Chestertown, MD, March 19, 2007 — The 2007 A.D. Emmart Award for exemplary writing in the humanities by Maryland residents has been awarded to Adam Goodheart, the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.
Goodheart will receive a $1,000 award in recognition of "Expanding on Jefferson," which appeared in an issue of The New York Times Magazine devoted to architecture.
The story explores the tension and controversy at the University of Virginia over plans to erect new buildings planned on a "South Lawn" near the world-renowned "academical village" designed by Thomas Jefferson.
The contest was open to stories published during the 2006 calendar year in newspapers and magazines that circulate in Maryland. Goodheart's article won out over more than 50 entries culled through by the Emmart Award judges' panel.
Two $250 honorable-mention awards also were issued, to Van Smith and Michael Anft for pieces published in the Baltimore City Paper andBaltimore magazine respectively.
Now in its 33rd year, the Emmart Award honors the journalistic legacy of A.D. Emmart (1902-1973), an esteemed reporter, editorial writer and arts critic for the Baltimore Sun.
Funded by the Abell Foundation, the contest is focused on "writing in the humanities" to reflect the range of Emmart's work covering topics in the arts, history, social sciences, ethics and religion.