BSJ

The Butler Scholarly Journal

About

Editor-in-chief: Isobel Roser
Deputy Editor: Lewis Wright
Editorial Board: Kerry Alderson, Hannah Chambers, Heather Craddock, Kiran Kaur, Charlotte Marino, William Parsons, Lisa Schermann, Emily Skillcorn, Rebecca Winkle.

Welcome to Josephine Butler’s ‘scholarly journal’. Butler is bright, young and interesting, and we have the capacity to create a reputation for our college as a really stimulating place to study, think and debate. We have a fascinating set of people around us, all of whom have something different to say. Butler may be a young college but we create our own traditions, and desiring to think beyond our degrees should be one of them.

We pay extortionate amounts to learn at University level. Most of us will leave in three or four years with a huge amount of debt. We must search to gain more out of our University experience than we did before. This means more than reading for an essay in excess of three days before the deadline, not falling asleep in seminars or, on the other end of the scale, managing a whole five nights out in a row. We are in a situation where we are surrounded by inquiring minds, by people who don’t take life for granted or read the news passively. We’re in a community full of opinions, and it is time to make the most of that fact.

This blog is intended to act as a platform for debate on anything you find interesting. What are your thoughts on the presidential campaign? Do you yourself aspire to own ‘binders of women’? Do you think drugs should be legalised?  Are you patriotic? What do you think of J.K. Rowling’s attempt to move away from Harry Potter? What about your degree subject have you found interesting (or indeed baffling)? Anything you want to talk about, and to debate, this is the place to do it.

If you would like to have an article published, or are interested in becoming part of the editorial team, please email: i.k.roser@durham.ac.uk

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