Students Win Prizes for Ethics Essays

April 27, 2010

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual First Year Ethics Essay Contest:

First Place and winner of $200: Rachel Petrack, a sophomore philosophy major, for “Complicity: What it is and Why it Matters.”

Second Place and winner of $100: Elizabeth Haase, a sophomore undecided major, for “Emotional Complicity.”

Third Place and winner of $75: Amy Morton, a sophomore undecided major, for “Releasing Complicity.”

This year, the prompt the first years had to write on was “What does it mean to be complicit? How do you define complicity? In your essay you might want to reflect on a specific personal experience or interest: how have you or others been complicit? You could also connect complicity to a theme related to your FSEM. Good essays discuss different possible interpretations of complicity and address the ethical implications of the topic on both individual and universal levels.”

The essays were judged by Jon Moody, professor emeritus and former Foote Chair in Ethics and director of the Center for the Study of Ethics and Values. The students who ran the contest were Caroline Christoff ’12, Karen Cover ’10 and Jared Wolschlager ’11.

This contest is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Values and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.

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