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Columns

Andrew Reed: On Liberalism

Arjun Shanmugam: Brunomics

Augustus Bayard: The Public Sphere

Beth Pollard: Stirring the Pod

Bliss Han: For the Culture

Caleb Apple: Political Calculus

Donnie Sahyouni: The American Tradition

Jackson McGough: The Rate of Change

Jaehyun Hong: In Limbo

John Wrenn: Liber Brunonia

Nidhi Bhaskar: Intersections

Matt Walsh: Created Equal

Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit: From the Quiet Green

Rachael Schmidt: The Fourier

Meghan Murphy: Big World, Smallest State

Recent Columns

Shanmugam ’23: Parents, not poverty, are preventing many children in poor countries from getting educated.

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Shanmugam ’23: Parents, not poverty, are preventing many children in poor countries from getting educated.

September 17, 2021 0 comments

Organizations such as the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development or UNICEF rightfully focus on inequalities at the country, province and village levels in their quest to improve lives. But inequality also stems from an even smaller economic agent: the household.

Han ’23: We cannot let our generation be defined by doom

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Han ’23: We cannot let our generation be defined by doom

September 15, 2021 1 comment

In the wake of 9/11, Sandra E. Garcia, a reporter for the New York Times, wrote that after the terror attacks, she felt “as if a hole was torn in (her) reality and now anything was possible — even the unimaginable.”

Gao ’24: Removing Confederate statues is not enough. We need to creatively engage with viewers to reinvent their meaning

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Gao ’24: Removing Confederate statues is not enough. We need to creatively engage with viewers to reinvent their meaning

September 15, 2021 1 comment

Near my childhood home, there was a particular sculpture that I loved: It was a big, round, abstract sculpture carved out of black granite, depicting a seated mother raising her baby into the air.

Hodges ’22: Granting D.C. statehood is a step toward achieving racial equity in the Capitol

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Hodges ’22: Granting D.C. statehood is a step toward achieving racial equity in the Capitol

September 13, 2021 6 comments

Even as the House Select Committee investigating the attack convenes, what remains absent from the conversation is the extent to which D.C. is symbolic of some of the most acute racial justice issues facing our nation: issues of equity, political representation and access.

McGrath ’24: The “Why I Left Buzzfeed” phenomenon and the broken promise of for-profit activism

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McGrath ’24: The “Why I Left Buzzfeed” phenomenon and the broken promise of for-profit activism

September 10, 2021 4 comments

“Buzzfeed, at the end of the day, is a company,” former Buzzfeed Video Producer Steph Frosch told her audience in a 2016 YouTube video. “And just like any other company, they don’t always put moral values first. They put getting money first.” 

McGough ’23: America can fight for liberty abroad without militarism

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McGough ’23: America can fight for liberty abroad without militarism

September 8, 2021 0 comments

The war in Afghanistan was one of America’s most expensive mistakes yet. Having cost a staggering $2.3 trillion  and the lives of over 5,000 Americans, the prolonged conflict accomplished none of its long-term goals.

Simon ’25: A start to college more tentative than usual

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Simon ’25: A start to college more tentative than usual

September 8, 2021 1 comment

The last night before I left home felt biblical. In the days leading up to my departure for my freshman year of college, my hometown was hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ida blowing up the East Coast. I remember winds and claps of thunder so loud they chased away sleep but felt dreamlike all the same.

Fleischmann ’22: The pandemic isolated us. Now, we can choose how to reconnect.

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Fleischmann ’22: The pandemic isolated us. Now, we can choose how to reconnect.

September 8, 2021 1 comment

Most people, I expect, can feel the buzz around campus. Months after the first vaccines rolled out, the fog of COVID is finally lifting before the promise of a somewhat normal year. I moved into my apartment a few days ago and was shocked by what seemed like a universal […]

McGrath ’24: All the web’s a stage: social performance and the rise of Internet slacktivism

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McGrath ’24: All the web’s a stage: social performance and the rise of Internet slacktivism

July 14, 2021 1 comment

“The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information,” Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, told the BBC in 2003. “The idea was that by writing something together, and as people worked on it, they could iron out misunderstanding.”

Bayard ’24: Biden has redefined bipartisanship for the better

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Bayard ’24: Biden has redefined bipartisanship for the better

May 13, 2021 1 comment

Joe Biden campaigned on bipartisanship, on “the spirit of being able to work with one another.” To be frank, that is hardly what we’ve gotten from his presidency thus far, one defined by partisan legislative maneuvering.