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A Note From The Editor

A Note From The Editor

The term identity has come to pervade our modern discourse and a vast array of domains in the social sciences. Discussions ranging from personal identity, state identity, race, gender, and religion echo in academic institutions, online chat rooms and in daily conversation. The tense juncture in our modern politics, where identities and those to whom they belong increasingly collide, calls for us to better understand how identities work and what they constitute.

A Note From the Editor

A Note From the Editor

“The language is created by the culture,” concluded linguist Daniel Everette in his observations of the Pirahã people, native to the Amazon. Mystifying linguists worldwide, the Pirahã have no descriptive words, stories or subordinate clauses. If the Pirahã’s culture is the physical manifestation of their language, what can the use of language in contemporary discourse teach us about cultures around the world? This edition’s writers touch on this question through various lenses.

Debate Debrief: On Balance, Humanitarian Aid by NGOs Does More Harm than Good

Debate Debrief: On Balance, Humanitarian Aid by NGOs Does More Harm than Good

Humanitarian aid in the modern era is complex, with thousands of NGOs supplying various forms of aid worldwide. Relief efforts by NGOs have come under criticism for inefficiency, poor allocation of resources and have even been shown to have played a role in prolonging conflicts in some cases. 

Though springing forth from noble intentions and a moral calling, these issues pose the question of whether, on balance, humanitarian aid by NGOs does more harm than good. This past Thursday the club debated this motion. 

Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

Debate Debrief: Was NYU Abu Dhabi a Mistake?

When the University first announced its plans to build a campus in the UAE ten years ago, it was not met with complete support...But the original controversies of 2007 never subsided.

Given the timely nature of the issue, the club decided to hold a debate on whether or not the inception of NYU Abu Dhabi was misguided, focusing specifically on the topic of academic freedom.

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

Debate Debrief: Does Protest Have a Place in Sport?

When quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups in the US by kneeling for the National Anthem, he was met with condemnation. Such reactions force us to reconsider which political displays are deemed “acceptable” in sports and which are not. They also lead us to contemplate whether politics ought to have a presence in the field, in the stands, or in the locker room.