The Pervasive Problem of Originalist Construction

by University of Delaware student, Spencer Babcock

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“Constitution in the National Archives” by Mr.TinDC is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

I’ve been sharing blogs written by my University of Delaware students since 2013. This blog, by Spencer Babcock, was written for my National Agenda class and outlines originalism in the justice system. It was voted as one of the best by her peers in the class.

On September 6, 1789, Thomas Jefferson penned a letter to Madison that should have ended the debate of constitutional interpretation before it began. Jefferson wrote, “No society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may…

Black Art, Radical Joy, and Liberation

By Ashley Taylor

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“Art of Black Fist” by andydr is marked with CC0 1.0

I’ve been sharing student blogs written by my University of Delaware students since 2013. This blog, by Ashley Taylor, was written for my National Agenda class and describes the importance of black artistry amidst national social unrest. It was voted as one of the best by her peers in the class.

There is no greater protest than joy in the face of adversity. Black joy is a radical act. Black artistry, culture, and love are its tools. Using the words of a poet, the rhythm of a drum, or the stroke of a painter’s brush, the art…

“You Ignored Our Pleas, Let’s See if You Ignore The Politics: My Case for D.C. Statehood”

by Mark Jackson

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I’ve been sharing student blogs written by my University of Delaware students since 2013. This blog, by Mark Jackson, was written for my National Agenda class and describes his take on the state of D.C. statehood. It was voted as one of the best by his peers in the class.

My hometown of Washington, D.C. is one of the most misunderstood cities in the country, if not the world. When people think of the city, their mind instantly goes to the government. Mental images of the various museums and stunning monuments encapsulate the psyche, which is completely…

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Photo by De an Sun on Unsplash

I’ve been publishing blogs written by my University of Delaware students since 2013, but this will be the first post in a pandemic. This blog, by Kaitlyn Keane, was written for my Media & Politics class and describes her experience with an emergency-room visit in the midst of an outbreak.

The biggest issue that the Coronavirus pandemic has presented is how contagious it is, therefore stopping, slowing, and tracking the spread is extremely challenging and is only made possible by staying isolated from each other. Because it is so contagious, the number of people contracting the disease is higher than…

Dr. Lindsay Hoffman, University of Delaware

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Dr. Hoffman, Kyle Emile, and Dean John Pelesko join University of Delaware students on the Green (October 2019)

I’m passionate about getting students interested in politics, engaged in their communities, and helping them to communicate across differences. That last one is how I ended up meeting Kyle Emile at a Heterodox Academy conference last June. I saw his “Free Intelligent Conversation” sign and was intrigued. Less than a year later, Kyle has visited our campus at the University of Delaware, our students have created a registered student organization devoted to talking across differences, and it’s now part of my course curriculum! Let me tell you what this has been like.

Since 2015…

“Corporations, China, and Contradictions: How the NBA is facing criticisms regarding a General Manager’s support of Hong Kong Protests”

Jenna Figlioli is a Senior Political Science major with minors in Economics, and Legal Studies. She is a student in the 2019 National Agenda “Direction Democracy” class, and reflects on Jonathan Haidt’s “moral foundations” theory to examine the recent controversy about the NBA and China.

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NBC News

Recently, we got to see how much corporations crave money and power over something so imperative as free speech. The GM of the Houston Rockets in the NBA tweeted in support of the pro-democracy protests going on in Hong Kong. What many — including myself — weren’t aware of is how crucial the Chinese are

The #BlogBlogProject continues this fall as my National Agenda students read about issues facing Americans today. This blog, by University of Delaware Senior Leighton Trimarco, was voted as best of three weeks of blogs by her peers. Leighton is majoring in Public Policy with minors in Journalism, Legal Studies, and Political Communication. Her blog was written for an assignment for the course associated with annual speaker series National Agenda 2019: Direction Democracy.

I try to be as optimistic as possible when envisioning the future of our country, but it’s quite difficult to maintain that attitude when the day’s top political…

The spring semester at UD has wrapped up, and the campus is quiet. But I wanted to post one last #BlogBlogProject from my Public Opinion Research class. I chose this blog by Kelly Donahue, who just graduated with a B.A. in Communication and four (!) minors: Political Communication, Environmental Humanities, English, and Global Studies.

What I like about this blog is that Kelly proposes a new sub-dimension to a concept we discussed in class — very academic! — and at the same time teases his professor, who has said more times than once, “Never end your blog with ‘Only time…

The #BlogBlogProject continues in my Public Opinion Research class! The winner of the most recent Blog Blog poll is Kimberley Begley, a Senior Political Science Major with minors in Legal Studies and Political Communication. Her peers voted her blog about the exposure to different news narratives about Rep. Ilhan Omar as their favorite.

~ Dr. Hoffman

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NBC NEWS: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., addressed a crowd of more than 100 supporters at an event at the Capitol organized by founders of Black Lives Matter. Win McNamee / Getty Images

On April 6, 2019, a man was charged with threatening to assault Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN). The man, a self-proclaimed Trump supporter, targeted Omar because of her faith, calling her a terrorist and insisting that she deserved to have a “bullet in her head.”…

The #BlogBlogProject continues in my Public Opinion Research class! The winner of the first blog poll is Emma Driscoll, whose peers voted her blog about the death penalty as their favorite. Emma is a Communication major with minors in Journalism and Advertising.

~ Dr. Hoffman

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Since Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on capital punishment in March, Democratic candidates for president have lined up to support it. Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/07/us/politics/death-penalty-democrats.html.

737 people. There are currently 737 people waiting on death row in the state of California. However, in early March, the governor of California — Gavin Newsom — signed an executive order to temporarily postpone any death sentence convictions.

Newsom had been battling with what he wanted to do with the state’s law, having always…

Lindsay H. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Dr. Hoffman is an Associate Prof. of Communication, Associate Dir. of the Center for Political Communication, and Dir. of National Agenda Speaker Series, UDel

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