Articles by: George Kunkel

The Arduous Task of Self-Creation

The Arduous Task of Self-Creation

The words and wisdom of Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies.

Overcoming Limits to Empathy

Overcoming Limits to Empathy

Ideally, we would treat all tragedies the same; we would have the same emotional connection and response to human suffering no matter the context. But what if we just can’t? What if, as human beings, we are wired in a way that limits our ability to empathize with events and people separated from our own lives by geographical distance, culture, race, or anything else?

Rethinking Power in the Face of Inequality

Rethinking Power in the Face of Inequality

When citizens are inactive, there are few, if any checks on the powers that be and the few, the elites, the one percent can take even greater control. Democratic resignation is the foundation of oligarchy.

Where are we now? Princeton and Politics Post-Gansa

Where are we now? Princeton and Politics Post-Gansa

For two weeks between the debate on divestment and the fervor of Ferguson Will Gansa took over Princeton’s campus. Who is Will Gansa you may ask yourself?

A Call for Rhetorical Reform

A Call for Rhetorical Reform

The current state of political discourse is hardly healthy. Partisanship is alive and well, thriving in our gridlocked Congress and the media outlets that seem to derive perverse pleasure from skewering the other side. When we wax poetic about the liberal ideal of free speech in an open discourse, is this what we really mean?