Rhetoric Meets Reality

Rhetoric Meets Reality

By Kayla McGrady ’05
After a divisive election in which one candidate won the presidency and another won the popular vote, it’s tempting to turn away from the news, log out of social media, and check out of politics for a while. The rhetoric flies so fast it can be hard to keep up.

But Carleton trained us to be informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens, so by nature we seek straight answers. To that end, we turn to the faculty and staff members who encouraged us and helped us tackle tough topics when we were undergraduates. They’re here to help us analyze rapidly shifting public policy in such areas as health care, immigration, energy and the environment, and foreign policy.

To synthesize the never-ending deluge of news and opinion pieces about American politics, we need to think like Carls: broadly and deeply. Therefore, these experts advise us not on the latest policy developments, but rather on the social and historical contexts, analytical approaches, and academic insights that can help us better understand them.

Click a topic below to read excerpts from faculty conversations. (This is an expanded version of the story appearing in the print version of the Voice.)

Energy and the Environment
Foreign Policy
Health Care
Immigration

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