Maria Trybus '26 Receives Adam N. Brown '97 Award

The Adam N. Brown '97 Memorial Fund is an endowment established at Dartmouth College by the family and friends of Adam Brown, Class of 1997, to celebrate his life and perpetuate his energy, innovation, and enthusiasm. Adam was a prospective major in Geography when he died of cancer in 1994.

The Adam N. Brown '97 Memorial Award in Geography is administered by the Department of Geography. The award is presented to recognize the best written work in Geography in an academic year. In accordance with the wishes of the family and the faculty, the student need not be a major in Geography. The names of the successive recipients of the award will be engraved on a plaque displayed in the Geography Department.

This year's competition was fierce, with 9 fantastic submissions of written work from the various classes. We are pleased to announce the winner, Maria Trybus '26, who wrote an outstanding paper for Professor Luis Alvarez Leon's Introduction to Geospatial Thinking course titled "For The Land Where…" Analyzing the Interplay between Polish Romantic Poetry and Geospatial Thinking. This paper exemplifies the original combination of literary analysis and foundational concepts in geographic theory, such as land, territory, scale, and boundaries. By analyzing key poetic texts from 19th Century Polish Romanticism, Maria Trybus shows the centrality of geographic thinking to the struggle for the liberation of Poland and the construction of its national identity. Trybus then successfully translates her insights into the graphical medium by assembling collages illustrating each of the poems analyzed, lending the paper outstanding analytical and creative richness.