Letter From the Editor, March 2017

By Chandler Ryd   An essay is a room. In writing, the author chooses words with which to furnish it before inviting you all, the readers, to enter. Nouns are the chairs and couches where you can rest; verbs are the tables—hard surfaces—that allow you to lean forward and work; metaphors are well-placed lamps and windows, illuminating and casting contrast.  The sum total, the atmosphere … Continue reading Letter From the Editor, March 2017

War, Mission, & Memory: Dr. Somerville’s Childhood in South Korea

by Micah Meadowcroft Yi Seung-hun was baptized in 1784. Peter Lee, as he became called, returned to Korea from a diplomatic mission to Beijing accompanying his father, the country’s first convert, bearing books and items of devotion. A Silhak Confucian teacher had asked him to learn more about the faith they read of in the writings of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit missionary to China. The … Continue reading War, Mission, & Memory: Dr. Somerville’s Childhood in South Korea

Letter From the Editors, November 2015

As summer’s reality falls down dead around us, it seems appropriate to reflect on disillusionment and to seek the integrity that can disarm it. The distance that opens up between a soul and the world when something like a season’s end strikes it is a rich space, if risky. Each in its own way, the essays and features in this issue ask sharp questions, force … Continue reading Letter From the Editors, November 2015

The Ten-Dollar Bill Controversy Ignores History

By Timothy Troutner The recent pair of Collegian editorials on the ten-dollar bill controversy [Oct. 22], while interesting, failed to consider the history of United States currency. History suggests that the history of our currency, particularly in relation to women, is far more complicated than seniors Micah Meadowcroft and Josiah Lippincott’s arguments suggest. Depictions of the feminine used to be commonplace, while the cult of … Continue reading The Ten-Dollar Bill Controversy Ignores History

Letter from the editors

This week marks a return to our college after travels across the country and around the world—a sweet reunion of the summer Hillsdale diaspora. To our freshmen and transfers: welcome! To all returning: it’s good to be back. Tabulating all the places Hillsdale students have been this past summer would make for some fascinating accounting. Start with all our homes and internships and travels. Add … Continue reading Letter from the editors

Vignette: Europe

By Matt Sauer From early May to late July, my past, present, and future were woven together via the relationships Hillsdale fosters. I encountered alumni in subterranean Anatolian churches and at quiet pubs along the Thames. I supped with prospective Hillsdale students under the storied spires of Oxford. I gleefully bounded across Hittite ruins with friends made during my freshman year. When I was surrounded … Continue reading Vignette: Europe