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2017 Issue: Editors’ Note

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

–T.S. Eliot


The prefix ex- suggests “out of” or “from,” or marks states of difference: “not,” or “no longer.” Our experience abroad moved us to, from, and in-between. While navigating the terrain of the foreign, we distanced ourselves from the familiar. We exchanged our initial expectations for new insights while grappling with difficult questions of privilege and power. The movement of our introspection is captured in the following externalizations.

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