"I've involved myself in everything I could juggle," Duncan said. "When I was graduating high school ... I remember multiple teachers came up to me and said, 'Tafari, you can't be this involved in college or else you just won't be able to get anything done,' and I assume I've done my best to prove them wrong."
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Over the past month, the Daily sat down with four practicing Muslim students and asked them to share their stories and talk openly and honestly about their faith. The discussions were open-ended and the topics the students touched on included their thoughts about God, where they locate themselves within the Muslim community on campus, the Trump administration and the mounting politicization of their religion in national discourse.
This academic year saw the adoption and subsequent signing of what a Dec. 16, 2015 Atlantic article called “one of the most important piece of international diplomacy in years.” At the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris in Dec. 2015, 195 nations finally hammered out a deal on international cooperation on greenhouse gas mitigation; last month, on Earth Day, 175 nations signed it. If it remains intact, it could put the world on a path to getting serious about limiting emissions, and while many scientists say the agreement doesn’t go nearly far enough, most still see it as climate policy’s most important moment to date.
"Somerville will be the first city in North America to develop its own social progress index," Curtatone said. "We need our stakeholders and allies in the nonprofit world especially along with the innovators to help us understand how we achieve social progress."
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According to the Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), U.S. youth voters -- those in the 18-29 age range -- are consistently less likely to vote in elections than older constituents, especially in midterm elections. 64.8 percent of Americans over 25 cast their votes in the 2012 elections, compared with 41.2 percent of 18-24-year-olds. Only 21.5 percent of youth voted in the 2014 midterms, and their votes comprised just 13 percent of the total counted.
Assistant Professor of Music Stephan Pennington’s most recent research studies structures of cultural appropriation in the music industry. He describes three phases of cultural appropriation, by which the appropriated sound or style is taken farther away from its roots in steps. Pennington sat down with the Daily to explain these phases, point to past and present examples and talk about ways in which cultural exchange can be accomplished without appropriation or erasure.
Over the past three decades, the Institute for Global Leadership’s interdisciplinary EPIIC program has explored foreign policy, global politics and security from a different angle each year. The 2013-14 and 2014-15 symposiums focused on the Middle East/North Africa and Russia, respectively; previous topics included oil and water, the politics of fear and the future of democracy.
It’s a February afternoon in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. Tables ring the room, covered in reams of hand-drawn artwork, rows of brightly colored fur tails and paws and stacks of graphic novels.
Carol Rose, the current executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, will lead a discussion entitled 'Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: A Constitutional Update" as part of the Constitution Day event hosted by Department of Political Science this Friday. Citizens' liberties, their endangerment and the ways in which ordinary citizens can protect them will all be a part of the conversation. The Daily sat down with Rose to discuss her background and perspectives on these issues.