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Five Theses on the Humanities Crisis

There are a million articles on the death of the humanities with a million different opinions as to why the decline is occurring, leaving the scholarship surrounding the issue fairly disjointed and multi-layered. So, I decided to write five theses instead of one overarching argument, Martin Luther style.


Why Discourse at Harvard is Important

Improving discourse at Harvard is necessary both for our own intellectual growth and for our contribution to society. It is a cause that we should pursue not only in our own self-interest, but also for the sake of others.


The Case for Conservative Faculty

Broadening political representation in Harvard’s faculty is no easy feat, but as students who desire a robust education, we should not settle for homogeneity in our classrooms. Diversity in all its forms was never meant to be easy, but that does not mean we shouldn’t try.


A Love Letter to Bad Art (from a Humanities Major)

And the next time someone asks you what you’ve been reading lately, don't scramble for the last Booker-nominated title that the scholar in you hobbled through. Instead, let the human in you answer — and don’t forget to hold your head up high as you do.


Does Harvard Need More Men?

Even though the educational gender gap may not extend to Harvard yet, more people need to be thinking like Justice Kagan and asking about the future of men in higher education.


The Edge of Dawn

And so dawn comes, and the days pass. And in their light, I want to choose to look ahead and to see my own smile on my own face. It’s a smile that says, “Through the good and the bad, I’ll always be there for myself, whoever I was, am, and will be.”


A Letter To My Future Self

Recently, I started prompting friends to more concretely imagine their future perspectives by asking: What advice do you think your future self would give your current self?


The Great (Un)Equalizer: Espinoza v. Montana

Our public education system is imperfect. But the solution is to invest in it more heavily, not to funnel those resources away to schools that insulate their students from the diversity (religious or otherwise) of the modern world.


How Do We Reclaim Our Streets?

To many of us, there is something undeniably special about bringing people together outdoors. Across Boston, people are seeking open streets, places to enjoy open space without a car in sight. Open streets can be successful — if cities do them right.


It’s a Weird Time to be Korean in America

In the span of just fifteen to twenty years, Koreans who live overseas have swung from being ignored, fetishized, erased, commodified, and romanticized — all at the whim of white society’s attitude towards our country. When I reflect on these things, I can’t help but wish I could just watch my K-dramas in peace, the way I did as a kid.


If Taylor Swift Can Fly Her Private Jet, Why Can’t I?

I write this as an acknowledgment of the frustration many of us have with the movement. It’s difficult to keep your own morale high and commit to the lifestyle changes that climate action requires when we see others undermining that work.


The Midterm Wake-Up Call

Midterm elections are less than a week away, and politicians on both sides of the aisle are preemptively casting doubt about election results — about this cycle and in general.


On Criticizing Harvard

To many outside the Harvard bubble, these complaints seem juvenile. Although the Editorial Board usually opines on issues far more serious than air conditioning, I oftentimes wonder how many people (myself included) possess genuine perspective. Perspective — an ingredient that is nearly impossible to pick out between the lines of any article — is the difference between meaningful commentary and whiny complaints.


Harvard is Less Important Than You Think

If you care about expanding educational opportunity, then a focus on selective institutions makes very little sense. I understand the irony here. I’m writing a piece about Harvard saying we should talk less about Harvard. But we should all keep in mind the stakes surrounding discussions about our school – while not unimportant – are lower than we think.


On Social Media, You Get an ‘A’ for Effortlessness

The act of revolution is not necessarily ignoring standards entirely, rejecting the supposedly frivolous pursuit of beauty in the name of feminism. I think it’s finding a way to love yourself anyway — whether it involves makeup or fashion or fitness, or posting on Instagram, or not posting on Instagram. It’s coming to terms with who you are, both your physical and digital selves.


Again, Because You Were There

The least we can do is send them off with a smile, once we’re ready. A smile that says, “We aren’t together anymore, but I see a new world worth living for, and I’ll take you there; and I became a person who could say that, because you were there.”


Being at Home in Nature

Maybe bending one’s life around random occurrences or natural phenomena is inane, but it makes everything that happens have real meaning in our lives.


Motocracy: The Politics of Car Dependency

From highways to housing, cars have shaped a century of transportation policy. A mirage of freedom masks the deadly consequences of prioritizing private vehicles over our lives. For our country to preserve justice and equality under the law, it must decouple itself from its overreliance on automobiles.


Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae: American Legion v. American Humanist Association

Harvard is no longer a Christian institution. But being a pluralistic institution means doing more than just dropping “Christo et Ecclesiae” from the motto, and being a pluralistic country means doing more than using “historical significance” as a legal justification. Only once we acknowledge who our physical society privileges, and who it excludes, can non-Christians truly be equal participants in our national identity.


Who Told You You’re the Antihero?

I’m not scared anymore of people giving up on me, walking out on me, or even simply forgetting me. But, I don’t want little kids growing up to think they’re an antihero or a villain, when in reality, it’s the world that turned its back on them. I’ll still be a seeker, and when I catch the snitch, I’ll remember I’m worthy, of like and of love, of community and camaraderie, of advocacy, of justice.


What Harvard Students Do

It’s up to us to open our eyes to the future of our campus. It’s up to leadership to help us realize that vision. But we all have to choose to see it. That is what Harvard students do.


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