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LLILAS Faculty Receive Hamilton Book Awards

Posted: October 28, 2013

Congratulations to Professor Julia E. Guernsey (Department of Art and Art History) and Professor Robin Moore (Butler School of Music) for recognition by the Robert W. Hamilton Book Author Awards Program.

Professor Guernsey’s book, Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica (Cambridge University Press), is the 2013 first prize winner. This innovative work intertwines art history, archaeology and anthropology to explore, for the first time, the social role of sculpture during the Preclassic period in Mesoamerica and its impact on expressions of social identity.

Musics of Latin America (W. W. Norton & Company), edited by Professor Moore, is one of four additional prize recipients. This anthology provides a comprehensive survey of the musically diverse Latin American region and emphasizes the use of music as a tool to understand culture and society. The analysis of musical genres, provided by each author, examines the historical and cultural trends that shaped them.

The Hamilton Book Awards are one of the highest literary honors that recognize published authors at The University of Texas at Austin. Awards are made to faculty or staff whose book-length work is determined to  be the best of the preceding calendar year by a multi-disciplinary committee appointed by the UT Vice President of Research. First prize award is $10,000 and four additional awards prizes are $3,000 each. These are named in Honor of Robert W. Hamilton, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair Emeritus in Law, who served as chair of the University Co-op for 12 years.

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