When The Georgetown Review began publishing in 2016, we told you that we aimed to offer Georgetown something more, a thoughtful and vigorous journal of news and opinion.
For too long, Georgetown lacked a publication that gave voice to the beliefs and concerns of a great many of its students and alumni. And without a publication to express their views, these voices were overlooked or, worse, entirely forgotten.
The introduction of a journal like ours to Georgetown—a place where Clinton, Albright, Durbin and Dingell form the communion of saints—is a development not to be taken lightly. From time to time, similar publications have appeared at this university but never one that took a lasting hold on campus life.
We take on this role with a sense of urgency and a clear-eyed vision of our place in time. Today, campus conservatives no longer stand at the gates defending the university from an impending flood of liberal orthodoxy. No, today they are deeply submerged, drowning in the lunacy of the academic left.
Why then do we carry on? Because we have good reason to expect better from a place like Georgetown.
The difference lies in a university mission that is particular—a distinguished history, a Jesuit tradition, a commitment to the pursuit of truth and the open exchange of ideas. It is what differentiates us at Georgetown from the mobs at Middlebury or those at Berkeley, where the sense of mission is as diffuse and indistinguishable as the inkblots of the Rorschach test.
If it is to endure, The Georgetown Review must stand for something. On this point, we must make our convictions unmistakably clear.
We support the university’s liberal arts tradition, its rigorous academic standards, students’ right to free speech and Georgetown’s Catholic identity. We stand firmly against the illiberal impulse that thrives here and on campuses across the country.
As The Georgetown Review enters its second year in publication, we remain ever more committed to those principles on which we were founded and to reporting on the issues that matter most on campus and in politics today.
Kevin Toohers (COL ’17)