Meet Our NSR Student Editors – Maria Olivares, Assistant Editor – The North Star Reports – Sponsored by The College of St. Scholastica and The Middle Ground Journal
Maria Olivares, NSR Assistant Editor. Major/minor: Global, Cultural, and Language Studies with a minor in Political Science Intended Graduation year: 2016, Year starting with NSR: 2012
I am a Venezuelan international student with a lot of interest in studying culture, diversity, and the dynamics of power and privilege. My studies so far have allowed me to pick up several lenses I can use to edit and write reports and that allow me to see things from anthropological, power and privilege, and linguistic angles. I am naturally inquisitive and spend a lot of my time applying concepts or ideas I have picked up to everyday situations.
I began volunteering for the North Star Reports as a freshman in college. I was drawn to it because it gave me the possibility to write from my perspective as both a student and a Venezuelan. As I helped edit some pieces and write others, however, I realized that my favorite part of working with the journal was being able to help translate certain ideas or provide unique experiences to a global audience. As an undergraduate, I have had to do a lot of research on political concepts and current events for my classes, and being able to transmit some of the more complex ideas to others in a more direct way has become one of my primary goals. Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of the articles or reports I came across during my research were highly specialized and not very accessible for beginning researchers. I know that sometimes the rigors of writing papers for academia ends up ritually adding layers of complexity to a concept that could be easily understood by itself, but my goal is to make the material I write and edit digestible for introductory readers that might go on to expand their knowledge on that area. The North Star Reports, aimed at younger readers, provides the perfect arena for that endeavor.
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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