A new facet is being added to the already thriving core of the Levan Center for the Humanities, based at Bakersfield College.
It's called the Levan Humanities Review and Jack Hernandez, director of the center, said the first issue will be published online in April 2013.
In describing the expected content of the review, Hernandez said contributions should reflect the mission of the center, which demonstrates the philosophy of Norman Levan, a local physician for whom the center is named.
"Since Dr. Levan was educated, and is interested, in science and medicine as well as the humanities," Hernandez said, "we want to encourage interdisciplinary thinking between these areas."
There is an ample range of topics to write about in terms of the connections between science and other disciplines. As Hernandez points out, the humanities cover a broad field of study, including literature, languages, philosophy, religion, history, art, music, dance, theater, and related areas in the social sciences.
"We are aiming it (the review) at a well-educated audience but we want essays that are written in language that is acessible to someone not in the field."
By their very nature, essays such as these reflect an opinion, a personal viewpoint, he said.
"For example, someone could write about how end-of-life issues have affected them and their view of the world."
Those who contribute to the review must be residents of the area served by the Kern Community College District, which encompasses most of Kern County as well as Porterville in Tulare County.
The review is open to new works by emerging and established local writers, including academics, medical professionals as well as others in the fields of law, business and journalism, and other interested residents. As for undergraduates, he said students at BC, CSUB and other colleges may submit, but their work needs to have the kind of content one might find in magazines like the Atlantic Monthly.
Articles must be no more than 5,000 words, and there is no payment for submissions.
Poetry will be considered but submissions are limited to three poems per submission.
Hernandez will serve as editor of the review. He will be assisted by an editorial board that includes Lily Hirsch, a Bakersfield musicologist and former assistant professor of music at Cleveland State University; Tom Larwood, a local physician; and four members of the BC faculty, all of whom are professors in their area of expertise. They are Erin Miller, history; Brad Stiles, English; Nick Strobel, physical science; and Rene Trujillo, philosophy.