Emily Bronswick receives 2020 Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2020 Hamod Scholarship recipient Emily Bronswick! Emily is a senior from Antioch, Illinois double majoring in History and Social Studies Education. She is also working on a Spanish minor and an All Social Studies Endorsement. Emily serves as co-president of PAWS UI (Promoting Animal Welfare in Society), volunteers at the food pantry on campus, and tutors at the City High Success Center. She has also worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant and a student ambassador for the College of Education. After Emily graduates, she plans on teaching high school history for several years before potentially pursuing graduate school.
Working to challenge the myths that the civil rights movement was largely confined to the South and that men were uniformly the people most important in driving the movement forward, Emily studies Black Iowa women’s activism during the civil rights era (which she defines as 1945-1965). Her thesis, “'I Felt if Things Didn’t Change, the World Would Come to an End': Black Iowa Women’s Activism During the Civil Rights Era, 1945-1965" explores not only how their activist work and the arguments they made were influenced by their gender, class, and positionality as Midwesterners, but also how they helped shape for the better the Iowa in which we all now live.