Editor's Note

Note from the Editors

Fall 2015

Dear Reader,

A sense of place, both literal and metaphysical, permeated the selections of this issue of The Journal. We were inspired by the MALS students whose abstracts were selected by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2015 Annual Conference. The theme "Place Matters!" propelled these writers and theorists to explore the world. For that reason, we dedicate this issue to the idea of exploration—discovering and following the journey that is calling, whether within one’s self or out in the world.

This publication is the result of collaboration from individuals across MALS, both past and present. We offer a special thanks to the outgoing editors, Amani Liggett and Kelsey Smith, whose care and dedication elevated the quality of The Journal and eased our transition into the role.

A sincere thank you to MALS director Wole Ojurongbe for the time and effort he dedicates to The Journal each year. To faculty advisor Anna Minardi—your artistic sensibility serves as an inspiration in all aspects of the process. Thanks to Amy Gallagher and Maisea Bailey in the MALS office, and to Jackson Shultz for his work managing our online presence.

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the MALS students who volunteered their time to serve as assistant editors: Katherine Emery Brown, Bobby Kaufman, Justine Kohr, Brittany Murphy, Gregory Poulin, Maria Semmens, Kaitlin Serota, Lydia Shahi, and Xu (Sarah) Wang. Special thanks to Gregory Poulin and Justine Kohr who took on additional tasks, all in the service of producing a publication of which we can all be proud.

We hope that, while reading these pages, you feel that sense of yearning for discovery—for a true calling. Maybe they will even inspire you to find your own.

Amanda (Spo) and Emily

Editors-in-Chief Assistant Editors Web Team
Amanda Spoto
Emily Hedges
Robert A. Kaufman
Brittany Murphy
Gregory Poulin
Kaitlin Serota
Maria Semmens
Lydia Shahi
Xu (Sarah) Wang
Jack Shultz