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My Mother, a Trump Supporter

My Mother, a Trump Supporter

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02/03/2017

The 2016 election cycle forced me to come to terms with a dimension of my mom’s character that I did not know existed before, and that I did not want to confront. Discussing politics with my mom was never pleasant, but recent events heightened the stakes of our discussions. We spoke with the fervor and…

Civil Religion on Campus:  A Potential Danger

Civil Religion on Campus: A Potential Danger

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02/03/2017

Civil religion, as defined by sociologist Robert Bellah, is a set of common values and sacred symbols derived from national history that form a cohesive, quasi-religious faith within the United States. Americans accept this civil religion in accordance with certain fundamental values, beliefs, holidays, and symbols that are considered quintessentially American. Bellah asserts that civil…

The Public School Story DeVos Won’t Tell You

The Public School Story DeVos Won’t Tell You

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01/28/2017

Betsy DeVos, the nominee for secretary of education, has a lot of ideas about the present state of our public education system. In light of this, I’d like to share the story of my experience in public school. My education has never been in question. I always knew exactly where I was going next. From…

Georgetown Graduate Student-workers Need a Union

Georgetown Graduate Student-workers Need a Union

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01/26/2017

When many fellow graduate student-workers and I started the Doctoral Students’ Coalition (DSC) over a year ago, I didn’t have a firm opinion about whether graduate student-workers on campus should form a union. I wondered whether we could make desperately-needed gains to our salaries, benefits, and working conditions through coordinated, sustained advocacy efforts without a…

Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: Choose Love With Action

Beyond Thoughts and Prayers: Choose Love With Action

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01/23/2017

On Jan. 13, Jewish Life through Campus Ministry hosted a Civil Rights Shabbat. The powerful messages discussed by Rabbi Rachel Gartner, Professor Terrence Johnson, and Professor Jacques Berlinerblau culminated in the urgency for our communities to come together and have one another’s backs. One reading from the Jewish prayerbook, which draws from the Exodus story,…

Making Space for Faith in Liberalism

Making Space for Faith in Liberalism

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01/01/2017

We sat in silence with our eyes closed for half an hour, contemplating the people who motivate and inspire us. Those in attendance could share their thoughts periodically, but there was no pressure to speak. It was 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and I was at a Quaker meeting in the John Main Center….

An Open Letter to Stephen Bannon

An Open Letter to Stephen Bannon

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12/09/2016

Dear Mr. Stephen K. Bannon, We represent 173 current students and recent alumni from across all eight graduate programs in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and we are reaching out to ask you, a fellow graduate of Georgetown University, to uphold the stated values of our shared alma mater in your role…

Collaboration and Coordination Drive Change

Collaboration and Coordination Drive Change

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12/02/2016

On Friday, Nov. 18, I took a walk. Starting in Red Square, I strolled down O, made a right on Wisconsin, left on M, slight right on Pennsylvania, and then slight left on L. All the way I chanted slogans like “Climate change affects us all!”, “Who’s planet? Our planet!”, and “This is what democracy…

Do Not Take Your Democracy for Granted

Do Not Take Your Democracy for Granted

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12/02/2016

I come from a highly politicized country where abstaining from voting is considered shameful. In Turkey, the rule of “no politics at the dinner table” would be met with ridicule. I grew up in an even more politicized family that may not eat dinner together every night, but no matter what, will sit down at…

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