Kids, COVID-19 and Preschool over Zoom: Stunting educational progress and exacerbating inequities amongst America’s youngest children

Kids, COVID-19 and Preschool over Zoom: Stunting educational progress and exacerbating inequities amongst America’s youngest children

The start of quarantine was rocky for Masada Siegel, a freelance journalist with a 4-year-old son. Writing for CNN, Siegel shared that although she initially strived to complete schoolwork and play with her son during the day, those activities became impossible as household and work responsibilities piled up around her. Instead of teaching out of … Read more

Pandemic Patriotism

Something courses through my veins to the beat of the fireworks that erupt above. Stone Mountain looms before me, the world’s largest granite monolith abask in red, white and blue floodlights while the Star-Spangled Banner roars from the speakers at its base. As the national anthem concludes on a climax, my heart pounds fervently with … Read more

The Neurology of Loneliness

The Neurology of Loneliness

In 1842, famed writer Charles Dickens visited a prison in Philadelphia, and he did not like what he saw. “The system here is rigid, strict, and hopeless solitary confinement,” he wrote. “I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body.” Unfortunately, … Read more

Culture Jamming: Subversion as Protest

Many of today’s most urgent political struggles are defined not by citizen-government conflict but by tension between consumers and corporations. The pharmaceutical industry’s opioid epidemic, Big Food’s obesity crisis, and a climate emergency created by the fossil fuel industry all point to industry’s pervasive influence in the modern world order. In 2018, 157 of the … Read more

Lasers: The Future of Protests

Lasers were once considered to be tools of the future. While movies like Star Wars and James Bond have traditionally depicted them as science fiction, the days of thinking about lasers as a futuristic tool have come to an end. Protesters around the globe are now using cheap, commercial lasers to confront police, cause disorder, … Read more

Good Protestor, Bad Protestor

“Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!”  Anyone who has attended a protest will be quick to recognize those lines as a fixed feature of any demonstration, whether it be the Women’s March or Black Lives Matter. “The right of the people peaceably to assemble” is enshrined in the First … Read more

Revolutionizing Harvard

Revolutionizing Harvard

When about 50 students occupied Harvard’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid on December 12, 2019, they carried the legacy of a nearly half-century-long call for Harvard to create an Ethnic Studies department. The occupation represented one of several recent actions that have gripped campus and jarred the administration. From Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard’s sit-in … 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

More for Mormon Women

All eyes fell upon me at Young Women Sunday School when it was my turn to answer the question about what I wanted to be when I grew up. “I plan to attend law school, and later possibly run for public office,” I answered. By the time I had given my response, the temperature in … Read more