Commentary: Waiting for —The Concord Review?

Jul 5, 2011 by

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico

It seems that everyone is waiting for something – Waiting for Superman, Waiting for Larry Crowne, but I have been waiting for the latest issue of The Concord Review to acknowledge some very good writers, scholars and students from around the world.

  • Wei Li has written a paper on Convivencia in Medieval Spain. Wei is from the Singapore American School.
  • Jeong-Won Yang, has penned a paper on Christianity in Korea. Jeong-Won is from the Salem Academy , Winston Salem, North Carolina.
  • Jay Hyun Kim has offered an essay on “Roman Expansion”. Jay hails from Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut.
  • Kaya Nagayo has researched and written about Ainu Trade, 1650-1720. Kaya is from Saint Maur International School in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Christiane Henrich from Marblehead High School in Marbelhead, Massachusetts has written on Civil War Medicine.
  • Chao Long from Ellis School in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania has written on Chinese Immigration.
  • Hikari Senju from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York has written about Magyars and Romanians.
  • Ayana Gray from Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas has penned an essay on Female Infanticide.
  • Michael Richardson from Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California has written on Arquebus in Japan.
  • Viveca W.S. Morris from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire has written on The Pullman Strike of 1894.
  • Pamela Ban from Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio has written on Chinese Economic Reform.

All of these students, all of their parents, all of their guidance counselors deserve recognition and acknowledgement. Whenever a student picks a topic and researches it, I believe that they are learning something about themselves, humanity, culture, research, and the world.

Students should be encouraged to delve deeply into a topic – be it history, geology, geography, literature, stained glass windows, cathedrals, museums, art, music, the planets- whatever. The skills learned from researching- be it in the local library or the Internet will stay with them forever.

And of course, we have to acknowledge Will Fitzhugh and his relentless, tireless work on behalf of scholarship, and The Concord Review

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