Receiving the Sebastian Black Memorial Prize in English earlier this year, Julia Robinson got the impetus she needed to dive enthusiastically into her English studies. Julia is now in her third year of a BA in English and History, currently on an Auckland Abroad 360 Exchange to the University of Exeter. She says she is looking forward to returning to Auckland in June next year to begin her Honours degree in English.
“I love exploring the world through literature. Studying English allows me to ask some of life's big questions and think critically about the societies we construct as humans through history.”
The Sebastian Black Memorial Prize in English was established in memory of one of our most respected academics, whose reputation as a remarkable teacher and colleague inspired an outpouring of support, says Dean of Arts Professor Robert Greenberg.
Alumni, staff and friends have collectively met the goal to raise $10,000 to endow the prize in perpetuity. As further donations are received, the monetary gift awarded with the prize will be increased.
“It is our hope that Sebastian’s prize will encourage the bright young men and women who study here to continue their excellence in the study of English,” says Professor Greenberg.
“My sincere thanks go to all those who have given their support. Because of your generosity we can celebrate the life of Sebastian Black and continue his legacy by helping a deserving student to fulfil his or her academic dream.”
Sebastian Black was a highly valued academic and committed teacher in the Department of English of the Faculty of Arts for 34 years. He passed away early in 2015. His outstanding contribution began as a lectureship and finished as Deputy Head of the English Department.
The Sebastian Black Memorial Prize in English is awarded to the highest achieving full-time student in two stage 1 English courses.
Because of the support of alumni and staff members, this prize will now continue in perpetuity, helping talented students and continuing the legacy of an outstanding academic. Thank you.
Sebastian Black 1937 - 2015