SPECTRA is a student-led online scholarly journal established as part of the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) program at Virginia Tech. The journal features work of an interdisciplinary nature and is designed to provide an academic forum for students to showcase research, explore controversial topics, and take intellectual risks. SPECTRA welcomes submissions for publication by way of scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, interviews and other works that operate within a problem-centered, theory-driven framework.
Publishing contemporary poetry and fiction as well as reviews, critical commentary, and interviews of leading intellectual figures, the minnesota review curates smart yet accessible collections of progressive new work. This eclectic survey provides lively and sophisticated signposts to navigating current critical discourse. Under the leadership of new editor Janell Watson, the review will maintain its tradition of exploring the most exciting literary and critical developments for both specialists and a general audience.
The editorial headquarters of The Minnesota Review is housed in ASPECT.
The ASPECT newsletter is produced by the ASPECT Student Association at Virginia Tech with the support of the ASPECT Program. The purpose of the newsletter is to disseminate information on ASPECT related events and to introduce ASPECT students to the wider academic community.