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Liz Moreno Chuquen receives 2018 Kibbee Prize

6/21/2018  8:00 am

Liz Moreno Chuquen, a PhD graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is this year's recipient of the Douglas A. Kibbee Prize. 

The Douglas A. Kibbee Prize was created by colleagues, friends, and students of Professor Douglas A. Kibbee in honor of his distinguished career and service as the first Director of the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, and on the occasion of his retirement in 2010.

The Kibbee Prize is awarded annually to the recipient of an SLCL Dissertation Completion Fellowship whose dissertation project is judged by the School's Executive Committee to be the most outstanding.

Liz's dissertation, "Forgotten Identities: Afroporteños Cultural Productions, 18th-20th Century Argentina," examines the presence of people of African descent in Argentina.

“I am so honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious award that recognizes the effort and work of me as a doctoral student but also my family, friends, and professors who always support me,” Liz remarked.

She also expressed her gratitude to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the U of I for supporting her research, and “their confidence on my project, ideas, and me as a student, especially when I have traveled to Argentina and worked there on my dissertation. Without their support, I would not have been able to develop my project.”

And, she said, “Thanks to the SLCL for its financial support for this coming academic year.”