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

Do Not Pet: 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...

Five Famous Shakespeare Quotes You're Probably Taking Out of Context

Shakespeare is often quoted in a way that makes him sound like his works were incredibly serious and philosophical. While it is true that Shakespeare interacts with deep and compelling themes, and some of his plays do have a very somber tone, it’s...

What Lincoln's Secretary of State Can Teach Us About Hospitality

November elections are unfortunate in that they have the power to throw a long and divisive shadow over an already under-appreciated holiday, Thanksgiving. The 2018 election cycle was considerably less divisive than the 2016 cycle – which had the...

Why It Matters That Bert and Ernie Are Friends, Not Lovers

At this point, you’ve likely heard the controversy over whether or not the beloved Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie are a homosexual couple. Writer Mark Saltzman told Queerty magazine that he had always thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay...

Do Participation Trophies Actually Make Kids Worse Off?

Like many young adults my age, I received a fair number of participation certificates, ribbons, medals, and trophies growing up. Arguably, the “accomplishments” that earned those awards were not always impressive. For example, I participated in...

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