David Adler ’14 Receives 6th Annual UGRA Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University Library is pleased to announce that David Adler ’14 is the recipient of the sixth annual Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Library Research, generously funded by Douglas W. Squires, ’73. This award, established in partnership with the Office of the Dean of the College, recognizes undergraduate projects that make extensive and creative use of the Brown University Library’s collections, including print and primary resources, databases, and special collections. On Monday, April 30th at 9am, the Library will present Adler with his award in the Absolute Quiet Room on Level A of the Rockefeller Library. A reception will follow.

David Adler’s paper “A Sergeant of Industry” led from a close study of the Hall-Hoag Collection of dissenting and extremist propaganda, to direct correspondence with Brian Bex of the American Communications Network, and involved the acquisition of new materials from Bex which Adler will donate to the Library.

In his paper, Adler argues that a top-down reading of the conservative movement is incomplete, as it often neglects grassroots organizers, like Brian Bex, who Adler calls “sergeants of industry.” As Adler explains, “The story of Brian Bex suggests that we might view the conservative revolution as the result of the cooperative efforts of the entire chain of command in the free enterprise army.”

Adler is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA, and a double concentrator in History & Economics. He works as a section editor for the College Hill Independent and as a Writing Fellow. During summer 2011, Adler worked with History Professor Naoko Shibusawa on an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award project, and he plans to study abroad at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi in the fall. He still owes the Brown Library $3.00 for extended use of a computer charger.

The Brown University Library is home to more than 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research, and learning needs of Brown students and faculty, as well as scholars from around the country and the world.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913

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