Letter from the Editors

Progress This past year we’ve been saturated with rhetoric surrounding “progress.” Trump’s election was widely hailed as a “step backwards,” undoing the years of positive change that allowed Hillary Clinton to declare that “America is already great.” But this semester kitsch wonders: have we really been moving forward? Can we even conceive of history as linear? Jeremiah Kim questions whether the liberal embrace of immigrants … Continue reading Letter from the Editors

Letter from the Editors, Fall 2016

At our first editors’ meeting, we had the happy realization that this was the thirteenth year of kitsch‒and so our theme “13” was born. The theme, 13, inspired interpretations ranging from José Armando’s analysis of superstitions (“My Belief is Their Superstition”), to Fauna, Elise, and Annika’s takes on puberty and adolescence (“Shaving Off Gender Norms,” “Thirteen and Thriving,” and “What It Means To Be Thirteen”), … Continue reading Letter from the Editors, Fall 2016

Letter From the Editors

From the ridiculous state of the presidential election and the leak of the Panama Papers, to the national conversations started by Twitter movements like #ConcernedStudent1950 and #OscarsSoWhite, 2015 and 2016 have made it impossible not to recognize the disorder embedded in the law and other institutions. At best, what’s beneath the long black robe of justice is merely chaos in disguise, but sometimes more sinister … Continue reading Letter From the Editors

Letter From the Editors

There’s a theory in philosophical circles that says if you only consider two sides of an argument you’re committing a fallacy. The False Dilemma fallacy lurks behind dichotomies between man and woman, white and black, East and West, gay and straight. These are all categories that we ascribe assuming they are based on inherent traits rather than arbitrary social constructions. Underlying many of the tensions … Continue reading Letter From the Editors