In honor of Christopher Ballantyne (’82), an artist, musician, and world traveler who spent his early years in Rio de Janeiro. Christopher died unexpectedly in 2017 at age 59. The prize was established in his honor by his father, Robert Ballantyne (’49), his sisters, brother and their families, and close friends. Christopher was a gifted linguist with a degree from the Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas (Rio de Janeiro) and an M.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian literatures from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Prof. K. David Jackson.
For an outstanding essay to be written in Spanish on any subject in Spanish Literature and/or culture. The paper is to be written in acceptable Spanish; however, it will be judged mainly for the originality and importance of the ideas presented therein. All undergraduates studying Spanish at Yale are eligible to compete.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Albert Bildner, Yale Class of 1937, Prizes in Latin American Languages and Literatures for undergraduates in Yale College. Four prizes of $500 will be awarded for high achievement in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and in Latin American Literature.