Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest,
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to
participate in our annual liberal education essay contest during
the academic year 2012-2013. The contest is open to all Butler
University undergraduate students, and the student who writes the
winning essay will win a $1000 prize. Past essay contest
winners are not permitted to enter the contest. The
winning essay will be posted on the Liberal Arts and Sciences
website and its author will be honored at Awards Day on April 6,
The submitted essays will be judged by a committee of Butler
University faculty drawn from various disciplines, and members of
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.
The prompt for this year's essay is:
Primed to Serve, a Benefit of a Liberal Arts
In Professor Marshall Gregory's forthcoming book, Good Teaching
and Educational Vision: Not the Same Thing as Disciplinary
Expertise, he writes of the importance of "[making] some kind of
positive contribution to the world: to do something to make the
world more sensible or more peaceful or more civil or more
intelligent, and more congenial to human flourishing." Write an
essay that analyzes how your liberal arts experiences (in your core
and major classes, your community requirements, your service work,
or other experiences) have inspired or prepared you to make similar
sorts of positive contributions to rationality, peace, civility,
intelligence, or human growth.
Limit yourself to 1000 words and submit your essay as an
attachment by January 31, 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The format of your paper should conform to the following
- Single spaced
- One inch margins
- Twelve point font
- Conventional book-print fonts, such as Times, New Times Roman,
Lucinda Bright, etc. No novelty fonts.
- Title your attachment Lastname_FirstNameLAScontest.doc.
- Make sure that your e-mail includes contact information (name,
address, phone number, email address). Do not include your name or
contact information within the file, as these essays will be
Your submission will almost certainly be richer if you avail
yourself of the resources and commentaries posted at the Liberal
Arts Matters web site. You are not expected necessarily to agree
with these commentaries or to quote from them, but reading them
will certainly help deepen and vary your thinking about the topic.
Please note that by submitting an entry, you are giving us
permission to post your essay on the Liberal Arts and Sciences web