I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been awarded the 2018 UIC Graduate College Provost’s Graduate Research Award (PGRA). This competitive award supports graduate students in conducting multi- and inter-disciplinary research beyond the support of their assistantships. My project, entitled “Ivan Illich and the Rhetoric of Deschooling,” intends to research the arguments made by Illich against schooling, as well as others who contributed to and influenced Illich’s influential critique of formal, compulsory education. This award will support my travel to the Penn State University Illich archives in the Spring of 2019, as well as an opportunity to meet with the editors of the International Journal of Illich Studies at PSU. My then intend to present my research, in draft form, with the Ivan Illich SIG’s roundtables at the AERA 2019 Conference in Toronto. The PGRA will help support my travel and accommodations for this research. Thanks to everyone who helped me develop my winning application!