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History of the Journal

Inter-Text: An Undergraduate Journal for the Social Sciences and Humanities was created in the fall of 2017 by Michael Janecek (’18) and Sarah Boomgarden (’19) in response to limited opportunities for social sciences and humanities students on the Lake Forest College campus. They enlisted the help of Kristin Rawlings (’19), who led the publishing processes of typesetting, editing, and sending to the printer. In comparison to the available opportunities for students in the life sciences to submit student work for publication, humanities and social sciences students did not have this ability prior to Inter-Text’s creation.

Inter-Text has two published volumes. Volume 1, published in 2018, contains twelve student essays and three feature articles written by editors. Volume 2, published in 2019, contains thirteen student essays, two of these essays in Spanish, and four feature articles. We accepted articles in Spanish because several editors were able to read, peer review, and edit in Spanish. Both years, we accepted nearly forty submissions from students.

Inter-Text's primary goal of publishing volumes of exceptional student work is to foster community among students inside and outside of the classroom in the humanities and social sciences. This is achieved by facilitating dialogue, collaborating, and celebrating the values and research of the humanities and social sciences. Second, the Journal aims to showcase and critically appreciate the rigor of undergraduate scholarship within the humanities and social sciences at Lake Forest College. We cooperate with faculty and students to collect submissions that reflect exemplary student work in the social sciences and humanities, lead an anonymous peer review of student work, collaborate with student authors to edit their work, and publish and celebrate outstanding scholarship in a wide variety of humanities and social science disciplines.