transcending silence... 2006 Issue

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"In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I had wished and wanted for my life, however short it may be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences." - Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde's words may haunt us, but it is evident by the submissions we received that many of our peers will not have such regrets because they have decided to transcend their silences. All of this year's published works support an emerging theme of violence and its impact on a gendered, racialized and classed world. A diverse blend of research papers and creative works that incorporate multimedia compliment our vision for this journal, which we had hoped would include a diverse sampling of media.

We are also pleased to publish one of the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research winners (Spring 2006), leigh vandebogart's essay "Performative Violence as Catharsis: Analyzing Feminist Expression and Representation within Cultural Texts."

We would like to extend thanks and recognition to our advisors, as well as Courtney Allensworth, our Teaching Assistant, and Roger Lipera, the Interactive Media Training Specialist for the University Libraries. Both contributed their time and effort to help make this journal possible. Their contributions were invaluable.

In closing, we would like to note that publishing an academic journal is not an easy task. This year's editorial board set out with a goal of improvement. The previous journals hoped to " see submissions that [would] test the limits of our electronic medium". Maybe the third time really is the charm because we are proud to say that these hopes have become a reality. It is our firm belief that transcending silence… is an integral part of the new face of undergraduate research at the University at Albany. We expect that the future of the journal will continue on a path paved with new ideas, diverse submissions, innovative positions and fully utilized technologies.


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