This is the fifth issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge since its inception in Spring 2002, and the second issue published at UMass Boston. Aside from many fine papers by students at UMass Boston enrolled in my courses and those of Anna Beckwith, an adjunct lecturer of Sociology at UMB, and an insightful article on the topic of alienation by Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UMB, it is a great pleasure to have as guests in this issue a first symposium of exemplary essays from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, made possible through the initiative of Khaldoun Samman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Macalester College—a close friend and colleague.



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