Competition Winner to be announced soon!

November 2, 2011
By Aisling Quiqley

WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! Thank you all for your submissions to the contest!

The Humanities Center at Carleton is delighted to have a new space! After years of being a “Virtual Center”, we are now a Center with a physical center: the Humanities Center (HC) office in Weitz 223! This space will help us to provide a locus for innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty and students and to foster, coordinate, and publicize diverse programming in the humanities on campus.

Our new space is wonderful in every way... except one: there are some very bare wall expanses in Weitz 223! SO – we are issuing a challenge to the Carleton Student Body:

Can you create a work of art that represents your vision of the humanities?  The study of the humanities—whether through the discipline of religion, history, philosophy, classics, languages, the arts or literature—is at the very core of a liberal arts education. Maybe you have been touched by a work of art, or your perspective on life has been altered by a book, essay, or story. Perhaps your worldview has shifted because of a profound engagement with a religious tradition or a philosophical argument. Maybe you are aware that a deeper understanding of the human condition has come about in subtle ways throughout your years at Carleton.... In any case, we would like to invite you now to put your ideas about the humanities into visual form.

THE REWARD will be the closest thing we can give you to eternal fame: The winner’s work will be hung on the walls of the Humanities Center Office, and it will be unveiled and celebrated at the opening reception of the “What Do the Humanities Look Like” show in the Weitz White Space in Winter term. A cash prize of $100.00 will also be awarded.

TO ENTER please bring your work of art to the HC Office by noon on Friday November 18, 2011. (You can bring it in earlier if you’d like!) We must be able to hang or display your creation in Weitz 223.  Questions should be directed to Susannah Ottaway ( You can view the space during the HC office hours, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:00-3:00, or by appointment.

The competition will be judged by the 2011-2012 Humanities Center Advisory Board: Carol Donelan, Andrew Fisher, Susan Jaret McKinstry, David Lefkowitz, Silvia López, Anna Moltchanova, and Louis Newman.