Oct 022013


Students in the Bard College network of institutions are invited to enter the 2013-2014 essay contest presented by the Center For Civic Engagement and the Hannah Arendt Center. Submissions may be either in the form of a 1,500-word essay or a two- to four-minute multimedia presentation.

The prompt is as follows:

What is it with youth today? Are they disengaged bystanders in the midst of a “civic recession,” active citizens with new understandings of citizenship, or something entirely different? Should education aim to form publicly-spirited citizens? In what ways could/should education encourage youth engagement?

Successful submissions will feature innovative thought presented in a clear, quality presentation. They do not require reference to any specific material. However, students are encouraged to explore the information surrounding this year’s Hannah Arendt Center conference titled “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis.”

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2013. For additional information, please visit http://www.bard.edu/civicengagement/essaycontest. For questions, please contact CCE associate director Erin Cannan at cannan@bard.edu.

Three first-place winners and several honorable mentions will be chosen. Students at the following institutions are encouraged to submit:

Al-Quds/Bard Honors College for Liberal Arts and Sciences; American University of Central Asia; Bard in Berlin; Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson); Bard College at Simon’s Rock; Bard High School Early Colleges (Manhattan, Queens, Newark); Bard Early College in New Orleans; Bard Prison Initiative campuses; Smolny College/Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University; and Bard’s other partners.

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