A Showcase of Original Student Works Illustrating and Investigating Global Citizenship
Friday, May 31, 11 am to 3 pm, SMC Main Campus
For the fourth consecutive year, Santa Monica College is proud to present our students' finest work investigating and celebrating the ideas and practices of global citizenship. All SMC students are invited to submit their work from the 2012-13 academic year, with the best examples receiving cash prizes as well as recognition at the symposium on May 31. The deadline for submission of entry forms is Thursday, May 16, and depending on the format of the entry (e.g., paper, artwork, speech), the final project also may be due before the day of the event.
Here is how you can enter:
- Complete the online entry form before 5 PM, Thursday, May 16. If you are submitting more than one piece of work, complete a separate form for each.
- Review the additional guidelines in the table below for your respective entry format. These guidelines include directions on where and when you should bring your completed project. For some formats, this will require delivery before May 31. If you are unsure in which format your project fits, please contact Pete Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) for direction.
- Attend the symposium itself on May 31. Depending on the number of entries we receive, not everyone who enters will be asked to present their work on the 31st. But some of the categories (e.g., dance performances, speeches) will be judged at the symposium, and all prize winners must be present to receive their award.
|Writing (research papers, review essays, creative prose, poetry)
Art (painting, sculpture, other forms)
|Speeches (informative, persuasive)
Performing Arts (dance, music, theater)
Answers to several frequently asked questions are included below. Please direct any additional questions to Pete Morris (email@example.com), the faculty chair of SMC's Global Citizenship Committee.
Who is eligible to enter their work?
Anyone enrolled in a class at Santa Monica College during the 2012-13 academic year is eligible to enter work derived from that class, or from another project done this year under the supervision of an SMC faculty member. This includes works completed during the most recent summer and winter intersessions, as well as the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. Students are welcome to submit revised or expanded versions of their course work, but the project must be rooted in something they produced at SMC.
Are there really cash prizes available?
Yes. Thanks to the generosity of the SMC Foundation, we are able to offer cash prizes ranging from $50 up to $500. Entries are judged within their respective categories (e.g., Art, Poster Presentations), as well as across all categories for the special President's Award that recognizes the best overall treatment of the annual Global Citizenship theme. The amount of awards varies based on the number of entries we receive; in 2012, we awarded more than $2000 in total prize money.
Can group projects be entered?
Yes. Students can enter their work individually or as part of a group that worked together on a project.
Does the work have to be a formal "research" project?
No. We invite submissions of any original student work that is connected to global citizenship and derives from an SMC course. This could be a project that investigates a specific global issue, or it could be a celebration or critical reflection on what it means to be a citizen of planet Earth. The presented work can take any number of forms, including written prose or poetry, works of art, live speeches and performances, film, and poster and multimedia presentations.
What is "global citizenship"?
Good question. Here is how the college's Global Citizenship Committee currently articulates the concept, but this symposium/showcase provides students with an opportunity to lay out an alternative vision of global citizenship as well.
Must entries relate to the annual Global Citizenship theme?
No. We have chosen an annual theme since 2009-10 in order to provide the college community with a more focused set of issues that might facilitate interdisciplinary discussion better than the abstract idea of global citizenship itself. This year's theme is Poverty and Wealth, Want and Waste, and we certainly would welcome entries that relate to the theme and its attention to local and global inequalities. We also have recognized each year the single best theme-related entry with a special President's Award. But, no, it is not required that work entered this year be related to this year's (or any year's) theme; anything of relevance to some aspect of global citizenship is welcome.
Do selected entries need to be present at the May 31 event?
Yes. As a symposium/showcase, the main purpose of this event is to provide students with a forum for sharing their work with the larger college community. More than just display their paper, poster, film, dance, speech, sculpture, etc., this event invites students to share and discuss their work, along with the ideas and motivations that lie behind it, with an audience of fellow students and teachers from a variety of the college's departments and programs. It is a relatively rare opportunity for artists to share their work with non-artists, scientists with non-scientists, and so on, as part of an interdisciplinary conversation about global citizenship.