2021 Essay Contest Winners

Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2021 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to the book Under A White Sky, by Elizabeth Kolbert.

2019 Common Reader Essay Contest

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future (2021) In Under a White Sky, author Elizabeth Kolbert presents readers with what she calls the “Anthropocene... Discover more Open to All First Year Students Westover has titled her book Educated, and much of her education...
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2020)

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2020)

Jose Antonio Vargas takes audiences deeper into his story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in person in over 20 years.