Meet Our NSR Student Editors — Ngawang Y. Gonsar, Senior Editor. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports
Hello everyone, I’m Ngawang Gonsar, serving as a North Star Reports (NSR) senior Editor. I was born to Tibetan parents in India and spent most of my formative years at a little boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. After the completion of my K-12 education in India, I traveled across the globe to pursue my undergraduate degree at CSS in the fall of 2006. At CSS, I’ve been able to pursue the breadth of education spanning the liberal arts curriculum. I hope that with the changing landscape of higher education, my younger colleagues who are yet to complete their undergraduate degrees, will have the same opportunity. Since then, I’ve gone on to complete my Masters of Science with a focus on Developmental Biology from the University of Minnesota. I’m currently a Biology Instructor at Gustavus Adolphus and have been for almost three years.
Away from my professional obligations, I enjoy traveling to the limited placed my passport allows me. Also, whenever possible I travel home to spend time with my family in India and Nepal. During one such trip two years ago, I had the opportunity to hike in the Solokhumbu regions of Nepal and stay at the village where back around 1960-61, my grandmother, my father, and his siblings spent almost a year during their escape into Nepal from Tibet. It was one of the most rewarding moments of my life. Not only did I enjoy the fresh organic eggs and milk that some of the local residents kindly provided me, I also saw the house my grandmother stayed at (the only house currently standing that existed back almost 50 years ago!)
I hope that in the near future I get to continue to travel and learn more of the personal histories of diaspora communities around the world; stories that are often neglected from our history textbooks. This is one reason that I’m so interested and excited by the grassroots stories shared by the NSR contributors from around the globe.
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