Colin Walmsley is a government major and anthropology minor at Dartmouth College. An avid researcher, his scholarship has included an ethnographic study of queer youth homelessness in New York City and a government honors thesis on state responses to secessionism. He has studied abroad in France and New Zealand, started a chicken farm in rural Kenya, and contributed to discussion about global issues and leadership as a Great Issues Scholar, War and Peace Fellow and Rockefeller Leadership Fellow at Dartmouth. He also sings bass with the Dartmouth Brovertones a cappella group, hosts a radio show on 99Rock WFRD FM, and plays center for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club. Outside school, Colin is an advocate for the rights of LGBT people and other marginalized groups. He has worked at New Alternatives drop-in center for LGBT homeless youth in New York City, and created a documentary about convicted murderers who participate in the Concord, N.H., prison’s art program. A Rhodes Scholar, Colin will attend Oxford University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology.
With the last candles extinguished, the country will move on. The vigils will end. The cameras will stop rolling. The faces of the victims will disappear from our newsfeeds, though the face of the accused may linger a few weeks longer. And bit by bit, the tragedy will fade from the national memory. This is the familiar script of tragedy.
If U.S. President Donald Trump's election south of the border has demonstrated anything, it's that the biggest political extremist threat comes not from small, radical parties on the fringes of political discourse, but from extremist politicians hijacking a major party and using its established legitimacy to validate their views.
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