SRU students encouraged to 'Shout Out for the Humanities'


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Slippery Rock University’s Stone House Center for Public Humanities is seeking submissions from any SRU student for the “Shout Out for the Humanities” contest. Deadline is Oct. 20 and the entries will be judged and showcased Oct. 26.

Oct. 12, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Attention Slippery Rock University students: if you think the humanities are important get ready to shout why from the mountaintops, or at least the second floor of the Smith Student Center. If your message is a winner, you could grab one of several cash prizes.

SRU's Stone House Center for Public Humanities is seeking submissions from students as to why studying the humanities is important, and are encouraging students to create a video, write an essay, paint a picture, shout or even sing a song.

The "Shout Out for the Humanities" event takes place at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26.

"They can do it however they choose, thereby giving them the freedom to be creative and tell the world why the humanities are important," said Amie Winters, program coordinator of the Center for Public Humanities.

The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience using the areas of philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record the world.



"The humanities teach us how to be human," Winters said. "They teach us how to be compassionate and how to live well."

Inspired by a former national contest sponsored by the National Humanities Alliance, this is the second year of SRU's contest. The CPH accepted 30 submissions last year. Adam Riddle's, '16, video, "The Humanities Matter," captured first place.

"Students should submit something that they are passionate about," Winters said. "Maybe it was something they did a long time ago but it's something they could apply to the importance of humanities today."

Past submission have included photographs, digital work, social media campaigns, posters, cartoons, short stories, poems, plays, interviews or other spoken pieces and performances.

Submissions are due by noon, Oct. 20, through an online entry form at:

A panel of judges will choose the top three submissions, awarding prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Judges include Dan Bauer, SRU's dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Karen Pierce, director of the Slippery Rock Community Library; and Joshua Drake, professor of music and humanities at Grove City College.

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