Matthew Silberman from Princeton University was a Highly Commended Entrant in 2016 in the Philosophy category for his paper entitled “Generalizations about Danger, Dangerous Generalizations: A Comprehensive Model of Stereotype Avoidance”.
He also attended the 2016 Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, which he said was “the greatest gift”. You can listen back to his reflection on the 2016 Summit here.
Since then, Matthew has been busy working on Humans of Princeton, an ongoing photo-documentary project inspired by Humans of New York. You can check out all their amazing stories on Facebook and Instagram here.
After graduating from Princeton University this June, Matthew will spend a year working in Seoul at one of South Korea’s biggest newspapers, Joogang Ilbo, as a Princeton in Asia fellow.
He is currently writing this thesis on the moral responsibility of all Americans to combat racism, using a philosophical lens to understand systemic racism and implicit bias. When finished, Matthew hopes to create an easy-to-share version of his work. We wish him the best of luck with his thesis and look forward to reading it soon!