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Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

by Chris Berger Attempting one’s first steps into philosophic thought is a daunting, frankly reckless, and directionless gamble. I say directionless because good guidance is at such a premium and reckless because we seldom have a clear idea of what we want out of it. As for daunting, those who take such a step with confidence know not what they’re getting into. What is the … Continue reading Getting Things Done, Philosopher Style

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Fear and Loathing in Modernity

by Chris Berger We moderns are uncomfortable with being modern. Such is the point of departure for Steven B. Smith’s probing new book, Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Un-Making the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow. This will make it of pressing interest for those interested in the political, philosophical, and even literary engagements with our modern context.  That word, “discontent,” diagnoses our present situation … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Modernity

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New Year, Same You

by Sanaa Humayun This time of year makes everyone ponder change. A new year means a new beginning, a fresh start. I want to believe this, to buy into this idea that when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve your slate is immediately wiped clean, and all your transgressions from the previous year are forgiven. But really, what makes January 1st any different … Continue reading New Year, Same You

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Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

by Chris Berger According to his close friend Allan Bloom, novelist Saul Bellow had a saying: even if you plan on making the trip to eternity, you still have to catch the train on Randolph Street (at least if you’re setting out from Chicago).  To my knowledge he never penned this aphorism in any of his published works, but nevertheless it is reflective of a theme … Continue reading Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

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Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

Today in Canada, a lot of people (read: white people) are gaining interest in race, politics, privilege, and intersectionality. A large part of this privilege-checking process is recognizing either a white identity’s inherent complicity and vowing to recognize that as an ally, or in dismantling one’s complex oppressions and finding possible arenas for resistance. A binary between white and non-white occurs because our power structures … Continue reading Our Canada: Reflections on Half-White Canadianism | By Bria Said

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Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

Our Canada is a series focusing on the stories of people of colour and their experiences living in Canada. By sharing these points of view, The Wanderer hopes to shed light on the microaggressions faced by people of colour and celebrate Canada’s diversity.  I grew up as a first generation Canadian, and I’ve always identified as Canadian more than anything else. Nonetheless, I know that parts of who I am are … Continue reading Our Canada: My Culture is Not a Commodity | By Sanaa Humayun

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Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun

Welcome, dear reader, to Insight at The Wanderer. I’d like to think of Insight as the Hufflepuff of Wanderer sections. We’re just a little bit of everything. This is the place for all the stuff that doesn’t quite fit anywhere else. Insight is perfect for personal narratives, stories, fiction and non-fiction of all kinds. This is what makes me so excited to be a writer and … Continue reading Welcome to Insight at The Wanderer | By Sanaa Humayun

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About Hair | By Sharon Mvundura

In the 1960s George E. Johnson invented a chemical relaxer, an at home product that women could use to straighten their hair. This new product joined the ranks of the hotcomb as a way for black women to straighten their curly kinky hair. Synthetic and human hair extensions emerged in the 80’s and gave black women the ability to transform their hair into anything they … Continue reading About Hair | By Sharon Mvundura

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New Cancer Research Initiatives in Northern Alberta | By Hanhmi Huynh

In 2004, my cousin, Tanya passed away from cancer. She taught my brother and I how to play black jack, and took my cousins and I to watch 14A movies when we were too young. She was a talented pianist, a U of A Geophysics graduate, a runner, and overall one of the bravest individuals I knew. The details of the type of cancer and … Continue reading New Cancer Research Initiatives in Northern Alberta | By Hanhmi Huynh

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Why Do We Have To Leave To Find Ourselves? | By Keaton Peterson

Beer on our breath and marble cobblestone underfoot, our new friends accompanied us on our trek through Old Town towards the sea. Scurrying underneath Byzantium-era archways, we bypassed stonewalls that had kept the Republic of Dubrovnik safe for centuries. The ancient city streets ended where the Adriatic Sea began. Having acquired liquid confidence at an Irish Pub, we scaled the rubble of a crumbled section … Continue reading Why Do We Have To Leave To Find Ourselves? | By Keaton Peterson