Montaigne Events Days
The first requirements for participants is to compose an original essay on the basis of questions concerning an essay by Michel de Montaigne (for details on procedures see “Guidelines” below). This year’s Event will feature Montaigne’s essay entitled “Of Books.”
Once your essay has been received, you will be able to join one of three Montaigne Event Days scheduled for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019:
- Monday, November 5 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM.
- Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
- Monday, January 21 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM.
All events will be held in the Eric Nicholson Lounge of Seybert Hall on the North Central College Campus, 208 North Loomis Street, Naperville, IL, 60540.
You may attend any one (but only one) of these Event Days provided you have successfully submitted your essay. On whichever Day you attend, you will participate in a seminar discussion about Montaigne’s essay with other participants.
Before and after the seminar on each Event Day, you will have a chance to meet current students and faculty of the Shimer School, as well as past recipients of the scholarship.
Students unable to attend a seminar may apply to substitute for it an extended interview with a Shimer School faculty member. No other aspects of participants’ academic records will be taken into account when determining awards.
Guidelines and Submission Procedures for Essays
In an essay of your own of between 750 and 1250 words (three to five typed pages, double-spaced), respond to the following questions regarding Montaigne’s essay "Of Books":
“What is Montaigne’s general attitude towards books? What are they good for in his opinion? For you, what is the value of books?”
Note that in both your essay and in the Event Day discussion, you will take Montaigne’s essay as your starting point, but you will also be encouraged to offer your own views of the subject under question.
You may read the copy of Montaigne's essay supplied here or any other published translation. Please cite the translation you use at the end of your essay. You should use a standard citation style. For guidance on how to cite your translation and any other sources you use in preparing your essay, you may consult the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) website here.
You must type your essay and submit it in .pdf or .doc/docx format to Dr. Stuart Patterson at email@example.com. The subject heading of your email should state: "Montaigne Essay" and your name.
Anyone unable to type their essay or submit it electronically in either format should contact Dr. Patterson for instructions. If a student unable to send your essay via email , you may bring a hard copy to the Shimer Great Books School on the Event Day you choose to attend.
Awards, of which there may be more than one at varying amounts, will be based solely on the quality of the essay submitted and, to a lesser extent, on participation in the seminar. Again, if a participant faces undue hardship in attending an Event Day seminar, they will be allowed to hold a phone or video conference interview with a faculty member instead.
Only students who plan to enroll in the Shimer Great Books School as their major course of study at North Central College may participate in the scholarship event, though scholarship recipients will be free to complete any additional major or minor courses of study they choose while at North Central.
Winners will receive the Montaigne Scholarship of up to $5,000 annually in addition to any other academic scholarships they receive. Scholarships are renewable at the same dollar amounts and do not increase in subsequent years.
Awards will be made separately for each of the event days, and will be announced to all participants within a month of the Event Day they attend.
All Are Welcome!
On the Montaigne Scholarship Day, participants can look forward to finding out more about the Shimer School and its programs, including from past recipients of the Montaigne Scholarship. We encourage parents and even other family members to attend these events as well.