2018 Julian Clement Chase Prize Award Ceremony

Thu, 25 October, 2018 4:00pm

Award Ceremony

This year's Julian Clement Chase Prize ceremony features Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital (2017), as the keynote speaker. The 2018 awardees, Lydia Francis and Xavier Adomatis, will share their research.

The ceremony and reception honor exceptional research writing about the District of Columbia. The ceremony kicks off the University Writing and Research Conference, during which undergraduates present research completed in their first-year writing courses.

If you have any questions about the award, please contact Randi Kristensen.

Past Julian Clement Chase Prize Winners

Awardee Presentations




Lydia Francis, “The Irony of Capital Development: A Critical History of the Origins of Meridian Hill Park from the Perspective of Washington Residents”

Lydia provides a layered historical analysis of the development of Meridian Hill Park. She reframes the common narrative about urban park development by providing evidence that the community that was demolished was likely a thriving, established and diverse working class area.




Xavier Adomatis, “Re-Segregate DC Schools: An Analysis of Gentrification’s Peculiar Consequences on Francis-Stevens.”

Xavier offers a provocative analysis of one of Georgetown's public elementary schools: School Without Walls, Francis-Stevens. When the school recruited more neighborhood students, parents sent their children to preschool and then transferred them to private schools after Kindergarten. As a result, the school lost its Title IX funding without benefiting from parents' on-going participation with the school.

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