Runeko Lovell, Peace and Justice Studies Program Assistant

“The political climate feels rough, at least it does to me. But I’m not sure if it’s comparatively more divisive than other political climates in US history: the late 1800’s, the early 1900’s, the 1960’s and 70’s, and 80’s. Could it be that our collective memory is weak; could it be that today’s political climate is comparatively more divisive than at any other time? Like many divisive issues, today’s issues are wide ranging and compelling. They can incite anger, fear, confusion, and a tendency to dig one’s heels in. At least one role of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Tufts should be to help students step outside of the divisiveness, to assess the sources of conflict, and address the impediments of forming a just peace.”

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