SPRING 2015 ISSUE: SIN FRONTERAS
Ayotzinapa. US-Cuba relations thawing. Ferguson and police brutality. Immigration and Displacement in our Communities. With such headlines dominating the news, students have reflected deeply for this semester’s journal edition on USF’s call to “change the world from here.” What does that mean for us? they asked. How do we connect the local to the global, the personal to the political, and give true meaning to the university’s mandate to be changemakers – as students, as scholars, as teachers, as a university?
Our initial discussions on this theme called for critically re-thinking USF’s call to action, connecting events in the Bay Area and USF with broader changes occuring across the Americas. Our contributors for this edition reflect a very diverse group, with interests ranging from politics and art, to economic policy in Latino/a America. Yet the recurring concern has been our need to reflect on our responsibility as subjects and witnesses to history -- beyond the walls of Lone Mountain. This issue offers, at its core, the very personal reflection of each writer – as students and scholars, activists and witnesses -- with their feet solidly rooted in USF’s service mission, but with a critical gaze within and beyond the university’s walls.