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Articles by Brian Judge (11)


Judge ’11: In Good We Hope

April 6, 2011 Comments are Disabled

At first glance, it might seem inappropriate that the motto of an institution such as Brown would be “In God We Hope.” The God of our Baptist forbearers has had very little to do with our experience of the last four years. However, I believe that “In Deo Speramus” expresses something more relevant than ever as we prepare to leave the safety of Brown and join the world beyond College Hill — for all of our collective mistrust in traditional absolutes, there are some that still must be hoped for if we are to rise to the calling that this day represents.


Brian Judge ’11: Affects are privileges

April 20, 2010 1 comment

Recently I attended a lecture by photographer Fazal Sheikh, a MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient, during the opening of his exhibition “Blessed Daughters.” Mr. Sheikh began by showing the audience photographs of Sudanese refugees in Kenya. He went through a dozen or so pictures of gatherings of refugees posing for his camera, while reciting each subject’s name. He said he found it striking that the people he photographed there chose to represent themselves to the camera in a direct, unpretentious manner.


Brian Judge ’11: Greater expectations: the case against indiscrimination

April 6, 2010 Comments are Disabled

It seems like every week there is a lecture that has the words “race,” “gender” or “class” in the title. By remaining fixated on the power structures that created these “constructs,” we neglect the real possibility for unity and community.


Brian Judge ’11: The creeping nihilism of Stanley Fish

March 2, 2010 Comments are Disabled

A few days ago, Providence native and New York Times opinionator Stanley Fish penned the most mind-bogglingly stupid opinion column I have ever read (“Are There Secular Reasons?”, Feb. 22). In fact, this column was so stupid that Professor Fish managed to edge out Miss Teen South Carolina for “stupidest thing I have ever heard,” even though he uses complete sentences and references 17th century philosophers.


Brian Judge ’11: Workin’ on my fitness

February 12, 2010 Comments are Disabled

“We should be able to afford to keep the lights on all night in the OMAC just like we can afford to keep stacks of room-temperature cheese next to a hotel pan of fried chicken. It’s just common sense.”


Brian Judge ’11: Haiti: where morality meets reality

February 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled

As I read the heart-wrenching accounts of people being pulled from the rubble in Port-au-Prince, I couldn’t help but wonder what we hope to do for Haiti in the long term. Eventually the streets will be cleared of rubble and the wounds will start to heal. But what comes next?


Brian Judge ’11: Teach teachers how to teach

December 1, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Publish or perish. This is the mantra of the aspiring professor in the American university system. If the only purpose of universities was research, this wouldn’t be a problem. “Publish or perish” is merely a narrower version of the more comprehensive mantra of the American economy: do your job, or get fired.


Having the courage to be free

November 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled

It is easy to believe that capitalism/socialism/oil/money/pesticide/meat-eating/the Jews/the Illuminati is the root of all of mankind’s problems. It’s easy, and it’s wrong.


Brian Judge ’11: A sense of humor no one likes

October 26, 2009 Comments are Disabled

I hereby present for the consumption of all hypocrites, capitalist/chauvinist pigs, etc.: Stuff that Brown students who write “Stuff that Brown Students Like” like.


Brian Judge ’11: Oration on the dignity of the humanities

October 20, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Intellectual conscience is the faculty of mind that opposes injustice, and the humanities are about cultivating a student’s intellectual conscience