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Live Ideas Journal


Live Ideas is the open-access, peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of Kansas State University’s Primary Texts Certificate program. It is co-produced by students and faculty at K-State and is published online once a semester. Our reason for founding and organizing Live Ideas was that we wanted to create a credible academic source that focuses on publishing the work of undergraduate students. 

The mission is to provide a platform from which undergraduates can express their original ideas or add to the conversations of existing ideas in creative, unbounded, and meaningful ways. However, a journal will not be influential unless it is read. In the age of social media, blog posts, and “fake news,” we strove to create a place where academic content and ideas could be brought forth and presented in an accessible and engaging format. To do so, we decided to break away from the traditional journal format by providing a new and exciting journal that published multiple forms of content, from the traditional essay, to poetry and artwork, to short films and photo essays. 

The journal seeks works that are especially engaging, as is reflected in our author guidelines. Submissions should be alive in the full sense of the word. Check out the journal's website here!


Published work is often presented to those inside and outside of the program, such as our most recent readings at Arrow Coffee. Artists are given opportunities to break down their own work, which can be seen in the bottom two videos of Dene Dryden and Olivia Rogers.


Live Ideas Presents at Arrow Coffee


"Contextualizing 'Land of Shadows' As a Post Race Black Detective Novel" Interview with Dene Dryden


"Louisa May Alcott's Transcendentalism" Interview with Olivia Rogers