The Julian Clement Chase Prize Award Ceremony and Reception

for Undergraduate Research Writing about Washington D.C.

photo of the head and shoulders of Reuben Jackson, poet. He has brown skin and short gray hair and beard. He is smiling.
Keynote speaker poet Reuben Jackson

The 2019 Prize is awarded to Adam Graubart, for “Pursuing Tzedek: D.C. Synagogues Building Movements for Social Justice,” his senior thesis for the Human Services and Social Justice Program.

The keynote will be delivered by DC poet Reuben Jackson, archivist with the University of the District of Columbia’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives. Reuben’s poetry has appeared in over 40 anthologies. His collection of new and selected poems, Scattered Clouds, was published this week by Alan Squire Press. It contains the complete text of his award-winning first book, Fingering the Keys, and his nationally lauded poem, “For Trayvon Martin.”

The Julian Clement Chase Prize is named in honor of Sgt. Julian Clement Chase, 22, a native of Washington, D.C., who graduated in 2008 from D.C.’s Wilson High School. While serving with the United States Marine Corps, he was killed in action in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. He was set to matriculate as a freshman at GW in Spring 2013. Julian knew and relished his city. His family has established this prize in his honor to recognize others who explore D.C. with the intelligence and exuberance that he did.


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