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A Walk in the Park: Thinking Critically About Dumbarton Oaks

A Walk in the Park: Thinking Critically About Dumbarton Oaks

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02/25/2019

As is the case with idiosyncrasies, a February thaw enables all kinds of strange behaviors. Enthusiasts of this ephemeral spring, uninhibited by unseemly “winter tans,” don shorts and t-shirts; the frisbee people hone their snow-dulled skills on the front lawn, and dogs, normally in such short supply, seem to grow from the green-brown earth itself….

Carrying On: Amanda and the Pimpin’ Focus

Carrying On: Amanda and the Pimpin’ Focus

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02/15/2019

When I was a kid, I wanted my first car to be a Ford Focus. I dreamed of whipping my cool, worldly friends around my tiny Texas town in a 4-cylinder sedan, blasting all the music that didn’t play on my parents’ favorite Christian radio station. The reason I wanted a Focus was simple: When…

Carrying On: Learning to Speak My Family’s Language

Carrying On: Learning to Speak My Family’s Language

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02/01/2019

“Do you speak Korean?” asked my friend, sitting on the floor of my freshman year dorm room. “No…” “Well, have you ever been to the country?” “No,” I responded, “but—” “Well, then, you’re not Korean. So stop pretending to be.” *** When my dad moved to the United States at four years old, he didn’t…

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

Branching Out: Marching Towards a New Culture of Protest

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01/27/2019

According to Troubles I’ve Seen, Jervis Anderson’s biography of Bayard Rustin, whenever Rustin, chief organizer of the March on Washington, was asked to organize similar events, he would wisely reply, “If you bring off a good thing, you shouldn’t try to repeat it.” And a good thing it was: as Anderson’s book recounts, on a…

Deconstructing the Desktop

Deconstructing the Desktop

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01/27/2019

Computers are inherently tools of privilege. Society and the average user often view computers as blank canvases that reflect their user’s intentions, but that is not the case. Rather, computers should be viewed as tools that reflect the privileges and priorities of their historical and contemporary creators. Modern computing originated in the U.K and U.S….

Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

Carrying On: To All the Tinder Boys I’ve Ignored Before

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01/18/2019

Content Warning: Physical and sexual violence, harassment “Would you be opposed to undressing me and smothering my naked body in peanut butter?” I’m the Tinder girl most Tinder boys seem to hate. You know, the one who carries on a basic conversation but suddenly stops responding out of nowhere? How annoying, right? I’m the silent…

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