CFUW Linda Souter Humanities Award 2020-2021


Value: $6,000

Inaugurated in 2015, the award is named to honour Linda Souter, the only Canadian member of CFUW that has served both as President of CFUW and Graduate Women International (formerly known as International Federation of University Women, IFUW).

Awarded to a masters or doctoral student studying in the area of the Humanities. Generally, study in the Humanities is theoretical and does not involve empirical methodology. The Humanities could include the following: English Language and Literature, History, Languages Study, Classics, Philosophy, Film Studies, Communication Studies, and Culture Studies.

2020-2021 Winner:

Desirée ValadaresDesirée Valadares

  • B.Arts Sc. (Combined Hons), Arts and Science and Art History, 2009, McMaster University
  • M.L.A. Landscape Architecture (Professional Design Degree), 2013, University of Guelph
  • M.Arch. Urban Design and Housing (Post-Professional Research Degree), 2015, McGill University
  • Ph.D. Architectural History, 2015-2021, University of California, Berkeley 

Desirée is a practicing historical landscape architect and interdisciplinary writer with a focus in critical ethnic studies, legal geography and environmental history.

Her dissertation is attentive to federal preservation policy and cultural heritage law as it intersects with Indigenous land claims/ Aboriginal title and Asian North American (Japanese American + Canadian) redress and war memory. She places her legal/geographic focus on two former U.S. territories (Hawai’i and Alaska) and unceeded lands in Canada’s westernmost province (British Columbia).