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Counter-Protesting the March for Life

Counter-Protesting the March for Life

I’m bad at activism. I acknowledge it. I read articles but don’t share them. I hear about, for example, Donald Trump’s executive order on the Dakota Access Pipeline and skim friends’ “Organize—tonight!” posts, and I scroll past, ashamed, thinking of my bag of potatoes and head of broccoli and frying pan waiting for me to…

The Age of Anti-Communication

The Age of Anti-Communication

When my mom was applying for new jobs last year, she found out it is no longer customary to reply to emails. Out of the dozens of jobs for which she applied, only a couple actually responded to her with an answer, whether that was yes or no. She put work into writing cover letters,…

Doing Our Part in Trying Times: Cutting Down Consumption

Doing Our Part in Trying Times: Cutting Down Consumption

This year, my New Year’s resolution was to not buy a single bottle of water all year. I’ve broken it already (isn’t that what New Year’s resolutions are for anyways?), and I have no doubt that I’ll break it again and again as the year progresses. But no matter what, I won’t give up on…

My Mother, a Trump Supporter

My Mother, a Trump Supporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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