Intellectual Heritage

Essay and Photo Contests

Photo Contest Feed


The Mosaic curriculum introduces students to intellectually and culturally influential books, ideas, and movements from antiquity to the modern day, and from around the world. In Mosaic seminars students come to see that in their own lives they often encounter or call on concepts drawn from these texts and traditions. The Intellectual Heritage Program and the Temple University Bookstore have partnered to offer two contests that showcase the sorts of connections students make in Mosaic every day.

Both contests are open to all students enrolled in Mosaic I or II in spring 2014. You may enter one or both contests.

Essay Contest

Submit an essay of 1,000 words or fewer in which you answer the following questions:

(Students taking Mosaic II may choose a book read in either Mosaic I or II.)

At the top of the first page, please indicate your name and the number of your current section of Mosaic.

All entries must be in Microsoft Word (.docx, .doc, .rtf or .wps) format or Pages for Mac (.pages) format or text (.txt) format. Please do not submit entries in .odt or pasted directly into the body of your email message.

Please double-space your essay.

Submit your essay as a single email attachment to the following email address:

All entries must be received no later than April 15, 2014.

Photo Contest

Take pictures that convey or evoke an important idea or emotion or question in a book from Mosaic I or II. Caption your images(s) with a relevant quotation from that book.

(Students taking Mosaic II may choose a book read in either Mosaic I or II.)

All photos or photo collages must be your original work.

You may add any effects or filters you want.

You may upload as many photos or photo collages as you want.

Quotations should run no longer than a few lines. They must be taken (accurately) from the edition required for your course.

All entries must be received no later than April 15, 2014.


The winner of each contest will receive a $300 gift card to the Temple University Bookstore


The winning essay and the winning photo or photo collage will be chosen by a panel of faculty and peers.


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