The table of contents of this double issue included the above quote from the historian Howard Zinn which might seem puzzling to the reader. Why was this quote included and what is it supposed to mean? In the opening editorial, I mused over the whole enterprise of scholarly publishing and what it amounts to in the grand scheme of things. Zinn’s quote reminds us that academia is a cloistered unit and many of the things we place importance on in the academic culture of publish or perish seem insignificant when viewed through the lens of real problems that occur outside the academic cloister. It can also mean that we are sitting in a position of privilege in our ivory tower offices while others are not.
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 7
, Article 20.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol7/iss2/20