Tea conference organizers announce student essay contest

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If you plan to attend the conference “Tea High and Low: Elixir, Exploitation, Ecology” at Cornell on October 26-27, you are invited to compete in an essay contest on how the experience has changed the way you understand the world's most popular beverage. The winner will receive $250 and select specialty teas.

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at Cornell may submit an essay for consideration.

How long should it be?

The essay should be a maximum of 750 words, not including the title, which is required. It should be in your own words and not contain quotations from written works, so citations are not necessary.

What should it be about?

How did the discussions at this conference change the way you understand the world of tea? What, if anything, has prompted you to reflect more deeply on the cultural, religious, economic, or ecological aspects of tea as a globally consumed commodity?

Use vivid examples, from your own experiences and the ideas you heard at the conference, to illustrate your points.

When is it due?

Submit your essay in PDF format as an attachment to an email to the South Asia Program at sap@cornell.edu before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2018.

What else should I know?

By submitting an essay to this competition, you grant the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, its affiliated programs, and Cornell University permission to publish it or an excerpt without payment in any or all media for promotional and educational purposes.

Learn more about the conference.

Register for the conference (admission is free, but regsitration is required).