This year marks the 20th anniversary of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mindand it is the intention of the Manhattan Institute's Center for the American University (CAU) to give Bloom's work the re-examination it deserves.
On October 3rd, we will be hosting a commemorative conference entitled, "The American Mind: Opening or Closing?", in which various scholars will give their views on this subject. However, the future of the American University depends not only on professors, but also on thoughtful undergraduate and graduate students. For this reason, we have established the Bloom Essay Contest to hear student's views.
Essays will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the The Closing of the American Mind.
Thank you for your submissions. Winners and other participants will be notified by September 28, 2007.