HPRgument: Tradition vs Gender Equality

Two events in recent weeks have brought Harvard’s attention to the issue of gender equality in exclusive student organizations. On September 8, seventeen undergraduate women decided to audition for a spot in the Hasty Pudding Theatrical cast, and in doing so they challenged the group’s long-standing tradition of including only men in its drag shows. A … Read more

HPRgument: The Refugee Crisis

The nightmarish Syrian Civil War has claimed many victims. 310,000 have been killed in the maelstrom, and even more have been driven from their homes. 6.5 million people have been displaced in the country, and 4.1 million have been forced to abandon Syria entirely. Taken together, approximately half of all Syrians have been forced to … Read more

#HarvardYouthPoll: Analyzing Harvard’s Spring 2015 Poll of Young Americans

Every fall and spring, the Harvard Public Opinion Project (HPOP) releases America’s largest poll of young people. The poll usually gets a great deal of national coverage. Unfortunately, much of this coverage only goes skin deep, highlighting the supposed apathy of young people in America and our cynicism about the future of politics. This project, a partnership between HPOP … Read more

HPRgument: Iran Nuclear Deal

On April 2, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a potentially historic framework nuclear agreement with Iran. The deal was the product of intense negotiations between the United States, the Islamic Republic, and several other global powers. If the terms are confirmed, Iran will place a series of restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for … Read more

HPRgument: Safe Spaces

On March 21, Judith Shulevitz published an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing the rise of “safe spaces” on college campuses across the United States. Shulevitz writes that the rise of safe spaces and other institutionalized support systems “may be exacerbating students’ ‘self-infantilization,’” causing students to become insular beings too fragile to handle the reality … Read more

HPRgument: Primal Scream #BlackLivesMatter Protest

A few short minutes before midnight on December 10, hundreds of Harvard undergraduates gathered in the center of Harvard’s campus to partake in a semiannual tradition called Primal Scream. This year the tradition, which involves students taking a naked lap through campus in order to relieve end-of-semester stress, was interrupted by a much smaller group … Read more