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The Moral Code Of Las, Bryant Dawson Jan 2014

The Moral Code Of Las, Bryant Dawson

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2014 Topic: 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 ...


Bologna And Blogs: A Student's Journey Towards Actualizing The Purpose Of His Higher Education, Andrew Erlandson Jan 2013

Bologna And Blogs: A Student's Journey Towards Actualizing The Purpose Of His Higher Education, Andrew Erlandson

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2013 Topic: Primed to Serve, a Benefit of a Liberal Arts Education


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 ...


Mediating Disconnected Communities With A Liberal Arts Education, Jennifer Redmond Jan 2012

Mediating Disconnected Communities With A Liberal Arts Education, Jennifer Redmond

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2012 Topic: Mediating the Disconnect: Liberal Arts as Inspiration for Activism

Virtually all news and media outlets frequently and urgently remind us that we are at a historic crossroads and that local and global societies and economies are facing extraordinary if not totally unprecedented challenges. Yet many of us tend to feel disconnected from these challenges, watching them as if they were a show that we are free to observe or ignore or as a set of problems others are responsible for solving, preferably without our involvement. In what ways has your experience at Butler moved you to and prepared ...


Metaphors Of The Market Economy And The Learning Community, Ben Sippola Jan 2011

Metaphors Of The Market Economy And The Learning Community, Ben Sippola

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2011 Topic: Education as Commodity: Liberal Arts Education in the Consumer Age

Contemporary higher education is increasingly dominated by the realities and metaphors of the market economy. Education is an investment or a product. Students are consumers. Admissions counselors are salespeople and professors deliver their customers goods and services. Write an essay about this mindset and how it has affected your education. Have your attitudes towards the commoditization of education changed during your time at Butler? Fundamentally, how can or should liberal arts education fit within this worldview?


Mastering The Digital Age: How The Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology Into Progress, Caleb Hamman Jan 2010

Mastering The Digital Age: How The Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology Into Progress, Caleb Hamman

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2010 Topic: "The Importance of the Liberal Arts in a Digital Age"

The immediacy and ease of publication is fraught with pitfalls and potential issues that provide new challenges for the next generation of readers, writers, and thinkers. Consider the place of your liberal arts education in this mix and write an essay in which you analyze how that education has better prepared you as a consumer of, contributor to, and critic of the texts that flow from new media outlets.


Learning The Art Of Creation, Farhad Anearzai Jan 2009

Learning The Art Of Creation, Farhad Anearzai

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2009 Topic: 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?


Dear President Obama: The Importance Of The Liberal Arts In Our Changeable World, Michelle E. Skinner Jan 2009

Dear President Obama: The Importance Of The Liberal Arts In Our Changeable World, Michelle E. Skinner

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2009 Topic: 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?


The Liberal Arts As A Way Of Being Humane, Mike Meginnis Jan 2008

The Liberal Arts As A Way Of Being Humane, Mike Meginnis

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2008 Topic:

The Reach for Coherence: The Value of Complementarity Among the Sciences and Humanities in Your Liberal Education


The Glory Of County Roads, Betsy Shirley Jan 2007

The Glory Of County Roads, Betsy Shirley

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2007 Topic:

What is the value of a liberal arts education in the 21st century?