Liberal Arts Education Essay Contest
2008 - 2009
Imagine that you had an hour to spend with President-elect Obama
and your task was to make sure he understood the nature and value
of a liberal arts education. What would you say to him?
Using this prompt as a starting point, the writer has the
opportunity to imagine influencing the views of the President-elect
on the eve of his inauguration, to speak to the centrality and
importance of liberal arts education for an informed citizenry or
perhaps to emphasize the relevance of liberal arts education to
domestic or international issues he will be facing as President
over the next four or eight years.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences Essay Committee selected two
winners for the 2008-09 contest. Congratulations to both
Farhad Anwarzai and Michelle Skinner!
Farhad Anwarzai: Learning the Art of Creation
Michelle Skinner: Dear President
Obama: The Importance of the Liberal Arts in Our Changeable