New Hampshire Mensa MERF Scholarship Essay Contest

In other words, again, by power. To take the most conspicuous issue around which questions of free expression are being disputed on campus, the disinvitation of outside speakers always reflects the power of one group over another. When a speaker is invited to campus, it means that some set of people within the institution—some department, center, committee, or student organization—wants to hear what they have to say. When they are disinvited, shouted down, or otherwise prevented from speaking, it means another set has proved to be more powerful.

The 2009~2010 NH winners of chapter scholarships are:

   of Dunbarton, NH - NH first place winner, $500 of Bedford, NH - NH second place winner, $300

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But it isn’t simply the admissions process. The culture of political correctness, the religion of the fancy private colleges, provides the affluent white and Asian students who make up the preponderant majority of their student bodies, and the affluent white and Asian professionals who make up the preponderant majority of their tenured faculty and managerial staffs, with the ideological resources to alibi or erase their privilege. It enables them to tell themselves that they are children of the light—part of the solution to our social ills, not an integral component of the problem. It may speak about dismantling the elite, but its real purpose is to flatter it.

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The exclusion of class also enables the concealment of the role that elite colleges play in perpetuating class, which they do through a system that pretends to accomplish the opposite, our so-called meritocracy. Students have as much merit, in general, as their parents can purchase (which, for example, is the reason SAT scores correlate closely with family income). The college admissions process is, as Mitchell L. Stevens writes in Creating a Class, a way of “laundering privilege.”

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Diversity Essay Contest Solutionreach

of Hudson, NH - the National Jerry Salny Memorial Scholarship, $600.00
of Boscawen, NH - a Regional Grosswirth-Salny Scholarship, $500.00
of Hopkinton, NH - a Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship, $300.00

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In 2018, a century after World War One ended, many of those who fought for peace still have not received their due. Some 20,000 patriotic British men refused the draft, and mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell was among the vocal dissenters. He spent six months in jail for writing deemed subversive, later commenting that “this war is trivial, for all its vastness. No great principle is at stake, no great human purpose is involved on either side.” In our Spring 2011 issue, Adam Hochschild investigates the story behind the men “who argued for peace while the battles raged.”

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A self like this can seem unworldly, especially if the “real world” resembles a political culture that dismisses complexity and context as “academic.” But in a deeper sense, this is a worldly education, in the traditional way that humanistic education has always embodied. A good humanities education combines training in complex analysis with clear communication skills. Someone who becomes a historian becomes a scholar—not in the sense of choosing a profession, but in the broader meaning of developing the scholarly habits of mind that value evidence, logic, and reflection over ideology, emotion, and reflex. A student of history learns that empathy, rather than sympathy, stands at the heart of understanding not only the past but also the complex present.