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...

2018 Common Reader Essay Contest Winners

Lab Girl (2018) Lab Girl Hope Jahren   Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab... Discover more Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2018 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to book Lab Girl by Hope...

2018 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     On page 29 author Hope Jahren writes: “Science has...