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Bethlehem, Pa., October 4, 2005—Allison McBride (Forest City, Pa.), a member of the Class of 2005 who graduated with Honors in history, has won the annual Harold K. Schneider Prize for best undergraduate paper from the Society for Economic Anthropology. McBride will receive a cash award, publication of her monograph, and an invitation to present her paper at the society’s 2006 meeting at the University of California at Berkeley.
Slightly abridged but essentially unchanged from her Honors project, her paper is called “Women Industrial Workers and Community Development Organizations in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez Region: A Study of the Centro de Orientación de la Mujer Obrera and La Mujer Obrera.” Her advisor was Dr. Karen Y. Morrison, assistant professor of history (Caribbean and Latin American history).
McBride is currently working in Philadelphia for the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, a private, non-profit alliance created in 2000 to mark the 300th anniversary of Franklin’s birth in 2006. Its five member organizations are the American Philosophical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, and the Art Museum of Philadelphia. Rosalind Remer, former associate professor of history at Moravian, is executive director of the Tercentenary, overseeing local, federal, and international initiatives.
McBride is a writer and translator for the Tercentenary project. The centerpiece of the event is Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, a traveling exhibit that opens December 15 at the National Constitution Center and then goes to St. Louis, Denver, Houston, Atlanta, and finally Paris in 2008. McBride helped translate major parts of the exhibit texts into Spanish for Latino visitors. She also is one of three authors of a teachers’ guide to the exhibit
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