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THE Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity AND LRN Announce the Winners of the 2013 Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

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New York, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and its exclusive corporate sponsor, LRN, have announced that Gavriel Brown, Yeshiva University, Class of 2014, is the first place winner of the 2013 Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics essay contest.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics is an annual competition that challenges college students in the U.S. to submit essays on the urgent ethical issues that confront us in today’s complex world.

“Today’s college students are listening to the ethical voices within. They are drawing on their memories and the lessons of their teachers, and are concerned with the morality of their private and public experiences. They are challenging us all to make a difference,” said Elie Wiesel.

Brown, an English major, won first place for his essay, “Losing Self, Finding Self.” He discusses his time volunteering at a shelter during Hurricane Sandy. “Often and with ease do we separate ourselves from the suffering of others,” Brown writes, conscious of the invisible and visible barriers between the evacuees and himself. Brown was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD.

Thousands of young people have participated in the Foundation’s Prize in Ethics essay contest since its inception in 1989. In November 2010, Yale University Press published “An Ethical Compass: Coming of Age in the 21st Century,” a collection of outstanding essays from the first two decades of the prize.

“There is so much needed attention and dialogue on how to reform our educational system to best equip our next-generation to thrive in a world that has fast become more complex, global, interconnected and interdependent,” said Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN. “The Elie Wiesel Foundation has long known that the best way to prepare our young people is to help them ask deep questions about the world, consider the ethical dimensions of their actions and decisions and realize their profound connectedness to those around them.”

Additional winners of the 2013 contest include:

  •     Second Prize: George “Lawson” Kuehnert for his essay, “Grace and Gasoline: Self-Immolations in Modern Tibet and the Ethical Limits of Nonviolent Protest,” in which he questions the ethical limits of nonviolent protest and if self-immolation is a moral good or simply the cause of unnecessary human suffering. Raised in Morganton, NC, he attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  •     Third Prize: Alyssa Hollingsworth for her entry, “Naan in the Afghan Village,” in which she eloquently describes her trip to an Afghan village and the hospitality, kindness, honor and deep hope for peace she found from the women there. From Alexandria, VA, she attends Berry College.
  •     Honorable Mention: Jamie Odom for her essay, “Sandwiched Dignity,” in which she discusses the ever growing class divide in the United States and the challenge of seeing the homeless as human beings. Raised in Tulsa, OK, she attends John Brown University.
  •     Honorable Mention: Lucinda Yang for her essay, “The Silent Color Red: A Historical and Biographical Approach to the Forced Abortions of Communist China,” in which she writes about Chinese abortion laws and how, what was initially proposed by the Chinese government as a proactive method for “national family planning,” has silently erupted into a humanitarian crisis. Raised in Cleveland, TN, she attends Lee University.

About The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest encourages students to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Submissions for the 2014 contest will open in the Fall 2013 Semester. The contest is open to undergraduate full-time Juniors and Seniors who are registered at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2013 Semester. All submissions to the essay contest are judged anonymously. A distinguished committee reviews the essays, and a jury headed by Elie Wiesel chooses the winners. Winning essays present intensely personal stories, originality, imagination, and clear articulation and genuine grappling with an ethical dilemma.

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About The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Elie Wiesel and his wife, Marion, established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity soon after he was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation's mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, is to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality. For more information: , “like” us on Facebook, or follow @eliewieselfdn on Twitter.

About LRN: Inspiring Principled Performance

LRN helps more than 500 companies worldwide navigate complex legal and regulatory environments, foster resilient, innovative and winning cultures, and inspire principled performance in their operations. Its combination of tools, education, metrics, and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable advantage. LRN's solutions have directly reached and guided over 15 million employees working in over 100 countries. LRN has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Mumbai.

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