Less than a year ago, the Midwest World History Association (MWWHA) was founded. The editing team of this journal has had even less time to begin the process of staffing, recruitment, outreach and editing. I am delighted to report that in this short time we have had submissions and serious enquiries from all over the United States as well as from Hong Kong, India, Ghana, and the Netherlands. This global outreach is very much in keeping with the principle of our association and of this journal. The mission of this journal is to serve as a common forum, a middle ground, for everyone who shares an interest in world history. Because of this, we have devoted considerable time reaching out to contributors and audiences who may not ordinarily access, or have a use for, journals. In turn, we seek to redefine and to broaden the meaning and possibilities of what a journal can represent. In essence, we continually seek the middle ground between academe and the broader learned world, cutting across geographic, conceptual, methodological, and other traditional divides. This is the beginning of a work in progress. We are grateful that a distinguished leader in the field of world history, Craig Lockard, has generously shared his thought provoking final lecture with us. This gave us an opportunity to invite all of the editors of the journal, as well as friends of the journal, to participate in the first of what will be a continuing series of roundtables. Another distinguished leader in the field, Edward Farmer, will contribute a keynote essay of this series in the second issue. Al Andrea, president of the World History Association, will contribute the keynote for the third issue. Bob Bain and others have also kindly agreed to participate in future issues. We also thank Susan E. Smith, our Assistant Editor for Special Projects, and the MWWHA's vice president, for her column on public education. We are also delighted to have book reviews submitted by Paul Jentz and Andrew Jarboe. Andrew is a graduate student of world history, and a Contributing Editor for the journal.
While we continue to recruit more editors and contributors, and edit the submissions already in queue, we have several projects in development. Jeanne E. Grant, Nat Godley, and Drew Mannetter (Assistant Editors, Articles), and Tracy Barrett and Tanya Maus (Contributing Editors) and myself will continue to plan and edit the Crossing Borders roundtable series initiated by Lockard and Farmer. By the publication of this issue our editors for articles, Jeanne, Nat, and Drew, will have well over ten articles under review. Tracy Barrett is also developing a series on how world history is being taught around the world. Andrew Jarboe is developing a forum on creating teaching materials for high school/college world history classes - including the testing of these materials in classrooms. He is also tasked with organizing outreach efforts towards graduate students. Tanya Maus is developing a thematic series on the teaching of social welfare issues within world history classes. Susan Smith will continue to develop her column on public education while leading a special outreach effort towards K-12 teachers. Jodi R.B. Eastberg, primarily tasked with editing book reviews for the journal, will also develop review essays integrating textbooks, teaching materials, and classroom experiences. Jodi and John Pincince will continue to develop the book review section. Much of the work accomplished by these volunteer editors will become evident shortly. Many of them have taken tremendous amounts of time over their summer break to develop their own sections, as well as to assist one another. They have done a marvelous job towards fulfilling the mandate given to us by the MWWHA.
In conclusion, there are far too many friends of the journal, mentors and friends who have provided invaluable guidance for me to adequately thank them here. Please forgive me, then, for choosing to convey my gratitude privately instead. It is important, I think, to note that neither the association, nor this journal, would have materialized without the unwavering persistence, optimism, and encouragement of our president Paul Jentz. We are, therefore, grateful for his leadership.