News and Announcements

News & Announcements

The Sullivan application will be available online in late August 2014.

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This Year's Theme

Every year a different theme is selected to provide a focus for the readings, speakers and discussions throughout the competition process and encourage participants to investigate complex issues related to the theme.

 This year's theme will be announced in late August 2014.

Last Year's Theme

Almost Home

 Finding ways to reduce teen homelessness.

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Current Theme

Finding ways to reduce teen homelessness.
Almost Home - Kevin Ryan & Tina Kelley

Past Themes

The ubiquity of plastic in our lives.
Plastic: A Toxic Love Story - Susan Freinkel

Immigration dilemmas: borders, jobs, families and papers
Just Like Us - Helen Thorpe

 The causes of methamphetamine use and the drug's impact on individuals, families, and communities.
Methland –  Nick Reding

The challenge of viewing traditional cultures from a Western perspective:
The Bookseller of Kabul – Åsne Seierstad

Is coal the solution to America's energy problems?:
Big Coal – Jeff Goodell 

The conditions of the working poor in the United States:
Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich

The effect of the prison system on corrections officers as well as on inmates:
Newjack – Ted Conover

The need to disaggregate ethnic groups:
The Accidental Asian – Eric Liu  

The widespread effects of the fast food industry:
Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser  

The long-term effects of industrial pollution:
A Civil Action – Jonathan Harr

The conflict between Western medicine and Eastern family values:
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down – Anne Fadiman

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