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Columbia College's Daniel Immerwahr Selected for 2002 Marshall Scholarship

By James Devitt

Daniel Immerwahr, CC '02

Daniel Immerwahr, CC '02, has been selected by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission to receive one of the 40 Marshall Scholarships for 2002. Immerwahr, a history and philosophy major, will study modern history for the next two years. He is hoping for a placement at Cambridge University or the Queen's University in Belfast.

"I plan to come back to the United States after Britain and try to get a Ph.D. in U.S. history," said Immerwahr. "I am interested in becoming an historian, so going to the United Kingdom will give me a broad background that I hope to apply to more focused Ph.D. work."

The Marshall Scholarships, which annually fund two years of study at a U.K. university for up to 40 American students, were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1953 and commemorate the ideals of the Marshall Plan. They are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in the U.K.

Immerwahr's history thesis is an account of a "culture of consensus" in Levittown, Long Island, from 1947 to 1963. His primary research was supported by the History Department's Robbins Fellowship for Summer Research, which he carried out under the supervision of history professor Elizabeth Blackmar.

"Most of my research was done in the Levittown public library, where they have a complete collection of local newspapers," said Immerwahr. "I interviewed a number of residents who have remained in Levittown since the 1940s and 1950s, and I also located some other archives in churches and one synagogue."

Immerwahr's father, John, is a philosophy professor and associate vice president for academic affairs at Villanova University. His mother, Paula Sepinuck, writes and directs theater for social change. Daniel's brother, Adam, is a freshman at Brown University.

Immerwahr, a member of the Undergraduate History Council and a co-founder of the Undergraduate Philosophy Forum, was one of 13 Ivy League students selected for 2002 scholarships.

Published: Dec 12, 2001
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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