University of Maine senior Anne Mathieson won the 2006 John M. Rezendes Annual Ethics Essay Competition
with an extensive paper on ethics in the public domain.
Mathieson completed her UMaine coursework in June and plans to continue
her studies at Northern Arizona University.
In her essay, the philosophy major from
Montville, Maine, examined a topic that is both intriguing and important
to her: the classification of humans according to perceived differences
and the resulting aversion to what is considered "other." In our
culture, such prejudice is expressed in sexism, racism, homophobia and
other forms of discrimination.
The Rezendes Award was established by
Dennis Rezendes, Class of '57, in honor of the strong ethical values and
beliefs of his father, for whom the award is named. The essay
competition, which awards a $2,500 prize and an engraved commemorative
sculpture, is made possible by the John M. Rezendes Ethics Fund in the
University of Maine Foundation.
Through the annual award and a lecture
series, the fund provides learning and teaching opportunities focused on
ethical values. The goal is to help students in all academic disciplines
make ethical choices in their lives and careers.
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