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2018 Essay Contest

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pic: Faith, Hope, and Charity in Persuasion

Faith, hope, and charity are featured themes in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Discuss how possessing or lacking these qualities affects a character's behavior and drives the plot. You may focus on one quality or examine the interplay of two or all three. You may include more than one character in your discussion. 

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Meg Levin, Chair
Carol Moss


High School Division

Caroline Austin-Bolt
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Adrienne Berg
Woods Charter School 
Chapell Hill, NC

Barbara Burnham
University of Texas
Austin, TX

Courtney O. Carlisle
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Marjean Cockran
Enterprise State Community College
Enterprise, AL

Becky Dolin
Graham School University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Kathleen Flynn

Nora Glickstein
McMaster University
Toronto, ON

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Deanna Parsi

Deborah Roush

Maria Spray
School for Advanced Research
Santa Fe, NM

Amy Stallings
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Karin Wiberg
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

College/University Division

Monica Alvarez
Trinity School 
New York, NY

Lety Banks
University of California 
San Diego, CA

Pauline Beard
Pacific University (emerita)
Forest Grove, OR

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rachel Brownstein
Graduate Center,
City University of New York, NY

Susan Cotellesse
Northeast Lakeview College
Universal City, TX

Sarah Horowitz
Haverford College 
Haverford, PA

Elaine Toia
Rockland Community College
State University of New York
Suffern, NY

Kathleen Urda
Bronx Community College
City University of New York
New York, NY

Graduate School Division

Deborah Knuth Klenck
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Pat Michaelson
University of Dallas
Dallas, TX

Juliette Wells
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD