The Julian Clement Chase Prize Award Ceremony


The ceremony and reception for

The Fourth Annual Julian Clement Chase Memorial Prize
for exceptional research writing about the District of Columbia

Will be held on

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019, 4:00-6:00 pm

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Room 702

Marvin and Estelle Gelman Library

2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC, 20052.

Please RSVP


Derek Musgrove,  Co-author, Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital
Keynote speaker: Reuban Jackson

Author, Scattered Clouds (2019)



The 2019 awardee, Adam Graubart, will share his research.

Adam Graubart, "Pursuing Tzedek: DC Synagogues Building Movements for Social Justice."

Adam Graubart

 Adam researched involvement in social justice work among Jewish congregations in DC. His project -- his senior thesis -- used interviews and quantitative research to examine how these congregations seek to align actions with values.

The 2018 Prize winners, Lydia Francis and Xavier Adomatis, will share their research.

Lydia Francis, JCC 2018 Prize WinnerLydia Francis, “The Irony of Capital Development: A Critical History of the Origins of Meridian Hill Park from the Perspective of Washington Residents” Lydia's 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, JCC 2018 Prize Winner

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.


The ceremony kicks off the University Writing and Research Conference, during which undergraduates present research completed in their first-year writing courses. An overview of the full program will be available in October.

About the Julian Clement Chase Memorial Prize:

The prize is named in honor of Sgt. Julian Clement Chase, 22, a native of Washington DC, who graduated in 2008 from DC’s Wilson High School. While serving with the United States Marine Corps, he was killed in action in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He was set to matriculate as a freshman at GW in Spring 2013. Julian knew and relished his city. His family has established this prize in his honor to recognize others who explore DC with the intelligence and exuberance that he did.


The prize is administered by the University Writing Program. If you have any questions, please contact  Randi Kristensen |  JCC Prize Submission Information