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English Prof. Tells 'Nation' Why She's Expressing Her Political Views

Natalia Singer, professor of English, wrote in an opinion piece for The Nation why she felt that, in this election year, she needed to express her progressive viewpoints to students.

"Your liberal arts education has given you a far more nuanced, complex understanding of the climate crisis, stratified inequality, systemic racism, rape culture, the needs of the LGBTQ community, and the harm our foreign policy inflicts on innocent people across the globe than that of most in Congress making decisions on your behalf," she wrote. "Now, more than ever, we need people who think like you to take the mantle as leaders. It starts at the grassroots level, on school boards, village boards, the state legislature, and so on. You need to make yourselves heard."

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Singer teaches creative writing and environmental literature and is the author of Scraping by in the Big Eighties, a memoir. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Harper’sThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe American ScholarMs., Creative Nonfiction and many other literary journals. She has just completed a novel about France, love, friendship, and politics and is at work on another memoir.