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Robert Caro ’53 Presents Literary Excellence Prize to Liliana Greyf ‘22


At a June 6th luncheon in the garden of the Head of School’s residence, HM alumnus, Pulitzer Prize winner, and acclaimed author-historian Robert Caro ’53 joined administrators and faculty to bestow the prize established in his honor upon graduating senior Liliana Greyf. The 2022 competition was robust for the Robert Caro ’53 Prize for Literary Excellence in the Writing of History. A total of 27 submissions were received, and while many of the papers were extraordinary, Liliana's essay was the consensus winner for her exemplary work, "AIDS Does Not Discriminate," But Memory Does:  How History Unified and Whitewashed the AIDS Epidemics of New York City. 

Members of the Upper Division History Department, Caro’s family, members of the Class of 1953, and previous winners Annabelle Xing ’21 and Jessica Rosberger ’20 were on hand to celebrate the excitement that surrounds the literary competition. As Upper Division history teacher Barry Bienstock explained, “Happily, the creation of the Robert Caro Prize has increased the number of semester and full-year research essays. Students report how much they enjoy working on their papers. They feel a sense of ownership about their research topics.”