The Alexander Hamilton Institute has awarded the third annual Bakwin Fellowship to Mary Grabar, an instructor in English at Emory University. Dr. Grabar received her Ph. D. in English in 2002 from the University of Georgia.

The Bakwin Fellowship awards a stipend of $1600 for advanced research in regional archives and libraries on subjects that comport with the central concerns of the AHI as defined in its charter. The fellowship honors E. M. (Pete) Bakwin, a graduate of Hamilton College (1950) and the University of Chicago (1961).  Mr. Bakwin served as Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Bank in Chicago. A long-standing student of Western culture, his generosity has touched Hamilton College, the University of Chicago, Shimer College, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and many other institutions.

Dr. Grabar will spend July at the AHI researching George Samuel Schuyler (1895-1977), an African-American journalist who moved intellectually from socialism in the 1920s  to conservatism during the 1950s.  When contacted by the AHI about the award, Dr. Grabar expressed her delight “to have the opportunity to research and write about George Schuyler, the freedom-loving, anti-communist journalist and fiction writer whose voice has been muffled.  His singular perspective deserves respectful study and dissemination.  As a Bakwin Fellow, I hope to add to the discussion about American history and letters, particularly in the area of civil rights. I am honored by the invitation and look forward to my month engaged in exciting scholarship among the AHI family.”