The Power of the Arts
The Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Deborah Borda '71 in which she advocates for the end of Trump's immigration ban and for the power of the arts to teach compassion.
Borda writes that we need to "reestablish the open exchange between artists and audiences." She asserts that:
The arts breed compassion, and as Americans, we are at our best when we are compassionate. It is among our founding principles...Music animates our society, increases our capacity for empathy and nurtures the public discourse that is central to a healthy democracy. At a time when the world needs more, not less, mutual understanding, we must resist the president’s anti-intellectualism and disregard for the power of the arts.