Friends of the Library

All that Jazz! Enter Friends of the Library’s Orr Essay Contest and WIN MONEY!

It’s time for the Jonathan Orr Essay contest presented by Eastern University’s Friends of the Library!

This annual contest recognizes Eastern U. undergraduate student essays that demonstrate excellence in communicating how books have influenced the opinion of the student concerning significant questions of the day. Our essay question for this year is-

“Jazz is a uniquely American music.  It arose through the African American experience in the American South and spread worldwide as an art form.  Jazz touches the human soul in many ways. Discuss the spiritual dimensions of jazz as an avenue for human and divine connections.”


The essay guidelines are:

  1. We will be looking for well-crafted, grammatically correct essays with proper spelling.
  2. Essay length must be at least 400 words and must not exceed 700 words.
  3. Essays must be the original work of the applicant. Plagiarism in any form will result in disqualification. Please cite any and all resources.

Please electronically submit your essay to Andrea Reed at
Include your name, year, major and contact information.
Entries will be judged by a panel from Friends of the Library.


Winners will be notified by April 11th (via email) and the awards will be given out at the Friends of the Library Annual Dinner, held on April 19th.

To read past Orr Essay winners, visit

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