The Department of English and Philosophy is now home to an undergraduate journal of literary research. LURe (Literary Undergraduate Research in English) will publish its second volume this fall, with a limited run of print copies and now also as an online journal. Joining only a few journals in the nation dedicated to publishing scholarly work by undergraduate English majors, LURepromotes scholarship in literature, critical theory, film, and cultural studies. Conceived as a collaboration between Professor Lisa Crafton and English major Josh Black in the spring of 2010, the project sought, first, to acknowledge achievements in critical writing by UWG English majors and, second, to launch a peer-reviewed national journal for undergraduate scholarship. With energetic commitment and vision, Black applied for and received a grant from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for start-up expenses, and LURe was launched with an editorial board of seven student and three faculty editors.
Released in November 2010, the first volume published a collection of papers presented at the UWG Undergraduate Conference in the spring of that year. The second volume features articles by students from Emory, Mercer, and Minnesota as well as UWG and features a new logo selected by the editors from a contest held last year. Drawing upon the journal title’s metaphor of a fishing lure, the winning artist Caitlin Whitehead has provided the publication with a unique and recognizable graphic. A call for submissions to volume three is forthcoming. LURe offers students in the department an opportunity to be a part of a scholarly dialogue among undergraduates and to gain experience in scholarly publishing, from evaluating manuscript submissions to communications to copy editing. The 2012-13 editorial board consists of Josh Black, editor-in-chief, Sydney Bolding, Jenna Harvie, Taylor Smith, Nate Graham, Stephen Smith, Amy Hayes, Angel Bullington, Madelaine Turpin, Jennifer Bolden, and faculty advisors Lisa Crafton, Meg Pearson, and Debra MacComb. Any student interested in participating in LURe should contact Lisa Crafton or email LURejournal@ gmail.com and join the "LURe" group on Facebook for updates and meeting schedules.