About This Journal
The Macalester International Journal includes volumes that publish selected papers from the Macalester International Roundtable and from the Macalester College Faculty Development International Seminars. The Roundtable, an intellectual festival convened each October, is an occasion for serious conversations across the College on topics of transnational significance. The practice is to commission a set of essays - a keynote address, followed by two additional essays delivered by seasoned scholars - which become the center of debate and discussion. Each of the two essays receives public response from a Macalester student and a member of the faculty. The purposes of the Roundtable are to cogitate together upon crucial but difficult global questions and to cultivate further the equipoise that minds of the Macalester academic community have long been expected to hold between local anxieties and transnational pressures.
The Macalester International Journal also includes volumes which publish selected papers from the participants of the Macalester College Faculty Development International Seminars. These hands-on seminars are designed to help participants grapple, both intellectually and through hands-on personal experience abroad, with compelling issues in an unfolding epoch of globalization. The Seminars are also designed to capture important moments in Macalester College's fundamental mission of educational excellence in the context of the interrelated ideals of internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.