Joseph Warpinski, an economics major with a dual minor of business administration and history, has won the 2013 North Callahan Essay Prize for his submission “The Overextension of the British Empire and its Subsequent Demise.”  Warpinski received a $1,000 cash prize.  To read the essay, click here.

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Joseph Warpinski

The North Callahan Essay Prize is awarded each year to an undergraduate whose exceptionally fine essay addresses a subject related to the humanities (art, music, philosophy, religion, rhetoric/literature, history, or interdisciplinary studies that combine these disciplines). Essays are evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee of professors, according to Dr. Bryan Hampton, Kennedy Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Humanities.

As a young child, Warpinski lived in Missouri and then his family moved to Nashville where his father continued his career as a musician.  Warpinski graduated from Franklin High School.  Now that his family has moved to New Orleans, he’s the last member of the family who remains in Tennessee.  He has enjoyed his experience as a student at UTC.

Warpinski plans to enroll at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.  He’s looking forward to his first experience abroad, where he will study public policy.

“This unique opportunity will allow me to expand and apply my skill set,” Warpinski explained.

He wants to work in economic development in developing countries—he is specifically interested in regions of Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

After his graduate work in Brussels he wants to attend business school.  Ultimately, he would like to work in micro finance and create credit opportunities for extremely low income individuals.

Funding for this award is provided by an endowment established by the late Dr. North Callahan, distinguished Professor Emeritus of History (New York University), author of seventeen books, and alumnus of The University of Chattanooga.

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