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It is my great pleasure to introduce the fifth volume of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Creating Knowledge, our undergraduate student scholarship and research journal. First published in 2008, the journal is the outcome of an initiative to enhance and enrich the academic quality of the student experience within the college. Through this publication, the college seeks to encourage students to become actively engaged in creating scholarship and research and give them a venue for the publication of their essays. This fifth volume, like the ones that preceded it, gives considerable testimony to the creativity, hard work and sophistication of our undergraduate scholars. It is through the continuing annual publication of this undergraduate student journal that we aim to underscore that leadership within their disciplines requires students to not only be familiar with the knowledge base of the discipline, but to have the experience of being actively engaged in sustaining an intellectual community—understanding how their creative work and the work of others also depends on its dissemination and on the sharing of that knowledge within a community of scholars.

I want to congratulate, first and foremost, the many student scholars whose work is featured in this fifth volume of the journal. I also want to thank the students and faculty who served to make this publication possible—those who served on the editorial board that shaped this edition of the journal and reviewed the submissions of student work. I want to particularly thank Warren Schultz, Ph.D., associate dean for undergraduate studies, who spearheaded this year’s efforts. To the students who are featured in this edition, it is my fondest hope that this will lead you to make similar contributions beyond the college and DePaul University. To one and all, my most sincere congratulations and gratitude.

Chuck Suchar

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Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Islamic Studies | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Justice

Creating Knowledge, volume 5, 2012