June 7, 2007 - (BRONX, NY) - In producing Ad Libitum, the art & literary journal of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, students Souvik Sarkar (Class of 2007) and Soumit Roy (a 4th year Ph.D. candidate) seek to encourage members of the medical school's community to express themselves through literature and art as well as through their scientific pursuits. The result is a professional quality magazine filled with poetry, short fiction, art and photography - with each and every entry submitted by students, staff and faculty at the College of Medicine.
"The idea was to encourage creativity and to invite everyone at Einstein to participate," says Sarkar, who co-founded the publication with alumna Dr. Tara Vijayan (Class of 2006) and first introduced the publication on campus in 2003. "We want Ad Libitum to be a podium for everyone's expression."
Now in its fifth year, Ad Libitum features creations submitted from all over the campus. Its first rendition was a staple-bound publication printed on white card stock, but it lacked the capability to showcase photographs with appropriate quality. However, with support from the Office of Education and printing assistance from the Graphic Arts Department, the journal has evolved into a publication that is now suitable for bookstore magazine shelves and newsstands - even though it is only available on the Einstein campus and website.
"Our philosophy is to try to incorporate everyone and to allow otherwise shy members of the Einstein community a way to display their hidden talents," says Roy, who has served as editor-in-chief for the past three years. "We've published works by students, professors, administrative staff and service staff. And we've grown with each issue, both in the number of submissions we receive and the number of pages we publish."
The journal's volunteer staff also is expanding, with five additional students pitching in and learning the ropes of producing a quality publication.
"Ultimately, we hope to receive submissions from throughout Einstein, from all our affiliates and not just those located in the Bronx," says Sarkar
"Ad Libitum means 'point of view of the artist, to be performed at the discretion of the performer's choice' and, with each issue, we aim to portray the points of view of as many members of the Einstein community as we possibly can," adds Roy. "We want everyone associated with the medical school to have a platform for sharing their creative expressions."