Each year, the World Languages & Cultures Department holds an essay competition exploring the dynamic relationship between community and humanitarian service, education and leadership, particularly in the context of how these can improve our world.
The contest is open to students who are majors or minors in the department as well as to alumni. Essays are written in any of the languages represented by the department (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Spanish). American Sign Language is also an invited subject.
This year the writers were asked to submit essays that responded to the following quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein: “The limits of my language are the limits of my world”.
From the submissions, two first-place essays were chosen: “Life Because of Language” by Fabiola Mejia and “El poder del idioma” (The Power of Language) by Fredy Javier Rodríguez Díaz; the first, written in English; the other, in Spanish. Each author will receive $150.00 and publication. Second prize goes to “Creating Bridges” by Ruthann Sterling for $75.00, and third prize is “A Successful Struggle” by Terrell Greene for $50.00.