Northern Michigan University has announced the top three winners of the second annual Lois and Willard Cohodas Literary Prize.

            David Hilden, a senior philosophy major from Marquette, won the $500 first-place prize for his essay, “On the Possibility of Tolerant Religion.” Derek O’Connell, a junior philosophy major from Mass City, earned $250 for second place with “The Socratic Hero.” The $100 third-place prize went to Patrick Arnold, a senior philosophy major from Brighton, who wrote an essay titled “Worldview Debate and the Tolerance of Ideas.”

            The goal of the Cohodas Literary Prize Competition is to provoke serious thought about one or more of the following topics: enhancing religious, racial and cultural understanding; eliminating hatred and racism; and/or promoting awareness of the Holocaust.

            Submissions were judged by a panel of four NMU professors. Winning essays are posted, with permission, on the English department’s Web site:

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April 28, 2008