Darla Ida Himeles '06, an English major, was awarded the 2018 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award at the 2018 Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting.
This award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Darla was selected from over 200 nominations.
From the AAC&U website:
Darla Ida Himeles is a doctoral student in English at Temple University, where she studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American poetry and multiethnic American literature. Her poetry chapbook, Flesh Enough (Get Fresh Books, 2017), is a lyric exploration of extinction and loss—animal and human. Both her scholarly and creative work are energized by investigating the relationship between activism and art, particularly with regard to ethnic American activist traditions. Her dissertation investigates how Jewish activist and interpretive traditions have shaped American activist poetry in the lyric tradition, particularly with regard to animal rights. She is the recipient of the Laura S. Dabundo Graduate Essay Award at Temple University; is associate editor of The Stillwater Review, a lyric-oriented literary journal; and her poems, translations, and essays have been published widely.
Darla and the six other scholars were recognized at the 2018 Association of American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting. At the meeting, the scholars were able to attend a session for college and university presidents, where she shared a table with one of her former professors, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy.