Not So Black-and-White

Since 1944, Middle Eastern- and North African-Americans have been legally “white,” having to check the “white” box on demographic surveys like the U.S. census. The reason for this classification can be traced to the 19th century, when MENA Christians who intended to immigrate to the United States identified as “Caucasian” to evade restrictive and racist … Read more

The Rise of the Pynk Vote

When asked whether there was a candidate in the Democratic primary race that she particularly liked, Devin Hoffman, a freshman at Boston College, told the HPR, “Honestly, I’ve been a little disappointed by all of them.” Grace Stewart, a freshman at Providence College, said that she “did[n’t] love any of them.” Jayna Robatham, a freshman … Read more

The Myth of Algae Biofuels

In 2017, ExxonMobil announced an intriguing energy innovation: In partnership with biotech company Synthetic Genomics, it had used CRISPR gene-editing technology to produce a strain of algae that ExxonMobil claimed could pave the way toward a sustainable future and “reduce the risk of climate change.” Ever since then, the company has used numerous social media … Read more

The Nuanced Push for American Sex Education

According to the Sexuality and Information Council of the United States, only 38 percent of high schools and 14 percent of middle schools across the country teach all 19 topics identified as critical for sex education by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite research demonstrating the health benefits of comprehensive sex education that … Read more

How to Fail at Regime Change

Since 2001, the United States has led three military inventions with the explicit goal of toppling foreign governments. In October 2001, less than one month after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban government, which was sheltering and refusing to extradite leaders of Al-Qaeda. In March 2003, the … Read more

Meet the Fellows: Interview with Bob Cohn, President of The Atlantic

Bob Cohn is currently serving as a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Cohn is also the president of The Atlantic, a literary and cultural commentary magazine distributed in print and online, founded in 1857. Before working at The Atlantic, Cohn worked for Newsweek and Wired magazines. Cohn has been named Publishing Executive of … Read more

From Selfies to Progress in El Salvador

The world has taken more than 350 million selfies. Selfie-taking hordes have invaded popular tourist destinations, while the bathroom mirror selfie has not yet gone out of vogue on Instagram. Amidst this growing popular trend, one place seemed sacrosanct: the United Nations General Assembly.  It is sacrosanct no longer. President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador … Read more

The Academic Edge

Even if Hari Parameswaran, captain of the 2018-2019 Beavercreek High School Quiz Bowl team, had not known who the prime minister of New Zealand was — Jacinda Ardern — he would have still led his sunglasses-clad trivia squad to a soaring victory at the High School National Championship Tournament in May. “We were expecting to … Read more

The Bollywood Dilemma

India’s Rape Pandemic Every year, the National Crime Records Bureau of India releases a document with updates on the prevalence of crime throughout the nation, and every year, there is seldom improvement when it comes to crimes against women. The 338,954 crimes against women reported in 2016 marked an increase from the 309,546 incidents reported … Read more

The Ivy Pipeline

This past October marked one year since the swearing in of Justice Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice to the United States Supreme Court. On October 7, 2018, after a historic 50-48 Senate vote in favor of the appointment, Kavanugh was confirmed to the highest court in the land. This moment was historic on many … Read more