DeCoursey Lecture Essay Contest (12/4/2010)

All full-time, undergraduate students currently enrolled at Trinity are invited to participate in the 2009-2010 DeCoursey Essay Contest. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive awards of $500, $250, and $100, respectively.

The DeCoursey Lecture Series at Trinity University brings renowned scientists and humanists to Trinity University to give a lecture and interact with the campus community. The 2009-10 DeCoursey Lecturer is Dr. Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, and recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. On February 1, 2010, Dr. Diamond will give the DeCoursey Lecture, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” in Laurie Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Each participant will submit an essay, written in response to or inspired by Diamond’s 2005 book, Collapse. One hard copy and an electronic WORD file of the essay are to be submitted to Dr. Diane Smith, Northrup Hall 410K, no later than 5 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2009.

The essay must be in 12 point Times New Roman Font and double spaced with 1” margins. The maximum word count is 3,000 words. The essays will be reviewed by Trinity faculty members who will narrow the pool to three essays, which will be forwarded to Dr. Diamond for his review. He will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, who will be announced at the beginning of the DeCoursey Lecture.

Questions? Contact Dr. Diane Smith, 999-7656 or


One thought on “DeCoursey Lecture Essay Contest (12/4/2010)

  1. I wanted to write an essay but this is a particularly bad time to do so since I am already swamped by so many other assignments, exams and projects due coming week.

    I hope a good number of students submit essays. Looking forward to hearing from Dr. Diamond.


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