Kick Starting Student Self-Governance: The Student Advisory Board

By Paul A. Djupe With trust in government at an all-time low, congressional failure to negotiate another pandemic bailout package, and the president attacking the integrity of the electoral process, we have multiple indicators that democracy is fading in the United States. What are we going to do about it? How can we revitalize democracy?…

Advice For Holiday Harmony: Debate, Denison Style

By Eric Buehler and Paul A. Djupe Winter break is upon us and with it the risk of political debate with relatives, be it your uncle, who is convinced the government is trying to take his guns, or your vegan cousin, who insists on the curative properties of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. We’re aware of this…

Should we have security cameras at Denison?

By Paul A. Djupe and Oliver Gladfelter We get it. Democrats hate Republicans and Republicans hate Democrats. Democrats could be arguing in favor of tax cuts for the rich and Republicans would howl about the inhumanity of that proposal. So it would seem that political discussion is dead. Or is it? Would political discussion be…

Denison Grit

By Paul A. Djupe From stories in the news about college students these days one might be lead to believe that blizzards had hit every campus because there are so many snowflakes. Students (oh my, y’all are millenials too) are described as psychologically frail creatures who can’t handle arguments and to whom even the idea…

Risk, Gender, and Public Engagement Gaps

By Paul A. Djupe [Part 1 in a forthcoming series] While watching the crowds in Washington DC and around the world at the Women’s March that dwarfed the thin inauguration crowd on Friday, it reminded me of a puzzle that my senior seminar and I found in the fall of 2015. We asked Denison students…