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The Center for Civic Engagement and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College are sponsoring this year’s essay contest for students in the Bard network. Students can submit essays or multimedia work in response to the following prompt:
What is it with youth today? Are they disengaged bystanders in the midst of a “civic recession,” active citizens with new understandings of citizenship, or something entirely different? Should education aim to form publically-spirited citizens? In what ways could/should education encourage youth engagement?
Submit a 1,500-word essay or a two- to four-minute multimedia piece that addresses the following: Are youth today "political dropouts"? Are they disengaged bystanders or active citizens with a new understanding of citizenship, or something entirely different? In what ways could/should education encourage youth engagement?
Three first-place winners will be chosen along with honorable mentions from Bard’s network institutions.
Successful submissions will include:
The 2013–14 Essay Contest reflects questions being discussed at this year's Hannah Arendt Center Fall Conference, titled "Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis," which asks if we can reinvigorate the cultural and educational institutions that have nurtured public-spiritedness. Participants in this year's essay contest can explore the prompt using questions and materials from the conference, which can be found on the Arendt Center website.