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Undergraduate Essay Competition Opportunity

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) is pleased to welcome currently enrolled undergraduate students at Hawaii Pacific University  to participate in our annual scholarship essay competition. This year's contest, "Totalitarianism, Tweets, and Turf: Human Community in an Age of Techno-Globalism," invites essayists to examine and explore the nature of human community and to consider the challenges posed to it in our technological age.

An educational non-profit organization, ISI seeks to foster and facilitate the free exchange of ideas among students and professors on college campuses across the country. In addition to organizing lectures, debates, and conferences, ISI publishes books of interest to students and academic faculty, including the 3rd edition of the book featured in this contest, Robert Nisbet's The Quest for Community.

There is no cost to participate in this contest and every student who registers for the contest.  If you register after January 31st, you will receive a FREE e-copy of Robert Nisbet's The Quest for Community. The contest is a wonderful opportunity not only to compete for a $3,000 scholarship, but is also an occasion to read one of the seminal books of the 20th Century.

Essayists are asked to reflect on international politics, global economics, and the extraordinary technological advances of recent decades in light of the social, political, and anthropological premises of The Quest for Community. Is community as Nisbet presents it still necessary and desirable? How do the current barriers and challenges to establishing meaningful community compare to those he considers? Do our contemporary circumstances lend support to Nisbet's insights, undermine them, or suggest that they have been overtaken by events?

To register for the contest, students must email essaycontest@isi.org with their name, email address, mailing address, university name, and expected year of graduation. Essays should be no more than 2,500 words and will be judged on the basis of scholarship, imagination, and quality of writing. Essay submissions must be emailed or postmarked by March 18, 2011.

If you would like to forward this information to your colleagues and students, copies of the flyer have been made available from our website:  http://essaycontest.isi.org/. Please feel free to contact me by telephone at (302) 559-0983 or by email at nrizkallah@isi.org with any questions about the contest or about ISI in general. I am eager to talk with you about our wide range of programming and ways that ISI can work with you and your students to get the most out of a college education.