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Young academics seek contributors for upstart conservative journal

A web magazine run by young graduate students, recent college graduates and researchers is looking for the next generation of conservative thinkers.

Athwart publishes “thoughtful examinations of America’s social and cultural trajectory as well as warnings against destinations that out to be avoided.”

The editors’ vision is “a remembrance of things past, gratitude for things present, and optimism for things to come.”

“We must build an altar of prayer with what we have,” its mission statement continued. “There is much in our world to critique, but even more to celebrate.”

Its name riffs on the writer and National Review founder William F. Buckley, Jr.‘s description of his conservative magazine as “stand[ing] athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”

“Whereas some today would sell desperation, we at Athwart fight against it,” its website stated.

“Buckley’s old dictum, perhaps once useful, now only leaves the thinker as Cassandra, cursed by heaven, waiting despairingly for death, and howling in feeble anguish as the world continues churning its course unfazed.”

“We do not deny there is sometimes the need for denunciation,” it continued. “Yet there is always a need for annunciation.”

Bradley Davis, a master’s candidate at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, heads the journal as editor-in-chief. William Lombardo serves as managing editor, Joseph Keegin is senior editor and Nick Whitaker, Ryan Shinkel, and Max Bodach are associate editors.

Recent articles covered intellectual topics in political philosophy and cultural criticism. Thomas Howes authored a June 5 essay on the history and philosophy of human rights, Ryan Shinkel wrote in remembrance of the late critic and University of Virginia English Professor Paul Cantor and Marie Glancy O’Shea reflected “on children and Ukraine.”

The magazine invites writers of all experience levels to send submissions and questions to [email protected].

Readers can follow Athwart on Twitter @AthwartMag.

Read more about the publication here.

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