Tradition Spring 2021
Tradition Spring 2021

Alumni Moments

Historian Dr. Anasa Hicks ’07, honors Cranbrook Schools’ 2020 Cum Laude inductees

On October 21, 2020, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School honored its 2020 Cum Laude Society inductees with a virtual ceremony featuring a video from guest speaker and class of 2007 graduate, Dr. Anasa Hicks, professor of history at Florida State University.

Known as a fearless intellectual risk taker during her time at Cranbrook, Dr. Hicks today specializes in Latin American and Caribbean history with a special focus on Cuba. Hicks shared details of her professional path, which started when she earned a Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina, intent on becoming a journalist after a successful tenure as editor of the Crane-Clarion at Cranbrook.

When tragedy stuck the University of North Carolina campus during her freshman year, Hicks realized that journalism was not her calling and instead turned her attention to history, where she could learn and share stories that had shaped societies past and present. Cuba and neighboring countries in the Caribbean and Latin America inspired her scholarly imagination after she traveled to the island nation to improve her command of Spanish.

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2020 Elizabeth Bennett Reading

Fall Reading—Elizabeth Bennett Faculty Writing Grant

The Bennett Faculty Writing Grant is granted each year since 1984 to one faculty member to fund a two-year writing project. Miss Bennett is remembered by her students as having an intense and devoted interest in the use of the English language, and for her remarkable ability to inspire a precise and disciplined use of words in the written expression of thoughts and ideas and also for her love of poetry. Two of her former students from the Kingswood class of 1958, Caroline Cross Chinlund and Annie Sanders, initiated the fund and it has been supported over the years by many Kingswood graduates who share their reverence for the written word.

Grant recipients are selected through an application process that includes detailed plans for their course of study and process and writing samples. The faculty work culminates in a reading held in the fall. This year’s reading was livestreamed from Cranbrook House and attended by current students, faculty alumni and friends from around the globe. The livestreamed readings from grant recipients Sarah Appleton Pine (second year), and first-year recipient Rachel Applebaum brought much-needed connections across the community. Both readers are members of the English Department and part of our Kingswood residential staff.