On May 15, 2016, the Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award, sponsored by University Library, was presented to Alex Azar, Else Erling, Bailey Garb, Allie Kreitman, and Hope Thomas as part of the Chicago History Fair. The students from the University of Chicago Lab School created a documentary, “Made for Children Everywhere: the Founding of Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System.” With a final score of 97, this project elicited the following comment from one of the judges:

I have judged History Fair projects for many years now, and rarely have I seen one as intelligent, well-researched, and powerfully argued as this one. The documentary starts with a very lurid exploration of the political world of Hull House women and moves extremely effectively into a wonderful depiction of the creation of Chicago’s juvenile court system. The thesis is significant and carries very well through this well-crafted documentary. Bravo!

According to Carol J. Callahan, Chicago Metro History Fair, “The best news is that this project was chosen to progress to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.! Alex, Else, Bailey, Allie and Hope will be joining 60 other competitors from Chicago History Fair in D.C. June 14-19, 2016.”

This award goes to a student or students who best who best use resources at Special Collections and University Archives at UIC, as determined by History Fair judges. Longtime readers of this blog may recall that the first Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award was granted a year ago.

Please join University Library in congratulating the winners and wishing them luck at the national competition in D.C.