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The Middle Ground Journal, 2015-2016 Summary

The Middle Ground Journal, 2015-2016 Summary

Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D. Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, USA.

Overview. The state of the journal is sound. Since our founding in 2010, we have published over 370 items. Our 2016-2017 publication schedule is full. Our relationship with our host, The College of St. Scholastica, is good. The Department of History and Politics of St. Scholastica has generously provided funding which allows for shipping books for review around the U.S. and the world, as well as for online marketing campaigns. The college has continued to grant a course release for my work as the journal’s Chief Editor. We extend a special note of gratitude to Professor Jill Dupont, Chair of the department, for making this possible. We continue to receive broad based support from academic departments across the campus, particularly the Department of History and Politics, the School of Arts and Letters, and support from the college’s IT and other departments.

Publishing. We have developed and published several ongoing and special forums. Particularly noteworthy for this school year is the special forum by Professor Ann Waltner and Ph.D. students at the University of Minnesota. Professor Waltner’s forum highlights the pedagogical uses of reviews for first semester Ph.D. candidates. We have published the reviews from the first group of Ph.D. candidates, and will continue this project for the upcoming school year. Professor Jill Gaeta and Professor Ashley Dressel have also developed two successful forums on literature and global studies and philosophy and the world. Both ongoing forums are charting new areas of coverage for the journal. We have excellent working relationships with major publishers. We receive books from publishers and documentarians regularly. Approximately 50 books will be placed before the end of the 2016-2017 school year, these reviews will cover 2017-2018 school year schedule, and we have approximately 175 books on reserve.

North Star Reports. Because of the generous support from the Department of History and Politics of St. Scholastica, The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy (http://NorthStarReports.Org) ISSN: 2377-908X, an affiliated publication, continues to flourish. The NSR is student written and student edited, we currently have 54 (last year was 30) volunteer student editors under my supervision. These students come from all parts of the campus, nursing to healthcare, natural sciences to economics. Articles from the NSR have been used by students at St. Scholastica and Duluth East High School in their studies. The NSR has published over 250 (last year was 150) original articles, covering all habitable continents around the globe, with articles tackling issues as serious as political conflicts and environmental degradation, to light hearted and insightful articles on food, music, “personal space” and so on. This school year marks a new series of articles from students pondering the meaning of “service learning” in the context of global imbalance of power, whether these trips truly help those we intend to assist. NSR student editors also curate a Facebook page dedicated to annotated news articles concerning global and historical events. (http://Facebook.Com/NorthStarReports) The North Star Reports is now listed as a resource on the website of the Council for Undergraduate Research, as well as by the library of University of Nebraska. Having witnessed how students receive these articles from K-12 classes to college classes, it is clear that this collaborative project is innovative and well worthy of the substantial investment in time and resources.

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(c) 2016 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 12, Spring, 2016. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Teaching Students to Fly: Faculty-Designed Study Abroad in the Czech Republic

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Teaching Students to Fly: Faculty-Designed Study Abroad in the Czech Republic

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Review of Cross-Cultural History and the Domestication of Otherness Edited by Michal Jan Rozbicki and George O. Ndege The Middle Ground Journal

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Book Review Working Group Innovative Student Internship Program Middle Ground Journal A Scholarly Teaching Journal

Book Review Working Group Innovative Student Internship Program Middle Ground Journal A Scholarly Teaching Journal

The Middle Ground Journal Home Office, Book Review Department update. A scholarly, teaching journal — from its establishment I have thought of The Middle Ground as a scholarly teaching journal, very much in the spirit of a teaching hospital. The Middle Ground Journal Book Review Working Group has been created in that spirit, consisting of ten undergraduate and graduate student interns. This pilot program is integrating student interns into all phases of the book review process, beginning with researching and recommending books to acquire. Student interns study The Middle Ground’s published reviews, investigate comparable journals and publications, and present annotated book lists to explain and justify their recommendations. These lists are then discussed and debated by the student interns. The chief editor makes the final decision. Over the summer, these students are assigned to different publishers to study their history and publishing focus, to study different genres of reviews (NY Review of Books, TLS, London Review of Books, New Yorker, NYT, Washington Post, various online journals and reviews) — as we research, questions, discuss, and debate, we will also formulate new questions for future reviewers to address.

This is one of the documentaries/books that arrived recently at the Middle Ground’s Home Office. It will be placed with reviewers during the 2013-2014 school year.

Please address all inquiries to the journal’s chief editor Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU

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29/08/2013 · 10:46 AM

The North Star Project Middle Ground Journal Innovative Student Internship Summer Reports Tianjin, China

The North Star Project Middle Ground Journal Innovative Student Internship Summer Reports Tianjin, China

The North Star Project: Collaboration between The Middle Ground Journal Student Interns, The College of St. Scholastica, and North Star Academy 8th Grade Global Studies Classes, 2013-2014 School Year Summer Reports.

Under the leadership of our North Star host teachers and student interns, The North Star Project has flourished for two years. For a brief summary, please see a recent article in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:

http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

This summer we will re-tool and re-design the collaborative program, drawing on the experience of our veteran student interns, ideas from our host teachers, and new projects provided by our incoming student interns. This summer The Middle Ground Journal will share brief dispatches from our North Star Project student interns, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. As of the time of this report we have confirmed student interns who will be reporting from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing presentations on theatrical representations of historical trauma, historical memory, the price individuals pay during tragic global conflicts, and different perceptions of current events from around the world. We will post their brief dispatches here throughout the summer, and report on their interactions with the North Star students and teachers throughout the school year.

For all of the North Star Project Summer Reports, see http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=9

Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA, June, 2013

(c) 2013 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 6, Spring, 2013. See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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28/08/2013 · 10:03 AM

The Sahara Desert, Semester at Sea — The North Star Project, Summer Report Number Thirty-Nine — The Middle Ground Journal

The Sahara Desert, Semester at Sea -- The North Star Project, Summer Report Number Thirty-Nine -- The Middle Ground Journal

The North Star Project: Collaboration between The Middle Ground Journal Student Interns, The College of St. Scholastica, and North Star Academy 8th Grade Global Studies Classes, 2013-2014 School Year Summer Reports.

Under the leadership of our North Star host teachers and student interns, The North Star Project has flourished for two years. For a brief summary, please see a recent article in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:

http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

This summer we will re-tool and re-design the collaborative program, drawing on the experience of our veteran student interns, ideas from our host teachers, and new projects provided by our incoming student interns. This summer The Middle Ground Journal will share brief dispatches from our North Star Project student interns, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. As of the time of this report we have confirmed student interns who will be reporting from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing presentations on theatrical representations of historical trauma, historical memory, the price individuals pay during tragic global conflicts, and different perceptions of current events from around the world. We will post their brief dispatches here throughout the summer, and report on their interactions with the North Star students and teachers throughout the school year.

For all of the North Star Project Summer Reports, see http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=9

Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA, June, 2013

(c) 2013 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 6, Spring, 2013. See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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26/08/2013 · 10:23 AM

Book Review Working Group Innovative Student Internship Program Middle Ground Journal A Scholarly Teaching Journal

Book Review Working Group Innovative Student Internship Program Middle Ground Journal A Scholarly Teaching Journal

The Middle Ground Journal Home Office, Book Review Department update. A scholarly, teaching journal — from its establishment I have thought of The Middle Ground as a scholarly teaching journal, very much in the spirit of a teaching hospital. The Middle Ground Journal Book Review Working Group has been created in that spirit, consisting of ten undergraduate and graduate student interns. This pilot program is integrating student interns into all phases of the book review process, beginning with researching and recommending books to acquire. Student interns study The Middle Ground’s published reviews, investigate comparable journals and publications, and present annotated book lists to explain and justify their recommendations. These lists are then discussed and debated by the student interns. The chief editor makes the final decision. Over the summer, these students are assigned to different publishers to study their history and publishing focus, to study different genres of reviews (NY Review of Books, TLS, London Review of Books, New Yorker, NYT, Washington Post, various online journals and reviews) — as we research, questions, discuss, and debate, we will also formulate new questions for future reviewers to address.

This is one of the documentaries/books that arrived recently at the Middle Ground’s Home Office. It will be placed with reviewers during the 2013-2014 school year.

Please address all inquiries to the journal’s chief editor Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU

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25/08/2013 · 10:35 AM

The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal

The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal

A busy and sunny end of the summer at the Home Office of The Middle Ground Journal …. We celebrate the weekend with a photo of our host institution, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, USA.

The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies is housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association, an affiliate of the World History Association. We have successfully expanded our issues, publishing weekly from September to June — a significant increase in the workload of our all volunteer staff. Now we gear up for the next batch of books and documentaries for review — as well as requests for new books. We have now integrated undergraduate student interns into this process, giving them unprecedented insight into the publishing, reviewing, and scholarly process.

For more information on The Middle Ground Journal, please visit https://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal and http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm For a recent article on The Middle Ground’s undergraduate interns’ excellent work, published in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, see: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

Please address all inquiries to the journal’s chief editor Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@CSS.EDU

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24/08/2013 · 12:23 PM

On Teaching and Learning Across National Boundaries, Huitennen, Finland — The North Star Project, Summer Report Number Thirty-Eight — The Middle Ground Journal

On Teaching and Learning Across National Boundaries, Huitennen, Finland -- The North Star Project, Summer Report Number Thirty-Eight -- The Middle Ground Journal

The North Star Project: Collaboration between The Middle Ground Journal Student Interns, The College of St. Scholastica, and North Star Academy 8th Grade Global Studies Classes, 2013-2014 School Year Summer Reports.

Under the leadership of our North Star host teachers and student interns, The North Star Project has flourished for two years. For a brief summary, please see a recent article in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:

http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

This summer we will re-tool and re-design the collaborative program, drawing on the experience of our veteran student interns, ideas from our host teachers, and new projects provided by our incoming student interns. This summer The Middle Ground Journal will share brief dispatches from our North Star Project student interns, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. As of the time of this report we have confirmed student interns who will be reporting from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing presentations on theatrical representations of historical trauma, historical memory, the price individuals pay during tragic global conflicts, and different perceptions of current events from around the world. We will post their brief dispatches here throughout the summer, and report on their interactions with the North Star students and teachers throughout the school year.

Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA, June, 2013

(c) 2013 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 6, Spring, 2013. See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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23/08/2013 · 10:32 AM

The North Star Project Middle Ground Journal Innovative Student Internship Summer Reports Northern Ireland, Goodbye

The North Star Project Middle Ground Journal Innovative Student Internship Summer Reports Northern Ireland, Goodbye

The North Star Project: Collaboration between The Middle Ground Journal Student Interns, The College of St. Scholastica, and North Star Academy 8th Grade Global Studies Classes, 2013-2014 School Year Summer Reports.

Under the leadership of our North Star host teachers and student interns, The North Star Project has flourished for two years. For a brief summary, please see a recent article in the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:

http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm

This summer we will re-tool and re-design the collaborative program, drawing on the experience of our veteran student interns, ideas from our host teachers, and new projects provided by our incoming student interns. This summer The Middle Ground Journal will share brief dispatches from our North Star Project student interns, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. As of the time of this report we have confirmed student interns who will be reporting from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing presentations on theatrical representations of historical trauma, historical memory, the price individuals pay during tragic global conflicts, and different perceptions of current events from around the world. We will post their brief dispatches here throughout the summer, and report on their interactions with the North Star students and teachers throughout the school year.

For all of the North Star Project Summer Reports, see http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=9

Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA, June, 2013

(c) 2013 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 6, Spring, 2013. See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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21/08/2013 · 12:12 PM