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Empathy and Advocacy

Like many other Americans, I went to bed early on the morning of November 9, shocked at an election outcome virtually no one had predicted. I knew I would have a hard time falling asleep, even at 1 a.m., so I turned on the light to read. The night before I had finished volume two of Taylor Branch’s...

How to Build a Better Debate

Over a staff lunch on Tuesday, Team ABQ was debriefing the presidential debate when our Director of Assessment, Pablo Rangel, told us, “I actually started taking notes. I wrote down all the questions, their responses, and the questions I thought they could have asked.” Pablo confessed he did this...

How My Mother Taught Me to Talk to Strangers

Whenever my mother comes to visit, one of the things we expect to hear is, “I met this really interesting person on the train today!”

Why the Safe Space Debate is All Wrong

For the love of God, people: Can we please get pragmatic about the safe space debate? Let’s stop the posturing (yes, I believe the U of C letter was posturing). And let’s also stop the totally impractical approaches to policing speech that prompted it. Please, let’s argue less about our rights, and...