While variants of it appeared slightly earlier, the “privilege” critique as we know it today began in the spring of 2012, with the backlash to Lena Dunham’s HBO series, Girls.


Hope is not an insignificant paradigm. It is important because “hope not only facilitates attaining a goal when that goal is unimpeded, it also helps individuals better cope when negative events or feelings arise.”


Get Well Soon

by Jennifer Wright

When I tell people that I am writing a book on plagues, well-meaning acquaintances suggest I add a modern twist. Specifically: “You know, like how we’re all on our cell phones all the time.”


If the Oceans Were Ink

by Carla Power

When I was eleven years old, I bought a tiny book containing a verse from the Quran from a stall outside a Cairo mosque. The amulet was designed to be tucked into a pocket to comfort its owner throughout the day. I was neither Muslim nor literate in Arabic; I bought it not for the words inside but for its dainty proportions.


Strangers in a Strange Land

by Charles J. Chaput

The reason the Christian faith doesn’t matter to so many of our young people is that—too often—it didn’t really matter to us. Not enough to shape our lives. Not enough for us to suffer for it.


It Takes a School

by Jonathan Starr

My time in Somaliland has transformed me into my own brand of extremism. The school’s success is my singular goal, and its failure my only fear.


Quest to Learn

by Asi Burak and Laura Parker

One chilly morning last January, twenty-five eighth-graders sat on the floor of a classroom in a brick building in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, shouting at each other. They were playing a game called Socratic Smackdown, which calls for group of four students to debate the meaning of a particular text in front of their peers.