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About the Journal
Aletheia was founded in 2020 by four Arts & Science students who wanted to highlight the amazing work produced in the program and provide Arts & Science students with valuable experience as either Peer Reviewers or published Authors.
Welcome to the second edition of Aletheia-- a student-led, peer-reviewed journal showcasing written works from students in McMaster’s Arts & Science program. In this edition, we are excited to share a diverse array of papers written in Arts & Science courses from the Fall 2020 term, which were reviewed carefully this semester by our team of Peer Reviewers.
The theme for this edition of the journal is ‘Justice and Democracy.’ In the Arts & Science program, we are encouraged to critically engage with current world issues by analyzing injustices, unpacking ‘democracy’ in theory and practice, and discussing opportunities for change. Works featured in this journal touch on discrimination in the healthcare system, the danger of nationalist ideologies, as well as the legacies of colonization -- specifically, land dispossession, education issues, oppressive legal systems, and food insecurity. The journal concludes with three essays that take a creative analytical approach to examine themes of justice and democracy using texts from ‘Literature’-- a third-year Arts & Science course taught by director Dr. Jean Wilson.