Meet Our NSR Student Editors — Brock Erdahl, Senior Editor. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports
My name is Brock Erdahl. I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with majors in History, Political Science, Global, Cultural, and Language Studies, and Catholic Studies and a minor in French in 2012. My involvement with the Middle Ground Journal and North Star Reports began in 2011.
I was born, raised, and educated in Duluth, Minnesota, which gave me a lasting appreciation of natural beauty. For about as long as I can remember, I have been interested in world history, international relations, and foreign languages and cultures. These interests inspired my academic pursuits and professional ambitions. Although I did not venture beyond the Great Lakes region before my twentieth birthday, I have made up for lost time by traveling the world and relocating in Zhuhai, China, where I have spent more than three years working at an international college. I find my job to be especially exciting and rewarding since every day presents me with a new opportunity to engage my students in discussion and gain new insights into American and Chinese culture.
The abovementioned interests are also what led me to the MGJ and NSR. I am enthusiastic about volunteering for the latter since it offers students a unique opportunity to share their experiences with and express their ideas on various global and historical issues. This sharing gives readers a window on a small part of different times and places. Hopefully, they also encourage readers to seek out further information on topics of interest, start conversations about what they have learned, and write their own articles for the NSR. This process not only helps me to learn more about the world and history but also reminds me why I loved these academic fields in the first place.
Please contact Professor Liang if you wish to write for The North Star Reports — HLIANG (at) css.edu
See also, our Facebook page with curated news articles at http://www.facebook.com/NorthStarReports
The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy (http://NorthStarReports.org) is a student edited and student authored open access publication centered around the themes of global and historical connections. Our abiding philosophy is that those of us who are fortunate enough to receive an education and to travel our planet are ethically bound to share our knowledge with those who cannot afford to do so. Therefore, creating virtual and actual communities of learning between college and K-12 classes are integral to our mission. In five semesters we have published 200 articles covering all habitable continents and a variety of topics ranging from history and politics, food and popular culture, to global inequities to complex identities. These articles are read by K-12 and college students. Our student editors and writers come from all parts of the campus, from Nursing to Biology, Physical Therapy to Business, and remarkably, many of our student editors and writers have long graduated from college. We also have writers and editors from other colleges and universities. In addition to our main site, we also curate a Facebook page dedicated to annotated news articles selected by our student editors (http://www.facebook.com/NorthStarReports). This is done by an all volunteer staff. We have a frugal cash budget, and we donate much of our time and talent to this project. We are sponsored by St. Scholastica’s Department of History and Politics and by the scholarly Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies (http://theMiddleGroundJournal.org).
For a brief summary, please see the American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History, at: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2013/1305/Opening-The-Middle-Ground-Journal.cfm
Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The North Star Reports; Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal; Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica.
Kathryn Marquis Hirsch, Managing Editor, The North Star Reports.
(c) 2012-present The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy http://NorthStarReports.org ISSN: 2377-908X The NSR is sponsored and published by Professor Hong-Ming Liang, NSR Student Editors and Writers, The Department of History and Politics of The College of St. Scholastica, and the scholarly Middle Ground Journal. 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