The Arts and Science Review showcases and celebrates student writing in courses offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The genesis of the Arts and Science Review and the inaugural issue, Writing in Extraordinary Times, lies in Dr. Maria-Belén’s proposal during the onset of the pandemic to create a digital publication featuring student writing in Faculty courses. The formation of a committee of faculty members Maria-Belén Ordóñez, Kathy Kiloh, and Dot Tuer who volunteered to organize the publication and edit the first issue followed. The Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD), and the Faculty generously provided funding for the design of the website. Funding from the Faculty for writing awards also enabled the committee to select three of the contributors’ essays, one each from Visual Culture (Thomas Boeckner), Humanities (Ada Bierling) and Social Sciences (Alondra Ruiz-Hernandez), to receive a $100 cash prize. This year’s committee wants to thank the funders for their support, Digital Futures student Nicole Vella for her website design, and the students whose texts were chosen for the inaugural issue. It is our hope that the inaugural issue of the Arts and Science Review will be the first of many collections of Faculty student work to be featured on the website.
Maria-Belén Ordóñez, Kathy Kiloh, Dot Tuer, July 2020.