Writopia’s Youth Essay Conference 2020: A Celebration of Critical Thinking Across Disciplines


Submissions for the Essay Conference are due on December 19th, 2019.

The Conference will be held at The New School on February 2nd, 2020.


Writopia's 2019 Youth Essay Conference: A Celebration of Ideas Across Disciplines

Writopia’s Winter 2019 Youth Essay Conference was hosted by the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School on February 3rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm. At this conference, the next generation of thinkers, writers, and leaders shared the ideas and research that they are most passionate about with a panel of their peers and the community at large. The panels formed organically from a pool of critical essays we received from writers ages 12-18 from all over the New York Tri-State area, which highlighted the concerns and commentary of the next generation.

Panels included:
America Revisited
Art and Artifice
Gender Studies
Individual and Society
Revolts and Revolutions

America Revisited

9/11 A New York Tragedy
by Maggie Hanrahan

Complicating the Declaration of Independence: An Analysis of Three Case Studies
by Yanna Glogov

APUSH It Out!
by Ashley Ware

The Forgotten Cowboys
by Lydia Wei

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials
by Jason Milch

The Negative Impacts Eyewitness Misidentification has had on American Society
by Ashanti Benons

Racism
by Carson Stultz

Art and Artifice

Superheroes
by Noah Um

What is Constructive Criticism and Why is it Important?
by Greer Welte

Linguistic Relativity: the Impact of Language & Society
by Ella Berg

Separating Art from the Artist in the Age of #MeToo
by Abigail Sylvor Greenberg

The Ancient World and The Future World: Yesterday and Tomorrow
by Lilly Elliasevich

Definitive Characterization: The Insidious Corruption of High Art
by Benjamin Samuels

Gender Studies

What is sexisim?
by Sofia Gonzalez

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Spinsters, Damsels, and Green-Skinned Space Babes: An Analysis of Female Representation in Sci-fi Film
by Nancy Yao

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Consent: Hidden in the Length of My Skirt?
by Julia Sperling

Nolan's Inception, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and the Femme Fatale
by Oscar Tirabassi

Margaret Sanger: Role Model or Racist Eugenicist?
by Eloise Harcourt

Individual and Society

Home Is Where the Heart Is: The Meaning of Two Distinct Words
by Stella Geller

The Concept Of Roleplaying
by Finn Hamre-Myers

Sorry, I can't Eat That
by Sarina Motwani

The Girl Behind the Wheelchair
by Jocelene Ramnanan

"Good" Schools
by Sophia Ghantous

What's the Tea?
by Daido Ouattara

Revolts and Revolutions

Feel the Heat: How Qatar is Converting to Solar Energy
by Aparna Viswanathan

How is the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Determined?
by Kristen Billings

Lenin's Declaration: A Reflection of the Toiling People's Anger
by Lyon Kim

Populism: Fighting for Liberalism without Liberals
by Luke Widenhouse

Conspiracy Theories
by Julien Gotay

The North Korean Missile Crisis
by Miles Erdly-Liang


Writopia’s Winter 2018 Youth Essay Conference: A Celebration of Ideas Across Disciplines

Writopia’s Winter 2018 Youth Essay Conference was hosted by the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University. The event was held at NYU’s Silver Center for the Arts and Sciences on February, 4th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

At this conference, the next generation of thinkers, writers, and leaders shared the ideas and research that they are most passionate about with a panel of their peers and the community at large. The panels formed organically from a pool of critical essays we received from writers ages 12-18 from all over the New York Tri-State area, which highlighted the concerns and commentary of the next generation.

Panels included:
The Feminist Critical Lens
America Revisited
Psychology and Ethics
Race and Media
Technology and Society

Panels and Participants

The Feminist Critical Lens

Energy, Empowerment, & Entrepreneurship: Female Figures in American Literature
by Sofia Caruso

Dinah’s Voice Must Always Be Heard; A Speech Examining Vayishlach (Genesis 34) Through A Feminist Lens
by Galaxy Scheuer

The Benefit of Female Education on the World
by Maleeha Rahman

Frankenstein, Not Gloria Steinem
by Ariana Reichler

America Revisited

Change and Continuity in Apocalyptic Thought
by Ella Berg

The Vietnam War
by Allie Smithie

Columbus Day: The Genocide of Thousands Day
by Heidi Forbes

Why the United States Constitution Established a Just Government
by Mackenzi Berner

Psychology and Ethics

The Dilemma of a Debater's Moral Integrity
by Talin Schell

Romeo and Juliet Revisited
by Alice Goyer

Good Night, Bad Night: The Black Night in Macbeth
by Dexter Pakula

A Mindful Macbeth: How "Hand" is used in Macbeth to represent a Relationship Between Mind and Body
by Delilah Shapiro

The Influence of the Rise of the Trump Administration on the NCAM Subculture
by Sierra Blanco

Race and Media

The Murder of Mary Phagan: Race and Class Tensions in Atlanta in 1913
by Eve Cohen

Whitewashing: Bringing Color to the Screen
by Jared Klegar

To Be Free
by Arjun Mazumdar

The Dangers of Stereotyping by the Media
by Mayeesa Rahman

Technology and Society

Schoolwork Aiding Websites: Innocent Aid, or Devious Cheating?
by Benjamin Samuels

Work of Tomorrow
by Noah Phillips

You Could Be Next
by Jasmine Berger

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