Senior FCLC Jada Heredia Received the Jane B. Aron Memorial Award in Philosophy
On November 16, the Department of Philosophy at Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) awarded the Jane B. Aron Memorial Prize in Philosophy to Jada Heredia, FCLC ’22.
Established in 1983, the Aron Prize is a $ 2,000 scholarship awarded annually to a senior philosophy student at Lincoln Center in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in the field. The award was made possible by a Donation of $ 25,000 of the former director of the J. Aron Charitable Foundation, Jacqueline Morrison, in 1983 and named after Morrison’s mother, Jane Aron.
While last year’s ceremony was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year the department was able to return to the traditional presentation at its annual Sullivan conference. During the event, Heredia received a signed certificate and a signed copy of “Fieldwork in Familiar Places” from Michele Moody-Adams, Ph.D., guest speaker at the Sullivan conference.
“LC faculty are looking for students who stand out in one way or another beyond getting excellent grades in philosophy courses.” Jeff Flynn, Associate Chair of Philosophy
In addition to facilitating the presentation of the Aron Prize, the Sullivan Lecture, inaugurated in 1985, honored the late Daniel J. Sullivan, who taught philosophy at Fordham for over 50 years. The event was sponsored by the Department of Philosophy in conjunction with the Jesuit community at Fordham for several years and is now sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. Following the conference, Laura Auricchio, Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, hosted a reception where guests were able to discuss the presentation and congratulate Heredia.
“It’s very difficult to pick the winner,” said Jeff Flynn, associate president of philosophy for undergraduate studies. “We still have a lot of excellent students… (therefore) LC faculty are looking for students who stand out in one way or another beyond achieving excellent grades in philosophy courses. “
Recently awarded the Aron Prize, Miriam Ambrosino, FCLC ’17, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Stony Brook University. Recently, Ambrosino received the Lilly scholarship, which provides three years of funding for doctoral students to foster links between Christianity and higher education for academics in the humanities and the arts.
Another recent recipient of the award is Sanjana Rajagopal, FCLC ’18 and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’24. Rajagopal received his Masters of Philosophy from Fordham in 2020 and is currently pursuing his PhD. She focuses on political philosophy, in particular the work of Hannah Arendt, as well as the philosophy of religion. His writings on the meaning of Hindu philosophy have recently been published by the American Philosophical Association.
Flynn explained that the Faculty of Philosophy takes students’ graduate plans into account when deciding on the recipient of the Aron Prize, such as whether a student intends to pursue graduate studies after graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Heredia is currently enrolled in Fordham’s 5-year program Accelerated Master in Ethics and Society, taking postgraduate courses in philosophy during his final year.
Shiloh Whitney, associate professor of philosophy, explained that Heredia is “incredibly insightful and courageous to take big, ambitious swings in her paper projects that reach these ideas, ”and“ Her thinking takes a higher level of complexity. ”
“It was really difficult to follow his various lines of research and continue to offer what is essentially an introductory level course for other students. ” Jeff flynn
Flynn, who first met Heredia as a student in the introductory level course, Philosophical Ethics, also praised Heredia’s talent and said from day one he believed that she could succeed in her graduate studies in philosophy.
“It was really hard to keep up with his various areas of inquiry and continue to offer what is basically an introductory level course for other students,” Flynn said.
Continuing to praise Heredia as being exceptionally advanced for an undergraduate student, Flynn called her “no exaggeration … by far the most philosophically curious student I have ever taught (philosophical ethics) – always by pressing ideas and arguments in a very sophisticated way.