Lessons from a UC Meeting 

On a snowy December night, the Harvard Undergraduate Council hosted the inauguration of James Mathew ’21 and Ifeoma White-Thorpe ’21 — the president-elect and vice president-elect of the UC. The ceremony was the main event of the evening; speeches and swearing-ins marked a celebratory, symbolic transfer of power from the UC’s previous leadership to Mathew … Read more

A Cloud Over Cambridge

One of my earliest, clearest memories at Harvard is of the evening of November 8, 2016. Hundreds of first-years were packed in Annenberg Dining Hall to watch live coverage of the 2016 election, expecting what the polls predicted: a resounding victory for Hillary Clinton. Initially, Annenberg was buzzing with excitement — eight years after the … Read more

Transnational Terror: Sri Lankan Easter Attacks

On April 21, 2019, a flurry of headlines, including words like “attack,” “American citizens,” and “tourists and Christians,” inundated the news feeds of people worldwide. On this Easter Sunday, suicide bombers associated with National Tawheed Jamaat, an extremist group sympathetic to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, conducted a series of coordinated attacks, killing over 290 people … Read more

Saving the American Election System: A Hymn to Ranked Choice Voting

Biting wind and deep darkness make the trek across the frozen water almost unbearable. The snowmobile’s thin windshield offers little protection, and no number of garment layers provides relief from the cold. The man on the machine is soon-to-be-Governor Bill Walker, and this rigid imagery is the reality of elections in Alaska. He will soon … Read more

Hate the Players or Hate the Game? Competing Strands in U.S. Populism

There is a growing global appetite for populism. Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping have become familiar names which dominate the international political arena. In Europe, one in four voters now votes populist. Populism has become a popular alternative to mainstream politics for disgruntled voters expressing anxiety over shifting demographics, economic inequality, … Read more

How Urbanism Will Help Solve Climate Change

In his Economics of Cities course at Harvard College, professor Ed Glaeser tells a story of environmentalism that contradicts many nature lovers’ instincts. In 1844, Henry David Thoreau, the “secular saint of environmentalism,” sought out the sanctity of the woods to celebrate nature and enjoy a campfire, but he inadvertently started a forest fire that … Read more

Privilege and Proximity

  In the hierarchy of client cooperation, Tyler* sat comfortably at the bottom. He never arrived on time for meetings, and he rarely paid attention to important details. A trying client but an easygoing 19 year old, Tyler often failed to take his impending trial seriously. Rather than walking into pre-trial meetings concerned about his … Read more

Moral Mindfulness

College campuses across the nation are increasingly focused on dismantling unfair and unethical structures—on Harvard’s campus, this has played out in the dining workers’ strike, the push to divest from fossil fuels, and local participation in the Black Lives Matter movement. If students aren’t protesting, they’re at the very least talking about the issues, as … Read more

Rebirth in Onagawa

A small fishing town in rural Japan undergoes a process of revitalization after a tragic natural disaster destroyed it five years ago. Onagawa, Tohoku Region, Japan | On March 11th, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated Japan’s eastern coast. It was not only the most powerful earthquake that had ever hit … Read more