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Video Instructions

  • Film a video of yourself responding to the essay prompt – limited to 2 or 3 minutes (on a cell phone or computer, filmed horizontally, speaking clearly)
  • Complete the information required and provide link to your video prior to the deadline provided for each lecture

Written Essay Instructions

  • Write 250-500 words and copy text directly into submission form.
  • Complete the information required prior to the deadline provided for each lecture.

Important Essay Competition Dates

January 23 Lecture: Social Justice

Maria Ressa, 2021 Noble Prize Peace Winner

Essay prompt:

Give an example of a time you came to someone’s defense and how you found the courage to stand up to a bully. Or write about a time you witnessed someone being bullied and did nothing; what would you do differently now?

  • Submissions due no later than February 10
  • Winners announced on February 16

March 8 Lecture: Civil Discourse and Debate

Dr. Arthur Laffer, Economist, Medal of Freedom Recipient, Reagan Advisor; Robert Reich, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Economist and Bestselling Author; Moderated by Rana Foroohar, Global Economic Analyst and Financial Times Columnist

Essay prompt:

Share a time you engaged in a civil conversation with someone who had a viewpoint different than yours. Please explain why you believe it’s important to keep an open mind.

  • Check back on March 14 for the essay prompt
  • Submissions due no later than March 31
  • Winners announced on April 7