Osborne P. Wiggins Book Prize

2023 is the first year that the Philosophy Department honored an outstanding graduate in Health Care Ethics with a new award, the Osborne P. Wiggins Book Prize. The award was given in collaboration with the Department of Comparative Humanities because Prof. Wiggins did so much to build both programs. It was given to an outstanding student in both programs, the Health Care Ethics MA program and the Humanities PhD program. The book was chosen with both Prof. Wiggins and the winning student in mind; this year, on the MA in Health Care Ethics side, Andrew Givens was selected as the winner. Andrew received a copy of Phenomenology of Illness, by Havi Carel. A plate was placed inside the book specially designed by Humanities PhD student, Erica Lewis. 

Award Year  Award Recipient
2022-23 Andrew Givens - In May, 2023, Andrew completed an MA in Health Care Ethic alongside a Post-BA-Pre-Medical Degree. In his time in our program, he's worked as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Biology, as a Monitor Technician at University of Louisville Hospital, as a Patient coordinator at Baptist Health and Norton Health Care, while also completing an internship at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMDPHW) examining maternal-child health in Jefferson County. Andrew has dedicated both his personal and academic work toward addressing inequities, particularly but not exclusively those facing LGBTQ+ individuals in the community. Outside of his academic work, he has contributed in numerous ways over the years to efforts at racial justice and refugee resettlement, including teaching English for a year through Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Andrew embodies the spirit of the Osborne P. Wiggins Book Prize. We are so proud of all his accomplishments and can't wait to see what he does next.