FASS Essay Competition

The FASS Essay Competition is an annual contest for students registered at Dalhousie University.  There are three competitions with a prize of $4,000 each:  The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award, the Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize and the Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize.  Contest deadline for 2021 was Monday, February 22 at 4:30p.m. 


Download our list of frequently asked questions [PDF - 43 kB]. If you don't find an answer here, feel free to contact the Dean's Office at fass@dal.ca

Congratulations to our 2021 winners

Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award
Rachel Banks

‘L’Chaim—To life!’ Good Human Conduct from a Jewish Ethical Perspective

View Rachel's presentation on YouTube

Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize
Kristen Becker

Freedom of religion or an attempt to create a united godly state?: Religious toleration in Cromwellian Scotland [pdf - 537 KB]

View Kristen's presentation on YouTube

Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize



Past winners  

Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award
  2020 Jillian Murphy "Playful Ways of Learning Good Human Conduct"
  2019 Keith MacIsaac

"Happiness and Good Human Conduct: A Cross Cultural Exploration"

View Keith's presentation on YouTube

Brittany Kraus

"The Roach’s Revenge: “An Insect’s Play” of Suicide and Survival in Rawi Hage’s Cockroach" -EXCERPT [PDF - 158 KB]

View Brittany's presentation on YouTube

  2017 Scarlett Kelly

"Stereotypes in the Age of Diversity: Re-examine the Relations Between Natural Identity and Social Identity" [PDF - 470]

View Scarlett's presentation on YouTube

  2016   NOT AWARDED IN 2016
  2015 Brandi Estey-Burtt
"Love in a Spinning World: Love, Ethics, and Living Well with Others" - EXCERPT [pdf - 85 KB]

View Brandi Estey-Burtt's presentation on Vimeo

  2014 Sam Krawec

“Relating Responsibility:  Addressing Oppressive Wrongdoing” [PDF - 216]

View Sam Krawec's presentation on Vimeo

  2013 Nywani Albert-Howe "A Call to Cosmopolitanism:  Solving the Political Problem of Caring for One's Own" [PDF - 96KB]
  2012 Trisha Dempsey "The search for a societal catalyst with the capacity to motivate the inclusion of people with cognitive disabilities" [PDF - 255kB]
View Trisha Dempsey's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  2011 Emma Moore "Guilt Trips: A Personal Perspective on the Ethical Quandaries of Travel in the Developing World" - Essay not available for viewing online

View Emma Moore's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  2010 Sebastian Poissant Labelle "Uprooting Development" [PDF - 158 kB]
  2009 Caleb Lee "Intuition, Morality and Principles: Learning to be Good without Rules" - Essay not available for viewing online  
  2008 Rebecca Mason "Reorienting Deliberation: Identity Politics and Good Human Conduct" [PDF - 166 kB]
View Rebecca Mason's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  Mushkat Memorial Essay Prize
  2020 Armin Mirsanaye "National Partiality and Global Justice: A Response to Communitarian Particularism" - EXCERPT [PDF - 41 KB]
  2019 Madison Gateman

"Water Metaphors, Illegalized Migrants, and Canadian Tolerance: Media Coverage of Asylum Seekers in August 2017" [PDF - 182 KB]

View Madison's presentation on YouTube

Will Keys

“Blackshirts and Bloodlands: A Comparative analysis of the Holocaust in Italy and Ukraine” [PDF - 222 KB]

View Will's presentation on YouTube

  2017 Shannon Payne

"A Space for Knowledge: Diversity, Education, and Accessibility in Binti"

Excerpt from winning essay [PDF - 198 KB]

View Shannon's presentation on YouTube

  2016 Brandi Estey-Burtt "Mapping the Body of the Colonial Past in Peter Carey's 'Jack Maggs'" 

Excerpt from winning essay [PDF - 155 KB]

View Brandi's presentation on Vimeo
  2015 Brittany Kraus

"Unmarked, Undocumented and Un-Canadian: Refuge(e)-less Space in Souvankham Thammavongsa’s FOUND" EXCERPT  [pdf - 280 KB]

View  Brittany Kraus' presentation on Vimeo

  2014   NOT AWARDED IN 2014
  2013 Katie Stockdale
"Toward Peaceful Coexistence:  Indigenous-Settler Relations in the Canadian Context" - Essay not available for viewing online



  2012 Ana Vidovic "Beyond Tolerance - A Socio-Cultural Critique" [PDF - 209kB]
View Ana Vidovic's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  2011 Conor Noseworthy "Tolerance, Hate Speech, and Conflicting Human Rights" [PDF - 205 kB]
View Conor Noseworthy's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  2010 Kewoba Carter "Unity Through Sport: The Case of the West Indies Cricket Team" [PDF - 117 kB]
  2009 Kayleigh MacSwain "Environmental Racism and Social Memory: Stories from Africville and District Six" [PDF - 730 kB]
  2008 Charlene Davis View Charlene Davis's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.
  Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize
  2020 Teyohate Brant

"The Right to Fish in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory" [PDF - 246 KB]

  2019 Amaan Kazmi

Secular Pretensions, Communal Aspirations [PDF - 402 KB]

View Amaan's presentation on YouTube

  2018 Qi Chen

“More Than a GDP Booster” [PDF - 193 KB]

View Qi's presentation on YouTube

  2017   NOT AWARDED IN 2017
  2016 Maria Fournier "Trading on Risk: How the War of 1812 Affected the Queen's Insurance Company"

Excerpt from winning essay [PDF - 316 KB]

View Maria's presentation on Vimeo
  2015   NOT AWARDED IN 2015
  2014 Jacob Sandler

“A Rhetoric of Queen and Country:  The Ironies of the Introduction to the 2013 Speech from the Throne" -[PDF - 389 KB]

View Jacob Sandler's Essay Presentation on Vimeo

  2013   NOT AWARDED IN 2013
  2012 Alison Froese Stoddard

"The Birth of Canada's Multicultural Policy:  Plotting the Official Acceptance of Diversity" [PDF - 274kB]
View Alison Froese Stoddard's Essay Presentation on Vimeo.