January 24, 2017
On November 3-5, 2016, TCU was honored to host the Ronald E. Moore Humanities Symposium, titled “What Makes Us Human?” Along with lectures by renowned speakers Carl Safina and Diane Ackerman, the three day event also included a campus-wide creativity contest open to students. To enter, students submitted a form of art or expression (such as visual art or poetry) relating to the symposium’s theme.
Honors students, Annelise Severtson and Kaylee Bowers, were two of this year’s four winners. Both presented nonfiction pieces. Severtson wrote a creative nonfiction piece titled “In This Moment” about experiences Muslims encountered after the ISIS attacks in Paris. She stated, “What I believe makes us human is our ability to find what we are passionate about,” and her passion for interfaith understanding and communication drew her to this project. Bowers’ piece, “At the End of the Rope,” is a reflection on the inevitability of death and how it shapes us as humans, told mostly through her aunt’s battle with cancer.
The winners were selected by the Ron E. Moore Symposium Planning Committee. They received a monetary prize and the opportunity to participate in a special Student Creativity Panel just before the Symposium’s final keynote address by Diane Ackerman.