Writing about righting wrongs earns essay award for Erickson

Writing about righting wrongs earns essay award for Erickson
December 17, 2008

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Jennifer Erickson, a senior from Lockport with a double major in Political Science and English Language and Literature, was named the recipient of a $500 cash prize for her essay on China and human rights, Benedictine University Scholars Program Director Martin J. Tracey, Ph.D. announced recently. The contest was prompted by the October visit of Dimon Liu, an internationally renowned human rights activist, architect and urban planner. Liu visited Benedictine as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C. Liu’s human rights activities have included urging human rights organizations to embrace Chinese concerns, systematically briefing journalists on conditions in China, teaching Chinese citizens how to get involved in politics and organizing human rights initiatives within Chinese pro-democracy groups. Entrants were required to submit a 1,000-word essay on a subject involving “China, Human Rights and ‘Asian Values.’” Erickson’s essay, titled “A Necessary Adjustment to the Decision-Making Model Rooted in ‘Asian Values,’” was judged best in a blind review by a panel that included faculty and department heads. Erickson is the daughter of Daniel T. and Colleen Erickson of Lockport and a 2004 graduate of Lockport High School. An essay by Rafia Khader, a senior Economics major from Bolingbrook, was named honorable mention.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.