Letter from the Editors, March 2016

If our own experience is typical, the sudden waking up of the outdoor world is scattering your thoughts, making you think of elsewhere and elsewhen. Snapping in and out of campus’s collective flashback to Commencement season, you stop in your tracks between classroom buildings and run a glance across the scrubby grass and still-grey trees; your thoughts flick to the past, to the future, back to the midterminous present.

The March issue of The Hillsdale Forum is with you. In its pages your colleagues are pondering gatherings and scatterings, what holds us together, what keeps us apart. In the first section of the issue we hear from Stacey Egger on the slippery topic of taste, and Mark Naida explores the challenge technology poses for art. Timothy Troutner offers a moving (and challenging) reflection on the risks and promises of the ecumenical conversations (or inter-confessional debates) that animate our campus, and Birch Smith lays out an analysis of the impact of capitalism on community. The issue’s middle section is an excursus to the Far East, as alumnus Devin Creed, near-alumna Minte Irmer, and English professor Dr. Somerville (interviewed by Micah Meadowcroft) share present and past experiences living in South Korea and Japan. Rounding out the panorama are our features: a twofold music review from Mark Naida and Forester McClatchey, thoughts from Emily Lehman on Cinderella and the twist of twistlessness, and a concluding enigma that may shed light on why The Forum sometimes… takes its time coming out.

As we scatter for spring break, the Forum editors invite campus, once again, to treasure the common conversation that gathers this community from the corners of the nation and globe to reflect together on taste, creeds, and the common good—to tug the transcendentals down into everyday life.

Madeline Johnson is a junior studying philosophy. Sarah Reinsel is a junior studying English.

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