Awarded 1st Prize in the USC Neely Center's 2019 Student Ethics Competition I was first inspired to write this paper a year ago because I had started making a documentary and wanted to challenge my own assumptions of what I thought would be an ethical way to film other people. Since my first draft, I've… Continue reading A World Made In Image: Truth and Power in Nonfiction Visual Media
This was originally written for submission to the Modern Love college essay contest. It is hot in the car as we yell the lyrics to a song by Cher off-tune. The landscape is the same every time. A clear bright sky, a winding empty road, and a bittersweet sense of loss as we encroach on… Continue reading Why Commit?
Part 2 of Spring Break in Haiti. See Part 1 here I have just left the room that was supposed to host our last pre-trip session. We ate a fantastic dinner (the pork was the best, as Amy said it would be). Dr. Karlin was wonderful as ever in coordinating not only a dinner but more importantly… Continue reading Doubts
Part 1 of Spring Break in Haiti My first experience with a service learning trip abroad occurred when I was seventeen. As part of a broader leadership program, my high school shepherded us in groups to various southeast Asian countries that were poorer than us. I ended up in one of the mountainous barangays in… Continue reading “Service Learning”
Imagine a city that feels like a community. People commute to and from work with ease. Neighborhoods are lively, with parks, schools, and shops within walking distance. One can enjoy a night out without cabbing from place to place. It is possible to simply walk around and take in the city. Everything is convenient, accessible,… Continue reading Give Metro a Chance
It is a consumer mark of pride by this point that social justice is what sells. Millennials are known for a lot of things, the better of which is an interest in civic engagement that goes beyond protests and boycotts. It has become easier than ever to express an opinion in a time when products… Continue reading The Myth of the Activist Consumer
These past two years have been a test of our resilience. In a time when we hear daily to put America First, the nation has also stepped forward to say America’s not alone. Earlier this year, Congress passed a foreign aid budget that not only resisted the Trump administration’s proposed cuts, but even saw increases… Continue reading Why Foreign Aid Still Matters