PEN America is inviting submissions for a new national student essay competition about the role of free expression in today’s world. The nonprofit literary organization wants to know what high school students (aged 15–17) think about the threats to this crucial right in the US or abroad. Experts at PEN America and prominent guest judges (advocates, educators, writers, and artists) will judge essays for their originality, clarity of thought, and relevance to free expression. Winning essays will be published on PEN America’s website and promoted on the organization’s social media channels. The top three high school–level essayists will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.
Deadline: Essays must be received on or before April 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (ET); winners will be announced in May 2022.
To support teachers in commemorating Juneteenth, The New York Public Library has a new booklist, featuring both fiction and nonfiction titles, which provides context and background information on this holiday for students of all ages.
History Adventures’ Global Pandemics is a freeapp that transports users back in time and into the lives, choices, and dilemmas faced by individuals around the globe during some of the largest-scale plagues and pandemics in history.
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) redefines the American narrative one story at a time. MOCA engages audiences in ongoing and historical dialogue in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, reflect on their own experiences, and make meaningful connections between the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.