Refraction
 

ABOUT

 First Print Edition Fall 2018


 
 
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"If I were an antiquarian," answered his friend, "I would have eyes only for old stuff, but I am an historian. Therefore, I love life." The love of life, Bloch concluded, is the master quality of the historian. In other words, the historian’s ability to understand the living, to understand his or her contemporary world, is the essential or fundamental quality that historians possess.

mark bloch, 1945

 
 
 

History . . . as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations. 

James Baldwin, 1965

 
 
 
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Refraction is a democratic experiment for an age in need of more democracy. 

We seek poets, artist, fiction writers who are committed to exploring our present. We seek historians, committed to the past.

And we bring them together. 

 
 

 
 
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REFRACTION MAGAZINE

A Journal of History and Today

 

 

editors

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TREVOR GOWAN

Trevor is Social Media Editor at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

FRANCIS RUSSO

Francis is a Ph.D. student in American History at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

ROHAN SHAH

Rohan is a Ph.D. student in International History at Columbia University.  


 

contributing editors

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amanda JOYCE hall

PhD student at Yale University

 

Michelle Saenz

Urban Planner at New York

 Lotte Houwink ten Cate

lotte houwink ten cate

PhD student at Columbia University

 

mickey bradford

Writer at NYMH

 
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cathi choi

JD candidate at Harvard Law School

 

Tucker Kuman

PhD student at University of Virginia

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Paige Pendarvis

PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania

 


 
 
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