This annual essay contest awards a $1000 scholarship to the university of North Dakota student who submits the best essay on a question related to the theme Capitalism and the Public Good.
By establishing this award, Dr. Glassheim hopes to encourage critical analysis of capitalism’s claims, especially: whether there is such a thing as a self-regulating “market” based on self-interest; whether corporate capitalism functions by different rules than small scale capitalism; and whether unregulated capitalism is good for the economy, the environment, and the common good.
The contest is non-partisan and prioritizes no specific ideological position. IPPL welcomes all submissions as long as the essay is representative of thoughtful reflection and critical evaluation of the contest themes.
This contest is only open to students who will be enrolled at The University of North Dakota during the academic year following the submission deadline. The prize is awarded as a scholarship.
Questions about the contest should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s competition has concluded.
The 2024’s Question will be announced in October, 2023.
Entrants must be enrolled as a UND student in 2023-2024 (either part-time or full-time, as an undergraduate, graduate, law student or medical student). Only one’s own work can be submitted, and group essays are not eligible. Essays must be original, never published, and be between 1500 and 2000 words. Prize money will be dispersed through UND in the form of a scholarship.
click on the title to read past winning papers:
“Are economic sanctions a moral substitute for war?”
Omar K. Jozilan
“Do the events of 2020 show that capitalism does more harm than good or is it
the best solution for what ails us?”
Yao Parnell Ntifafa
“Should American multinational companies abide by local standards or promote American values?
“Do people today confuse having stuff with well-being?”
Sarah K. Kuhn
“Does what we buy represent who we are?”
Matthew Scott Johnson.
“Will making college free, improve education?
Eliot Glassheim’s father was a businessman, a Rockefeller Republican. His mother, a special education teacher, was a Democrat. From them, he learned he learned the art and potential of compromise, the importance of respect and decency in public life, and the rightness of listening to people who might think differently.
For more than four decades, that has been the Eliot Glassheim way in Grand Forks. He brought those two parts of himself here from his New York origins, not as hobbling contradictions but as a template for honest engagement in public life. As a poet, philosopher, Educator, bookseller and activist—as a long-serving City Council member and state legislator—he has earned the title he prizes above all others, that of citizen.
He enjoys vigorous argument, but there is no spite, no dishonesty in it. He craves engagement despite an enduring shyness, and he listens actively, never passively. He can be eloquent and self-deprecating, New York urbane and North Dakota nice, and he is among the best at making a serious point with humor. He has taken to radio, TV and newspaper editorial pages, as well as to the City Council chambers and the floor of the North Dakota House of Representatives, to defend the idea of self-government at a time when many see government as the source of their problems, not the answer.
He literally wrote the book on the essential role of kindness in public life: Sweet Land of Decency: America’s question for a more perfect union.
We are a better community for it, and we say: Well done, citizen Glassheim.
— Written by Chuck Haga, from Eliot Glassheim: A Day of Recognition, May 2, 2015.
Some books that influence Eliot’s thinking:
He was particularly influenced by the 1957 film version of the Crucible, co-written by Jean-Paul Sartre.