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Joanna Hejl

Joanna Hejl

Joanna Hejl, a junior from Lincoln, has been named the University of Richmond’s first-ever Beinecke scholar.

Eighteen out of more than 130 nominees were selected for this prestigious award, which provides recipients with $34,000 to support graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Hejl is double majoring in American studies and political science and minoring in history. She plans to earn a doctorate in either American studies or history and pursue a career in the public humanities, which focus on engaging diverse publics in their history as related to current conditions of civic and cultural life. Her interests include education, museums and media.

“I look forward to putting history, especially that of racism and exclusion, to work in the field of public humanities,” said Hejl. “I believe that by finding ways to share the legacies of racist practices that mar our communities, I will help others understand why there are still problems that must be addressed.”

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