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Rogers Challenge open to Morehead State students

The 20th Annual Judy Rogers Creative Consciousness Challenge seeks student submissions for the 2024 contest. The submission deadline is Friday, March 29.

The contest is open to all students, allowing them to highlight their creative work supporting women and gender studies research, art, and activism. Contributions should illustrate transformative gender consciousness with a focus on underrepresented groups, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; transmasculine and non-binary people; LGBTQIA+ people; people with disabilities; and immigrants.

The following media are accepted in the contest:

  • 2D and 3D artwork, including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, etc.
  • Video production, including documentaries, video essays, music videos, etc.
  • TikTok (short) videos.
  • Memes.
  • Creative writing, including essays, stories, and poems.
  • Research, including papers, posters, and presentations.
  • Record of social activism.

All submissions must include a 500-word essay, a crucial component that explains how gender studies influenced the work. All entries must be original undergraduate work not previously submitted to the contest, and contestants may only submit one entry. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place.

Submissions should be emailed to Gender Studies Program Director Dr. Bernadette Barton at Physical media may be dropped off at 355 Rader Hall.

The challenge is named in honor of Dr. Judy R. Rogers, a retired professor of English at Morehead State. Rogers also served as chairperson of the MSU Faculty Senate, associate vice president of academic affairs, and dean of undergraduate programs from 1967 to 1997. The Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the gender studies program sponsor the challenge.

For information about programs in the Caudill College, email or call 606-783-2650.

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