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The Limits of Representation

We can still celebrate representation, but we’ll be far better off if we demand more.

The Porcellian Gate
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Rejecting Harvard’s Aristocracy

I am not interested in being part of the elite, even if it is this less white, less Christian, more “woke” WASP elite that Harvard is building.

Boba
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Unsubtle Asian Traits

Leave the subtleties and the individualism for another day. Today, give the people their silly, simple, and unsubtle memes.

Admissions Files
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An Asian-American Athlete’s Application to Harvard

If anything, viewing my admissions file was a reassuring yet somewhat haunting reminder of the human nature of institutions.

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On (Transformative) Experience, Or: The Hot Take Column

Most books should be journal articles, and most journal articles should be footnotes. You get the point: Most columns should be tweets.

Low art raised fist
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'Free'

I saw hope, hope that even the most rigid and demonic notions — the vigilante, or the mad(man), or the villain — could be resuscitated. And in this project of resuscitation lies the power of low art. Just as the stale and hyper-rationality of Batman could be transformed into a subversive paean to the power of transness, so too can pleasure, ugliness, and minstrelsy be transformed into vehicles of liberation.

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Egypt, My Beloved

In my German magnet schools, during a War on Terror, in monochrome suburbia, I grew ashamed of my culture.

Durbin and DACA
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We Are Failing as a Moral Republic

We should again strive to be an exemplar country with a unique civic consensus neither racial nor religious, but human.

BGLTQ Office Fifth Anniversary
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There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays?

To any BGLTQ person who’s struggling with an unaccepting home this holiday season, I want to reaffirm that you’re deserving of unconditional love.

Aslarus AI
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Facing Off Against Artificial Artists

We fail to do justice to human creativity when we neglect art’s ability to enrich our daily lives.

Ec10b
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Harvard Debate Culture

The first lesson from the elite liberal arts education: It is possible to speak without saying anything at all.

Up In the Air
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Full Time

The story of this team over the last four years is truly the stuff of miracles and a story of radical love.

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Asking the Right Questions

At Harvard, we’re presented with nearly infinite options with how to spend our time. Yet when sheer circumstance highlights one option as a path of lesser resistance, we often glide right along.

Prison Vigil
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In a World Without Prisons

Rather than locking people up in response to criminality, we can use restorative practices to heal what has been broken.

Charlie Baker Elected Massachusetts Governor
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Hope after the Midterms

This cohort of blue-state Republicans signals a kind of possibility that I find encouraging. I call it the possibility of collective progress.

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