Should social media platforms be permitted to censor controversial speech?
This year’s essay topic reflects on the heated and ongoing discussions about the role of social media in American social life, elections, and democratic practice.
First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250
Essay should be approximately 1,000 words in length.Only essays from undergraduate students will be accepted. The winners will also be invited to a dinner hosted by the Center faculty.
The deadline for submission is March 15, 2019.
“Should the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—which states that ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside’—be repealed or modified to restrict more precisely the definition of who may claim citizenship?”
“Should the U.S. Electoral College be abolished, reformed, or left to the states to determine?”
“Are the goals of fostering freedom of speech on campus and of fostering a welcoming environment for all students incompatible?”