New Course: Writing with Data in the Public Interest

By Paul A. Djupe This is a quick note about a new course that I’m offering called, “Writing with Data in the Public Interest.” Currently, it is offered as an upper-level political science course (POSC 339.02), but it is meant to be in the core of a new concentration (Data & Design in the Social…

Pres. Weinberg in His ‘Second Term’

By Max Dehon On college campuses, students are becoming more involved than they have ever been, and their platforms to voice concerns have been seen across the country. At Denison University, President Weinberg has spearheaded a range of changes that push students out of their comfort zones, expand the role of experiential learning as well…

The Wheel for the Well-Rounded Denisonian

By Paul A. Djupe “Our purpose is to inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society.” Some of the most famous words at Denison University, the mission statement steers the ship, giving us a set of lofty goals to work toward. We all believe…

Denisonians Support Each Other Near and Far

By Maggie Miller When you arrive at Denison in the Fall of your first year, you are given a new title: Denisonian. Most first-year students have no idea what this term means, and the only context they have for it is Adam Weinberg’s or Laurel Kennedy’s speeches. However, in one’s time at Denison, you come…

Remember Impeachment? Where Denison stands.

By Max Dehon On February 5, 2020, President Trump was acquitted by the Senate after being tried on two articles of impeachment. This came after nearly half a year of press coverage related to impeachment which seemed to fracture our already polarized political realm. Whether President Trump should be removed from office was even more…

How does Denison think about Trump at the end of his term?

By Paul A. Djupe It seems so obvious, except it’s not at all. To just over half of America, Trump is a menace whose narcissism, pettiness, and incompetence are partly to blame for the spread of the coronavirus being much greater than it might have otherwise been (America is #1!). But, to just under half…

Who feels The Bern?

By Paul A. Djupe The presidential nominating contest among Democrats has narrowed to two candidates: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. Bernie just had a tough “Big Tuesday” night, losing Michigan which he narrowly carried in 2016, as well as some other M states (Mississippi and Missouri), and Idaho (he won North Dakota and we’re still…

Primary Vote 2020!

By Paul A. Djupe 2020 is in full effect! Who do Denisonians support? Drawing on data from our survey of 500 students that closed last Monday, the campus is almost all Democratic – only 16 percent would not participate in the Democratic primary. Among them, Sanders has a plurality of the intended vote (27%), which…

Partisan Polarization on Campus Too?

By Paul A. Djupe A defining feature of American politics is the deep animosity partisans have for those of the other party. They don’t like each other, they won’t date each other, and they’d be unhappy if their offspring married someone with another party affiliation. Recent research, however, questions some of these findings, suggesting that…

Straightjacketed by Gender Roles?

By Max Dehon, Paul A. Djupe, and Maggie Miller (in alphabetical order) A cornerstone principle of a liberal arts education is that individuals are encouraged to take ownership of their own success through the freedom to develop and shape their own futures. One might say that this fosters an environment where no individual’s future is…

Are Certain Groups More Masculine or Feminine?

By Max Dehon In the age of #MeToo and calling out toxic masculinity, there has been a cultural revolution and debate over characteristics that contribute to masculinity and femininity. At this point, it seems like there is not uniform agreement on what either means, and perhaps nor should there be. While there is so much…