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Miller: University should safeguard researchers’ independence

Criticism is part of science — indeed, science couldn’t move forward without it — but sometimes that criticism can be brutal. Assistant Professor of the Practice of Behavioral and Social Sciences Lisa Littman is getting a taste of that right now in the reaction to her paper on rapid-onset gender ...


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Kupetz ’19.5: In favor of the Brown Incarceration Initiative

Editor's note: This column is part of a two-part piece on the Brown History Education Initiative and the Brown Incarceration Initiative. For an incarcerated student's perspective, click here. Jeremy Pontbriant is incarcerated in the medium security facility at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute. ...


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Morley '13: Rescind Junot Díaz's Honorary Doctorate

Junot Díaz has been accused of sexual assault and misogynistic verbal abuse. I won’t reiterate the accusations here, nor will I go into the virulent objectification of women common throughout Díaz’s body of literary work, nor the barely veiled authorial self-insertion with which it was delivered. ...


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Esquivel '21: Stop separating immigrant families

The experience of growing up undocumented instilled in me a hyper-awareness of the fragility of my family’s place in U.S. society. It exposed me to the injustices of our current immigration system from an early age and has shaped a large part of who I am. My dad has always encouraged us to lead as ...


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Schilder '20: Hashtags don’t vote

Political engagement has skyrocketed since the 2016 election. Mass rallies are increasingly frequent, more non-politician candidates are running for local office and research indexes of political engagement have shot upwards. But in a time when hours on our phones are spent complaining on Facebook to ...


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Miller'11 MD'18: Don’t create a mold for Brown students

As a member of the Brown community for the past 11 years, I have come to treasure and expect the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives that we find on our campus. It’s one of the reasons why I came back after taking time off as an undergraduate and why I again came back to Brown as a medical student. ...


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Froid '21: Inviting Jeb Bush to speak is irresponsible

It was announced recently that the University intends to have former Florida Governor Jeb Bush come to campus to deliver the Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs. This decision is disappointing, to say the least. The stated goal of the lecture is, according to the lecture’s ...


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Bohman '18: Heavy petting should consider dogs’ needs too

I have hesitated a long time to write this column. I know this issue could make me a pariah on campus, but, as a senior, I guess it’s time to go out with a bang. I have a confession to make: I hate Heavy Petting. I think it’s dangerous. Here’s why. I am a dog trainer and dog sport competitor, ...


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Fritschner '06: Gun violence restraining orders are good

The actions of America’s students over the past two months aren’t just inspiring — they are everything. It is impossible to overstate the importance of local, coordinated action in this moment, and Brown’s students have stepped up. This level of grassroots engagement is what gun reform advocates ...




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