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Dalton '11 claims Shatz Prize

Sean Dalton ’11 has been selected the winner of the annual Shatz Prize, presented to the author of the best article to appear in Monitor, the College of William & Mary’s journal of international studies.

Dalton will receive the award on Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m., at the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies.

His essay was entitled “An Introduction to Islamic Finance: The Difference between the Islamic Economy and Islamic Finance.” It was published in the Winter 2011 issue.

Also being honored as the Haynes-Hankinson Award winner for best Monitor submission by a freshman, sophomore or junior, is Kylie Thorpe. Vice Provost Stephen Hanson, director of the Reves Center, will make the presentation to Thorpe.

Each winner receives a $100 gift certificate to the Book Store along with a certificate for framing.

Presenting Dalton with the prize will be its namesake, Virginia Gazette columnist Frank Shatz. A longtime friend of the College and especially the Reves Center, Shatz personally selects each year’s winner.

Shatz, author of the new book, "Reports from a Distant Place," a unique portrayal of survival during the Holucaust as well as a tale of hope and reinvented life, said he selected Dalton’s essay because it dealt thoroughly “with a subject that needs close attention because it affects not only Islamic societies, but also the global economy.”

As has been the case every year since the prize’s inception, Shatz said, selecting the winner was anything but simple.

“The quality of the essays published in the Monitor are extraordinarily high,” he said, “testifying to the intellectual rigor, hard work and writing ability of the authors.”