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Panel on Islamophobia: failure of the ivory tower

The Institute for Global Citizenship recently held a panel discussion titled “Islamophobia and the Challenge to Civic Life in America,” co-sponsored by the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, International Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, American Studies, Religious Studies and Political Science. Not included was the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, whose chaplains are central to conversations concerning…

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Congratulations non-tenure-track faculty on passing review

A warm congratulations to our colleagues who have recently passed their review as long-term, non-tenure-track faculty, listed below! This process marks a significant accomplishment of your valued teaching here at Macalester, and of the contributions you make to the students, departments and overall campus. As the review process includes extensive consideration of your quality service…

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The MAX Center, from the tutors

In light of the recent article “MAX Center tutors revise mission statement; administration disputes changes,” and the various responses to it, we tutors at the MAX Center would like to discuss with the rest of the Macalester community exactly what it is that we do. It is important to us that the Macalester community understand…

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Fossil Free Mac: it’s time to end private partnerships

On January 30, President Brian Rosenberg sent a statement to our community opposing the Trump administration’s recent travel ban. Then, on February 9, President Rosenberg sharply criticized the inexperience of incoming Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Through these statements, President Rosenberg laid the groundwork for the college to counter the dangerous policies of Mr. Trump….

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Congressional Republicans provide hope for climate change under Trump

Surprisingly, congressional Republicans provide the greatest reasons to be optimistic about climate change. Have you heard of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which boasts eleven Republican members as well as eleven Democrats? Did you know that Tea-Party member Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC 1st) along with 16 other Republicans co-sponsored a resolution urging climate action? It…

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Bending the arc of history back and forth

In politics, it seems there is nothing new under the sun. A century ago, on 5 February 1917, Congress passed by an overwhelming majority the first legislation in American history restricting immigration. Due to chaos and conflict abroad, the bill enjoyed broad popular support, and Congress easily overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The law prohibited…

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Steve Bannon is accumulating power and you should pay attention

The White House has many new individuals prowling around it that are reasonable causes for alarm, suspicion and fear. I believe Steve Bannon is among the most dangerous. Prior to joining Trump’s campaign as Chief Executive, Bannon operated Breitbart. The publication has been excoriated by virtually every left-leaning news outlet, with journalists decrying its fear-mongering…

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