Meet Our NSR Student Editors – Kathryn Marquis Hirsch, Managing Editor — The North Star Reports – Sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal
Kathryn Marquis Hirsch. NSR Managing Editor. St. Scholastica Class of 2014. History, Russian. J.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota Law School.
I graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 2014, having majored in History and minored in Russian. I will be studying law as of next fall and hope to practice criminal law, but I also plan to continue studying history and languages. I am not originally from Duluth, but my children are, and I feel a strong connection to the area– especially Lake Superior, which at once mildly terrifies me and draws me in. I have one husband, three children, two dogs, two cats, two parents, four siblings, and six nieces and nephews I love immensely and who all keep me very tired busy.
I began as an intern for The Middle Ground Journal in 2011 and have been with the North Star Reports from the beginning. All along both have provided me with opportunities to conceive and carry out ideas in an exceptionally collaborative atmosphere. My fellow interns have come from different backgrounds and fields of study but something we all have in common is a natural curiosity and interest in what is happening around us and why. Something may not be immediately attractive to me, but when someone else is enthusiastic about it or feels it’s significant, it figures that there’s something to it and I want to know what that is. My belief in the importance of history and a basic desire to learn about the experiences and values of others drives my interest in all things global studies. Working with MGJ and NSR I have seen how much every person has to teach and learn and the value of sharing knowledge through friendly conversation, even when conversations are held over great distances. I can attest that much of what we’ve done as interns has been making it up as we go along, aiming high and sometimes settling for ‘not bad’ as we ride the steep learning curve of gaining on-the-job experience in communication, editing, and education. There have been many gratifying moments like when a middle school student asks a great question or picks a really neat topic for a research project and pulls it off beautifully, or when a college student’s economic studies crystallize as they teach it to someone younger, or when a writer realizes that their work is not only being read but enjoyed by others. Many of our successes have been thanks to good luck, but all of them have been the result of hard work on our part and others’. I am proud to be part of what we’ve accomplished so far and hope to keep contributing for a long time to come.
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The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, The College of St. Scholastica and the scholarly Middle Ground Journal’s online learning community and outreach program with undergraduate and K-12 classes around the world. The North Star Reports has flourished since 2012. For a brief summary, please see the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at:
The North Star Reports publishes edited essays from our students, particularly from those who are currently stationed, or will soon be stationed abroad. Students have reported from Mongolia, Southern China, Shanghai, northeastern China, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, England, Finland, Russia, and Haiti. We also have students developing reviews of books, documentaries, and films, and analysis of current events from around the world. We will post their dispatches, and report on their interactions with the North Star Reports students and teachers. We thank The Department of History and Politics and the School of Arts and Letters of The College of St. Scholastica for their generous financial support for The North Star Reports and The Middle Ground Journal.
Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, The North Star Reports; Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal; Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, USA
(c) 2012-present The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy http://NorthStarReports.org The NSR is sponsored by The Middle Ground Journal and The College of St. Scholastica. See Masthead for our not-for-profit educational open- access policy. K-12 teachers, if you are using these reports for your classes, please contact editor-in-chief Professor Liang at HLIANG (at) css.edu