biology, currently contemplating a minor in History.   Love, had “always loved a good story,” and when she began studying history, her “love for stories grew into a passion for understanding how history, anthropology, and biology form us into the people that we are.” 

“Stateless, Persecuted, and Forgotten by all: Myanmar’s Rohingya: A historical reading of the oppression of Myanmar’s Muslim Minority” by Hajar Tazi, a recent graduate of Hawai‘i Pacific University with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Philosophy. Her studies in both fields have been rewarded with appointment as program coordinator for the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The Elliott School is highly ranked in international affairs and is the largest school of international relations in the United States. 

“Why We Fight: A Study of Winston Churchill’s Defining Speech” by Billy Mayer, who this spring, will become a first-year student in the Master of Science in Diplomacy and Military Studies Program at Hawai‘i Pacific University. A former president of the HPU History Club, he intends to complete that degree and take the Foreign Service Officer's Test in order to work in the Foreign Service on behalf of the United States, throughout the world.