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person standing alone on mossy ground Photo by Jakub Kriz on Unsplash Note from the Editors


This publication would not be possible without the exceptional talents of the faculty who nominated essays for publication. Instructors whose students' work appears in this volume include Patricia Blanchette, Abigail Burns, Beth Capdevielle, Matthew Capdevielle, Kristen Carlson, Peter Casarella, Patrick Clauss, Annie Coleman, John Duffy, Ian Gerdon, Ed Kelly, Dan Lindley, Erin McLaughlin, Nathaniel Myers, Jessica Shumake, Yasmin Solomonescu, Elyse Speaks, Aldo Tagliabue, Deborah Tor, and Joanna Want.

Special thanks are due to members of the editorial board, a team of volunteers who devoted considerable time and energy to the task of choosing the very best essays from over 100 submissions.

We are especially grateful to three people who contributed significantly to this volume. Assistant Editor Logan Quigley was an invaluable part of the selection process, reading submissions, sending notifications, and compiling materials, while also offering numerous insights and suggestions that helped to build a strong issue. Erin Seeley, Staff Assistant in the University Writing Program, also deserves special thanks for coordinating communications with student authors. The previous Co-Editor of Fresh Writing, Patrick Clauss, offered his help and wisdom at crucial junctures so we could continue to improve the publication. 

We owe immense thanks to Bridget Hoyt, Curator of Education at the Snite Museum, to our library liaison, Melissa Harden, to the members of the web and resource teams in Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library, and to Tim Flanagan in the General Counsel's Office. Their ongoing copyright and technical expertise and support for this publication are unparalleled.

We thank the many students who submitted such fine essays for publication. While we could not include every submitted essay, we benefited greatly from reading your work. Finally, to the authors included in this volume, thank you for serving as exemplars of ethical discourse practices. We look forward to continuing to hear your courageous voices in other domains.

As always, thanks for your support of Fresh Writing.

Nicole MacLaughlin and Nathaniel Myers, Co-Editors