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Liberal Arts Matters

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2013 - 2014

Congratulations to Bryant Dawson, the winner of the 8th annual Liberal Arts Essay Contest! The contest offers students the chance to reflect on the value of a liberal arts education. The prompt for the 2013-14 Contest was . . .

Somewhere Between Right and Wrong

The distinction between what is right to do and what is callous or offensive marks many of our decisions and can shape our lives and the lives of those affected by our actions and attitudes for better or worse. Moral choices are pervasive; we encounter them in the occupations on which we may embark, the research we may perform, and the lives that we lead. There is no universal agreement on the principles that should guide our moral choices (e.g. many tend to equate what is right with personal advantage or with some religious or political ideology). Articulate and analyze the ways by which your Butler Experience (Core and Major Classes, Community and Cultural Requirements, Study Abroad, Service Activities, and so on) has helped you to gain personal insight into the distinction(s) between what is right and what is wrong.

Read Bryant's winning essay,"The Moral Code of Liberal Arts."