"Cherished Memories: Two Princeton Students on an Interracial Ride through the Southern States"

Mar 31, 2017
                    Submitted by Hans-Christoph Boemers, MPA ’58: In September 1956, I entered Princeton University fresh from Freiburg University in Germany, where I had just finished my law degree. I had enrolled in the Woodrow Wilson School for a two-year graduate program on a very generous scholarship.   Frankly, I was overwhelmed! I left Western Germany, which was still very much in ruins after the war, aboard the only German passenger...

Politics & Polls #36: Do Science and Facts Matter in the Trump Administration?

Mar 28, 2017
Published by: Sarah M. Binder
President Trump’s budget blueprint proposes deep cuts to research at the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. What lies ahead for scientific expertise and evidence-based policymaking? Are facts, evidence and truth under siege by the new administration? In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Rush D. Holt about the current state of science in the U.S., from public...
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Politics & Polls #35: The Future of Conservatism in a Trump Era

Mar 24, 2017
Published by: B. Rose Kelly
The election of President Donald Trump has challenged the political machine of conservativism. Now, many on the right are grappling with how to make sense of “Trumpism” and whether it fits into the conservative movement that’s been developing over the past few decades. A new policy and political journal, “American Affairs,” aims to intellectualize the Trumpism movement as it unfolds. The publication is led by Julius Krein, a 2008 Harvard...
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Politics & Polls #34: How Normal is the Trump Presidency?

Mar 15, 2017
Published by: B. Rose Kelly
The start of Donald Trump’s presidency has been anything but predictable. So far, his first 100 days in office have been filled with a lot of heat, noise — and executive orders. But is this that abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Where do we draw the line between what is unprecedented, and what we’ve seen before? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss these questions — which are based on a recent article in The Upshot, a column for...

Politics & Polls #33: Trade in a Trumpian World

Mar 6, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview (Ret.) Amb. Michael B.G. Froman ’85 about his outlook for international trade in a ‘Trumpian World.’ Amb. Froman served in President Obama’s cabinet as the U.S. Trade Representative from June 2013 to January 2017. There, he worked to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system and foster development...

Politics & Polls #32: Peace in the Middle East?

Mar 2, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
Almost every U.S. president has struggled to broker peace agreements in the Middle East, especially among Israel and Palestine. For many, the possibility of a peace agreement seems dire, with a two-state solution that seems to be fleeting. But what can we expect to see from President Donald Trump? To unravel these complex issues, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer joins this episode of Politics & Polls with co-hosts Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang. Podcast...

Alumni Day Honorees Kuczynski, Schmidt Stress Solutions for Global Challenges

Mar 1, 2017
The recipients of Princeton's top alumni awards underscored solutions for the political and technological challenges of today and the future at the University's annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru, spoke of a new age in Latin America, while Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., was positive about the power of technology to solve societal problems. Their speeches in...
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Carry On Wayward Veteran

Feb 23, 2017
MPA candidate and U.S. Army Infantry Officer Mike Kelvington penned an op-ed for Havok Journal on how politicians, the media and Hollywood distort the facts about veterans and PTSD, and his own journey of post-traumatic growth. Full story here.
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Politics & Polls #31: The Cognitive Science of ‘Trumpology’

Feb 21, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
Donald Trump’s presidency has evoked strong emotional and psychological responses from both the public and the president himself, raising issues not often brought forth in public policy and governance. Many, including members of the media, are trying to make sense of this complicated web of anger, passion, rationality and irrationality. Among those reporters is Jesse Singal of New York Magazine, who is bringing the social sciences into the news...

Politics & Polls #30: Immigration & Border Control with Doug Massey

Feb 14, 2017
Published by: Public Affairs
A federal appeals court has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order issuing an immigration ban barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Trump also has made moves toward building a border wall with Mexico, which recent figures suggest may cost an estimated $21 billion. If implemented, what would an immigration ban and a border wall accomplish? In this episode, professors Julian Zelizer and...

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