Penn State Abington's undergraduate journal 'Dialectics' goes national

Penn State Abington, which houses the undergraduate research journal -- The Dialectics: Journal of Leadership, Politics and Society -- has announced that the journal's current issue has gone national. The 2010-11 edition includes articles from many prominent colleges and universities across the country.

According to Salar Ghahramani, lecturer of law and political science at Penn State Abington and the journal's founding editor, "The goal of publishing 'Dialectics' is to encourage students from different fields to submit their work, regardless of their program or major. The intellectual scope of the journal is purposely a wide-ranging one; covering issues of societal importance, whether domestic or global."

The current issue includes articles by Penn State students as well as students from Brown, Princeton, UC-Berkeley, UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgetown, George Washington, the U.S. Naval Academy, University of Southern California, Goucher College, Santa Clara University, Franklin & Marshall and NYU. Thought provoking topics range from the domestic issues of mothers in prison, the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and homelessness in Philadelphia. International topics in the issue center on the struggles and turmoil in the Middle East.

According to Ghahramani, The Dialectics has published pieces submitted by students from 18 universities during the past four years and has been cited on the website of the Council on Undergraduate Research, the premier national organization supporting undergraduate scholarship.

The journal solicits submissions on a rolling basis. Students are asked to devise strong theses and write focused essays that define specific public challenges and formulate forward-looking solutions. To accomplish its endeavors, the journal has established a student editorial board that consists of Penn State students who worked under Ghahramani's supervision.

Evelyn Mugge, a sophomore studying international politics and student editor of the journal, relished her time working on The Dialectics.

"Writing for The Dialectics was a privilege. I'm honored to be published in such a noteworthy publication, especially now that it has become more national. The insight and experience I gained from my role as an editor will undoubtedly benefit me in the future, and may even inspire greater works," Mugge said.

The publication of the The Dialectics has been made possible by the endowed Lord Chancellor’s Chair at Abington College and the generous support of Albert and Suzanne Lord. To learn more about the journal and read the current issue, visit online.