Oct 24

Quandra Prettymen '54-2020 Walter Anderson Awardee

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  • Add to Calendar 2020-10-24 13:00:00 2020-10-24 14:30:00 Quandra Prettymen '54-2020 Walter Anderson Awardee Africana Studies congratulates Professor Quandra Prettyman, recipient of a 2020 Walter F. Anderson Award from Antioch College. The award “recognizes contributions by alumni and friends who have advanced Antioch College’s ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers." Professor Prettyman will receive the award in an virtual ceremony: Sat, Oct 24, 2020 01:00 pm EDT  to 02:30 pm EDT The citation for Professor Prettyman reads: Quandra Prettyman ‘54 - 2020 Walter Anderson Awardee Quandra Prettyman grew up as the child of two school teachers in Baltimore, MD. She attended Antioch College where she majored in history, graduating in 1954. She studied English literature at the University of Michigan from 1955-1957. Quandra then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing and began teaching. In 1970, she joined the faculty of Barnard College in the English department. In addition to teaching conventional English courses, Quandra’s interests led her to create new courses including The Harlem Renaissance; Slavery: the Woman’s Experience, Black and White; Minority Women Writers in the US (Native American, African American, Latina, Asian American); Literature of the Great Migration, and Early African American literature 1760-1890. Her commitment to African American literature and studies has inspired countless students during her 50 year career as a Senior Associate in English. Although officially retired, Quandra has continued to teach groundbreaking courses as recently as the fall of 2019.  Quandra’s writing and poetry has been published in various forums. Several of her poems appear in Arnold Adoff’s The Poetry of Black America. She edited Out of Our Lives: A Selection of Contemporary Black Fiction in 1975. Her interest in cookbooks and recipes led to her article, “Come Eat at My Table: Lives with Recipes” published by Southern Quarterly in 1992. In her “retirement,” Quandra continues to work on many projects involving her cookbooks, her poetry and her continuing passion for African American studies. Walter F. Anderson Award  (Breaking Ethnic Barriers) The Walter F. Anderson Award recognizes contributions by alumni and friends who have advanced Antioch College’s ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers. Nominees for this award have shown fortitude and effectiveness in promoting diversity within the Antioch community and beyond.  The award is named for Antioch’s longtime music department chair, the first African-American department head at a historically non-black institution of higher education.  Barnard College barnard-admin@digitalpulp.com America/New_York public

Africana Studies congratulates Professor Quandra Prettyman, recipient of a 2020 Walter F. Anderson Award from Antioch College. The award “recognizes contributions by alumni and friends who have advanced Antioch College’s ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers."

Professor Prettyman will receive the award in an virtual ceremony:
Sat, Oct 24, 2020
01:00 pm EDT  to 02:30 pm EDT

The citation for Professor Prettyman reads:

Quandra Prettyman ‘54 - 2020 Walter Anderson Awardee

Quandra Prettyman grew up as the child of two school teachers in Baltimore, MD. She attended Antioch College where she majored in history, graduating in 1954. She studied English literature at the University of Michigan from 1955-1957. Quandra then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing and began teaching. In 1970, she joined the faculty of Barnard College in the English department. In addition to teaching conventional English courses, Quandra’s interests led her to create new courses including The Harlem Renaissance; Slavery: the Woman’s Experience, Black and White; Minority Women Writers in the US (Native American, African American, Latina, Asian American); Literature of the Great Migration, and Early African American literature 1760-1890. Her commitment to African American literature and studies has inspired countless students during her 50 year career as a Senior Associate in English. Although officially retired, Quandra has continued to teach groundbreaking courses as recently as the fall of 2019. 
Quandra’s writing and poetry has been published in various forums. Several of her poems appear in Arnold Adoff’s The Poetry of Black America. She edited Out of Our Lives: A Selection of Contemporary Black Fiction in 1975. Her interest in cookbooks and recipes led to her article, “Come Eat at My Table: Lives with Recipes” published by Southern Quarterly in 1992.

In her “retirement,” Quandra continues to work on many projects involving her cookbooks, her poetry and her continuing passion for African American studies.

Walter F. Anderson Award  (Breaking Ethnic Barriers)
The Walter F. Anderson Award recognizes contributions by alumni and friends who have advanced Antioch College’s ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers.
Nominees for this award have shown fortitude and effectiveness in promoting diversity within the Antioch community and beyond.  The award is named for Antioch’s longtime music department chair, the first African-American department head at a historically non-black institution of higher education.