Every year since 2013, The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest challenges high school students to examine the role of free speech in the 21st century. The essay contest was established by Hope and Stanley as part of the City Club’s Centennial celebration. The Adelsteins were longtime City Club members, philanthropists, and environmental activists. Stanley joined the City Club in 1941 and remained an active member until his death in 2014. Hope’s hallmark was civic involvement, and she was active in the Cleveland community until her death in 2016.
All high school students in Northeastern Ohio are eligible to apply for scholarship prizes. Essays should pull from personal experience, current events, history, politics, art, anything really so long as they are backed up with evidence. Essays will be judged on their clarity, content, originality, and significance.
The results for this year can be view here.
2020 Essay Contest Details
The more we use technology, the more information we provide to the people and organizations that own that technology. Some of that information may be willingly provided, while some of that information is a by-product of interacting with that technology – such as GPS tracking while using Google Maps or clicking on an advertisement on instagram.
As technology rapidly grows and becomes more integrated with our lives, data that may have been considered private or personal in the past, is now bought, sold, or traded by marketers, political campaigns, and other stakeholders. Many of them use algorithms and artificial intelligence to target and craft the messages they send—messages which may be legitimate and helpful, or false and harmful, or anywhere in between.
What effect does this tradeoff have on freedom of speech and democracy? And what, if anything, should be done about it?
Eligibility and details:
See here for full scoring rubric.
Last year's winners spoke at the forums featuring Alan Curtis, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Eisenhower Foundation, and Bruce D. Brown, Executive Director of Reporters Committee for Freedom. You can view the winning essays here: Grade 11/12 Grade 9/10
For any questions regarding the Essay Contest or Student Programming, please contact Julia Wang, Communications and Outreach Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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