Publishing project plans to make ‘research-y’ academia entertaining
by Bryan Weismiller
A new publishing project will make it easier for Mount Royal University students to publish their academic ideas. The Centennial Reader, a digital essay database, will be putting out its first edition on Jan. 20. Current and former Mount Royal students contributed all of the submissions.
“This is a way to popularize academic thought,” said Bill Bunn, an associate professor of English involved with the project. “The world needs some of the ideas that academics talk about, but they’re often written up in ways where those ideas almost never get out.
“If the ideas are worth anything then they need to be out there doing things.” The Centennial Reader will try and appeal to an informed Canadian audience of all ages. Content must be topical, and Bunn said he still hopes that it’s entertaining.
“We’re just looking to attract some thoughtful, research-y type of material that’s geared toward a popular audience,” said Bunn. The project will initially focus on providing a way for students to get their work published. However, Bunn has higher future aspirations.
“Down the road, Mount Royal is going to need some kind of academic press and hopefully this will last long enough to be one of the blueprints of that,” he said.
Completed manuscripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org up until March 31, 2011, for the second edition.