Annual James Middleton Essay Prize Celebrates Achievements in English Literature & History

November 6, 2018

Trent honours students for academic excellence in the humanities

Meghan Visser, James Middleton and Anna Krissie Ross

This year’s two winners of the James Middleton Essay Prize in Humanities are Meghan Visser, a joint major in English Literature and Philosophy, for her essay Fitzgerald’s critique of white supremacy, and Anna Krissie Ross, a History major, for her essay Power Legitimacy and Legacy – An Examination of Patronage Motivations in Renaissance Art and Scholarship

The awards were presented at a luncheon by Mr. Middleton to honour and celebrate the award winners.

“Both of these papers are clearly and beautifully written and fulfil the spirit of the award - that the knowledge creation of the humanities needs to be broadly shared beyond the classroom,” said Mr. Middleton about this year’s winners.

James Middleton established the prizes in 2004, with the understanding that the study of the Humanities is essential to a complete life experience and the ground for any career. Two prizes are awarded annually for outstanding essays by students in second or third year, who are pursuing Honours degrees in Ancient History & Classics, History, Philosophy, or English Literature.

For more information about the James Middleton Prize, and to read both award-winning essays, visit