The Standards for Campus Speakers

On the evening of February 23, Tufts students disrupted a discussion between Alan Solomont, Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, with chants and coordinated walkouts. According to a press statement by Tufts United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) and Tufts Student Action (TSA) organizers, the demonstration was

Populism & the Future of American Democracy

For his final question at the first presidential debate on September 26, the moderator, Lester Holt, asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if they would respect the outcome of the election if their opponent won. That such a question was necessary is remarkable—never in recent memory has a US presidential candidate appeared liable to deny

Evaluating Electability

On the day he formally announced his candidacy for president, Bernie Sanders put the country on notice: “Don’t underestimate me,” he said in an interview with ABC News. He was speaking to those who doubted the chances of a 74-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont—as unkempt as he was unknown—winning the highest seat in government. Despite this warning, even his supporters initially saw his

Your Brain on Law: How Neuroscience is Changing the Criminal Justice System

In 2000, a 40-year-old schoolteacher from Charlottesville, Virginia (we’ll call him Alex) began feeling something he never had before: attraction to children. He began viewing online child pornography and quickly developed an obsession, downloading hundreds of files. When Alex eventually made sexual advances toward his prepubescent stepdaughter, his wife had him legally evicted from their

Rich Vs. Wealthy: Race & The NBA Hierarchy

“Shaq is rich. The white man that signs his checks is wealthy.” – Chris Rock This past summer, Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, bought the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for $2 billion. This came after after the league finally pried the team away from its patently horrible incumbent