Inaugural IssueThis issue represents a new beginning for the Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies. Initially founded by students in the College of Social Studies (CSS) in 1985 and published in hardcopy, it is reborn electronically with this issue. While this journal was edited by students from the CSS, submissions were sought widely across disciplines and departments during spring term, 2011. Submissions came from students in American Studies, FGSS, Sociology, History, Government and the CSS. We are proud to note the high caliber of submissions, and wide range of material covered. The breadth of topics addressed is a testament to the intellectual curiosity of the authors and the academic environment at Wesleyan which has fostered their budding academic selves. We are encouraged by the excitement displayed by editors, reviewers and authors; we are eager for UJSS to be a locus for interdisciplinary dialogue and a training round for scholarship in years to come. We would like to thank everyone who submitted, reviewed, and edited for this years issue as well as the College of Social Studies and University ITS for making the reincarnation of UJSS a possibility. We recognize, however, that this is merely a beginning. In hopes of encouraging a continuing commitment to UJSS and the principles of undergraduate scholarship and interdisciplinary social studies, we would like to take this opportunity to announce the donation of funds for a small cash prize (amount TBD) to be awarded to the author of next year's best submission as determined by the editorial board.
The Promise of Perfectibility: Can Education Save Us from a Malthusian Trap?
Jacob A. Eichengreen
Rediscovering Old Roots: Bulgaria and Agricultural Possibilities
Miranda S. Becker