Mairin O’Connor ’13 won a prestigious nation-wide college essay contest organized by the AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) among undergraduate students of Italian in North America.
O’Connor’s comparative essay “The Role of the Failed Detective in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Pledge and Leonardo Sciascia’s To Each His Own,” written for the course “Italian popular fiction: Il giallo” (ITAL310/COML310), won the award for best college essay written in English on an Italian topic.
The award ceremony will take place at the AATI annual conference, held this year in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (November 16-18).
An Italian major and International Studies minor, O’Connor is a student representative for the Department of Italian. Last April, she was awarded the Hester Ann Corner Prize for Distinction in Literature-Foreign Language.