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Dr. Lawrence Hatter’s Latest Book Receives Award

 

lawrence-hatter_114x132Dr. Lawrence Hatter, assistant professor of Early American History, was awarded the 2016 Walker Cowan Memorial Prize by the University of Virginia Press for an “outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies.”

The $5,000 prize is awarded annually to research in the histories of the Americas and the Atlantic World. Dr. Hatter’s study sheds new light on U.S. colonization of the Great Lakes region by exploring how merchants and traders engaged in the Montreal fur trade were able to exploit the ambiguity of American citizenship and British subjecthood in the decades following the American Revolution.

His first book, Citizens of Convenience: Empire, Nationhood, and the Northern Border of the American Republic, 1783-1820, will be published in early 2017.

Dr. Lawrence Hatter was interviewed by Theo Mynka, a Daily Evergreen columnist, for the article “Our education system measures up despite failures.” With data gleaned from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and from Pearson’s annual “Learning Curve” report, an index was created based on literacy, graduation rates, cognitive skills, and other factors.

Dr. Hatter, who studied in the U.K. for elementary school through undergraduate, commented on comparing education in the U.S. with that of education in the U.K.

Hatter said that one of the things he liked about the British education system was that it “focused exclusively on the specific subject.” This means that from an early age, one has the opportunity to focus on the subject that they would be pursuing a career in and does not have to spend time learning subjects they would not use in the future.

At the same time, having a broad education system is beneficial in creating more well-rounded and knowledgeable individuals. Hatter went on to say that it “does, also, narrow down your knowledge of broader subjects.”

Read the entire article article to gain insights of someone who has studied in both the United Kingdom and the United States.