Patience Griswold

Patience Griswold

Editorial Assistant

Patience Griswold is a former Alcuin Intern and currently serves as Editorial Assistant at Intellectual Takeout. She is a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota in their History of Ideas program. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent blog posts by this author

Three Public Speaking Tips From a Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

If you’ve ever found yourself in the dreaded position of giving a school presentation, chances are you’ve heard this clichéd advice: “Just picture everyone in their underwear.” Giving a class speech is something many students push through, red-faced...

How Would Dostoevsky Have Responded to the Smartphone?

“I don’t know how to make friends without my phone,” a teenager told me last summer when I found myself enforcing a policy banning screens at a student seminar I was helping with.   I was a little surprised by this line of reasoning, but...

Jussie Smollett’s Hoax: Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Writing on the recent decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett, the New York Times observed that for Smollett, “The outcome couldn’t have been better.” It’s no surprise that Chicago’s mayor and police chief are both furious. And while he got...

Marvel’s Mentorship Crisis

Are you growing weary of superhero films? Many viewers are, but others still fill the theaters, especially if the film presents the opportunity to enjoy another cameo of the now deceased father of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee. I’m in this latter...

Don’t Pet the Jaguars: The Consequences of Humanizing Animals

Every so many months it happens again: someone crosses the barrier into a zoo animal’s cage or encounters an animal in the wild, expecting it to be friendly and docile, only to be confronted with the fact that they are called wild animals for a...

The Real Problem with Today's Discourse

Ask a dozen people and you will probably get a dozen different answers for what is wrong with public discourse in America today. It’s the Republicans. It’s the Democrats. It’s the Russians, the Social Justice Warriors, the Millennials, the Baby...

Are Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson Using the Same Method to Build Their Audiences?

About a month ago, my social media feeds were suddenly filled with pictures of aesthetically pleasing and space-conserving methods of folding laundry. Sale posts also skyrocketed as people cleaned out items that did not spark joy, and many of my...

The Best Internship EVER: How and Why You Should Apply for the Alcuin Internship

A glance out my window right now shows me a winter wonderland of record amounts of snow. It’s very pretty, but also bears an alarming resemblance to the apocalyptic Fimbulwinter in Norse mythology that ushers in the end of the world. Such scenes...

What Elizabeth Bennett Can Teach Us about Laughter

Last summer a friend and I made an interesting discovery: we both have “unsocialized laughs.” At least, that’s what another friend bluntly told us. This friend went on to assure us that his observation was not intended as an insult… but we both...

Why Bad Arguments Are So Persuasive

A few years ago, two of my younger siblings were helping in the kitchen when my little brother decided to take my little sister’s snack. When asked why he would do such a thing, he looked at my mom and explained, as though it should have been...

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