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Steinberg: Restricting controversial speakers will only polarize us further

Kent Steinberg, Op-ed Contributor

February 14, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

At Northwestern and many other American universities, the concept of debate is distorted. Our universities were founded with a specific purpose: to educate students to be active and informed individuals in our society. Aristotle...

Closson: Expand your discussion, reflection of black history beyond one month

Troy Closson, Columnist

February 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

For my fifth grade American history class, I wrote a report on Rosa Parks. In honor of Black History Month, my teacher had us research a prominent figure of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and compose a short essay about their...

Vargas: Don’t dismiss celebrities who speak out against Trump

Alani Vargas, Columnist

February 8, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Today’s political climate is anything but civil. President Donald Trump is hell-bent on keeping campaign promises based on his xenophobic rhetoric. So it should come as no surprise that many are speaking out and protesting against...

Dion-Kirschner: President Trump must acknowledge that scientific consensus on climate change is absolute

Hannah Dion-Kirschner, Columnist

February 8, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 2004, a Harvard professor surveyed 928 randomly-selected scientific publications mentioning the phrase “global climate change.” Of these 928 papers, not one countered the theory that human activity is a major cause of climate...

Cooper: Trump’s statements on the judiciary threaten the stability of the American government

Danny Cooper, Columnist

February 6, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

In Federalist Paper No. 51, James Madison explained the essential idea of separation of powers in the American government system and the importance of checks and balances. Madison wrote: “If angels were to govern men, neither...

Schwartz: Combating hate speech on college campuses is not a violation of free speech

Alex Schwartz, Columnist

February 5, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Our ability to communicate abstract ideas through language is an important part of what makes us human. But language is more than a tool to understand the world; it helps create the world, too. Language isn’t just words —...

Letter to the Editor: College Democrats on the importance of calling your representatives

January 31, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Within his first 11 days in office, President Donald Trump has issued executive orders that have struck fear and dismay across America and around the world. His actions indicate that the governmental checks and balances will not...

Opinion: This is no time to stop thinking about ethics and values

Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Op Ed Contributor, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Interim Director of the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life

January 31, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

What is it to live a good human life? How should you treat other human beings, other animals and the natural environment? How should we organize our diverse society politically to secure justice for all? Whom should you trust,...

Farkas: Reframe the culture of body idealism at NU

Alana Farkas, Columnist

January 30, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Competition is everywhere at Northwestern. And while some forms of competition can be advantageous in pushing students to challenge themselves and achieve professional goals, other forms of competition are more harmful. There...

Schwartz: In light of Trump’s immigration ban, we must take a lesson from the Holocaust

Alex Schwartz, Columnist

January 29, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

International Holocaust Remembrance Day has two pretty straightforward objectives: to remember the victims of the Nazis and to educate ourselves with the intention of preventing genocides from happening in the future. Remembering...

Bannister: Donald Trump uses Chicago as a symbol of lawlessness, but proposes no effective policies

Edmund Bannister, Columnist

January 27, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Donald Trump tweeted, in his typically aggressive yet vague style, about Chicago’s alarming homicide rate — and threatened to send in “the Feds” in order to stop the violence. Trump vowed that, “If Chicago do...

Soto: Trump’s wall will only worsen conditions on both sides

Isabella Soto, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 26, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m originally from a town called McAllen, Texas. My home is 9.1 miles from the international bridge that straddles the Mexican city of Reynosa and Hidalgo, Texas. While I’m now more than 1,400 miles away at Northwestern, my ...