In this fifth issue of Carleton’s Undergraduate Journal of Humanistic Studies, we are pleased to present five papers that tackle a range of pertinent issues from both past and present. Though written from varying disciplinary standpoints, this collection of papers petitions us to read sources — philosophical, religious, ethnographic, historical — more critically and to become more capacious thinkers. In keeping with the mission of the journal, these papers exemplify creative thinking characteristic of the liberal arts and probe common assumptions marking our present.

We are excited to feature two papers from St. Olaf College in this issue — a small yet crucial step in expanding the reach of our journal.

  • Nicholas Gonnerman’s paper examines how Alabama governor George C. Wallace has largely been erased from public memory, pointing to the importance of grappling with the past as a means of constituting a more just and equal present.
  • Claire Rostov’s paper considers children’s Bibles published between 1870–1920, arguing that this distinct genre of literature both illustrates and normalizes certain understandings of disobedience and imperialism.
  • Joshua Reason explores the burgeoning field of “identity-based geographies,” calling for an intersectional understanding of queer Afro-Brazilian identity that avoids seeking recourse to hegemonic notions of social marginality.
  • Zoe Marquis-Kelly’s paper, in considering the philosophical underpinnings of the Haitian Revolution, suggests that the work of Rousseau and other thinkers provide a useful lens through which to view the French influences on thought at the outbreak of the Haitian Revolution.
  • Finally, Zayn Saifullah’s paper examines the place of language in nationalist projects in Turkey and Israel, noting the close proximity of language and the construction of a national conscience.

The successful completion of this issue would not have been possible without the insights of peer-reviewers, the technical support of the Digital Humanities program, the determined work of our editorial board, and our faculty advisors. We are grateful to all those students who have shared their work with the journal.