David Nord Award
What is the David Nord Award?
Current Whitman College students, faculty members, and student/faculty teams are eligible to apply for this annual prize given for projects designed to address critical issues facing queer communities through a variety of creative and scholarly mediums. Preference is given to student proposals (download full brochure here: Nord Award Brochure 2011-2012).
Recipients of the award will receive up to $2,500 for a creative project or scholarly research such as:
- Creating an art exhibit
- Producing a video documentary
- Conducting quantitative or qualitative research projects
- Developing a collection of poems
- Writing a one-act play
- Focusing a senior thesis on queer issues
- Others, as appropriate
Proposals detailing the project should include:
- A brief description of the nature and scope of the project identifying the main issues or themes to be covered
- A brief rationale indicating why the project is important
- A project time line (starting with proposal due date and ending with public presentation) illustrating your ability to complete the project by the end of the academic year
- Name of applicant(s) and faculty adviser for student projects
Successful proposals have typically been 2-3 pages in length. The award recipient will complete the project and make a public presentation to the campus community before the end of the spring semester 2012.
About David Nord '83
David Nord graduated from Whitman College in 1983 with honors in political science. An active member of Phi Delta Theta, he was elected president of ASWC. A recipient of the Truman Scholarship and the U.S. Senate Leadership Award, he worked as an intern with U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson and served as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic Party Convention. David earned his master's degree in psychology from Antioch University and established a psychotherapy practice before becoming a full-time researcher and writer. He is the author of "Multiple Aids-Related Loss: A Handbook for Understanding and Surviving a Perpetual Fall." In November 1999, David died of AIDS. A generous and thoughtful alumnus, he established an endowment for this annual award prior to his death and attended the first presentation in 1996.
2010-2011 Crenshaw, R. (English) Queer Musings: The Art of Zestful Border Crossing. and Mina, L. (Gender Studies) Virtual Invisibility: Visual Representations of "Diversity" and "Queerness" on LGBTQ Political Organization Websites.
2008-2009 Thurman, D. (Gender Studies) Queer Women's Community at Whitman. Where the Hell is it?
2007-2008 Healey, S. (Sociology) Out and Proud? A Rural Community's Approach to GLBTQ Youth.
2006-2007 Martz, K. (German Studies & Gender Studies) Man Love, Spiritual Trannies, Androgynous Ambisexuals and Frat Boys: 150 Years of Gay Activism. and Spiering, C. (undeclared) Homosexuality: Who's At Risk?
2005-2006 Erickson, K. (Religion) What We Do Is Secret: Do-It-Yourself Sounds from the Queer Underground. and Espinoza, M. (Gender Studies) The Gender Fetish: Towards a Theory of Gender and Sexuality.
2004-2005 Johns, M. (Psychology) That's Not Ladylike! Effects of Femininity and Exposure on Homophobia in Women.
2003-2004 LeRud, N. (English) "This Beauteous Forme": The Spirituality of Donne's Holy Sonnets and Gay Reader Response and Paulsen, S. (Art) On Campus Dyke
2002-2003 Heinz, A. (History) Romantic Friendships and Girl Guides: Changing Conceptions of Female Friendships from 1890 to 1930
2001-2002 Maize, J. (Theatre) In One Room: Queer Conversations and Roberts, C. (Theatre) Female Impersonation: Homosexuality in China and England
2000-2001 Whittaker, K. (Politics) Gloria Anzaldua's Art of Living
1999-2000 Schumock, E. (Classics) Greek SeXXX: Why do We Care How the Greeks Had Sex?
1998-1999 Huddleston, A. (Politics) How the Gay Rights Lobby and the Christian Right Have Influenced Each Other Politically in the Past Decade
1997-1998 Dixon, K. (Politics and English) The Nature and Consequences of the Trials of Oscar Wilde
1996-1997 Peterson, K. (Politics) Courting the Queers: Colorado's Amendment Two and the Romers v. Evans Decision