2016 Common Reader Essay Contest
The First Year Seminar contest is open to all first year students. After reading, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, take some time to reflect on what you learned and submit an essay for a chance to win money and the opportunity to ask a question of the author when she is on campus, Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Discuss how you see the similarities and differences in the perception and treatment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and of Muslim Americans following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and current events related to ISIS. How does the treatment of Japanese Americans then inform the way you think about Muslim Americans today?
PART A: Essays will be judged on use of textual evidence, originality of thought and clarity of prose. The completed essay should contain no more than 750 words, double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, and including a heading that states the title of the essay, your name, and the best way to contact you.
PART B: Author, Julie Otsuka will visit UD on Wednesday, September 21st. Please submit a question for her, based on what you’ve read in her book.
PRIZES: 1st Place = $300 2nd Place = $150 3rd Place = $100 4th Place = $50
Essays and questions are due no later than Midnight on September 11, 2016.
Send material as an email attachment to: FYE-Essay@udel.edu, and write “FYE Essay Contest” in the subject line. To be considered for the awards, you must complete and submit both parts A and B above by the deadline.