Liberal Education Essay winners present their work
From Wisconsin's current political climate, to the inner workings of democracy, to?pit bulls; the winning entries in the Liberal Education Essay Contest covered a lot of territory. Prize-winning essayists Michelle Melotik, Diana Drevalas, and Joellyn Steinman presented their papers Wednesday as part of the UW-Parkside Writers Conference held in the Student Center.
Writers were asked to explore the following essay topic:
"Over the past two years, we have seen a Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election and a presidential race that both generated a great deal of civic discourse. How has your liberal education helped you process, develop informed opinions, and make decisions about what you see and hear and guided your participation as a citizen? How has your liberal education helped you interact with people with whom you disagree on the events that have taken place?"
Steinman's "Hail to the Underdogs: How I plan to use my liberal education advocating for pit bulls," showed her passion for causes and how she has used her liberal education to help empower herself as an advocate of difficult causes.
Drevalas read her essay, "The Democratic Process: From Education to Action," which the judges said eloquently shows a strong understanding of the intersections between political discourse and liberal education.
Melotik's winning entry, "The Fluidity of Politics," was "very strong in addressing the specific topic in ways that showed how she has applied the principles of a liberal education to difficult political conversations within her family. "She particularly focuses," they said, "on how recent politics in Wisconsin have impacted her family and their interactions."
Sponsored by the UW-Parkside Alumni Association, Wednesday's essay readers were introduced by Communication Professor Theresa Castor.
In the photo, Alumni Association representative Jim McPhaul and Professor Theresa Castor, left, stand with essay winners Michelle Melotik, Diana Drevalas, and Joellyn Steinman, far right. Alumni Association Directorm Peppy O'Neill is shown second from right.