The Sidney Prize Honors Those Doing Good Work For Humanity

The Sidney Prize honors those doing good work for humanity. Awarded at a variety of levels, including writing contests and activist awards, these prizes help to inspire people to pursue their dreams and make an impactful change in the world.

The winner of the 2023 Sidney Prize, awarded for an outstanding article in SHOT’s journal, The History of Science, was an essay by Andrew Glew entitled “The Continuity of History.” This essay explores the ways in which the continuities of history are maintained even when the underlying narrative of how those continuities came about has changed.

SHOT’s award and fellowship winners are announced every January and honored at a special ceremony at our annual conference. Each year the Society names a Leonardo da Vinci Medal and Melvin Kranzberg Dissertation Fellow, as well as an Sidney Edelstein Prize (formerly known as the Dexter Prize), to commemorate the memory of the late Sidney Edelstein, founder of the Dexter Chemical Company and a recipient of SHOT’s Dibner Prize.

This year’s Sydney Peace Prize Lecturer is Iranian-born human rights activist and actress Nazanin Boniadi, who was awarded the prize in recognition of her courageous campaigning for fundamental change in Iran. Nazanin will deliver her lecture on Thursday 2 November at the Sydney Town Hall.

As a young man, Sidney Poitier was already an established movie star when he appeared in the 1959 blockbuster Porgy and Bess. The film’s all-star cast and lavish production boosted opportunities for black actors at the time, but it was Poitier’s performance that truly cemented his status as one of Hollywood’s top stars.

In the years that followed, he won numerous accolades and accolades for his role in the film, including the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was an icon who was seen as the face of the era’s civil rights movement, a figure who helped to bring about racial integration in films and television.

The Sydney Prize, named in honor of the late Dartmouth professor Sidney Cox, memorializes his profound influence over thousands of students both inside and outside his classes. It is given annually to undergraduate writing that best adheres to his high standards of originality and integrity. This year’s winning entry was Sophia Jactel’s paper, “Domesticity and Diversions: Josef Israels’ The Smoker as Symbol of Peasant Culture and Home in Nineteenth-Century Holland.”

A prize is an innovative way to honour those doing amazing things for humanity. Whether through a writing contest, activism or science awards, these prizes serve to inspire people to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact in the world. They are also a great way to celebrate the achievements of those who deserve it. Keep up to date on winner announcements, Calls for Entries, Sidney’s Picks and more by signing up. It’s free!

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