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

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...

Keith Ellison Abuse Allegations: #BelieveAllWomen . . . When it's Convenient.

Minnesota recently watched a brief, but intense, shake-up in its primary race for attorney general, in which Democrat Congressman Keith Ellison quickly emerged as a front-runner.   With a wildly successful political career and the...

Why Minimal Sleep is Not a Badge of Honor

“I need you to make sure that I don’t walk into any walls or trip on the stairs,” one of my friends recently informed me. Her reason? She was running on about three and a half hours of sleep and was struggling with the simple task of walking. I hadn...

I Spent a Week Teaching High School Kids How Government Works. Here’s What I Discovered.

I spent the past week at a camp teaching teens about the legislative process. Among other things, the teens learned about American history, government, and worldview, while also role-playing as senators, representatives, and media. The week ended...

What is a Humanist Wedding and Why is it Becoming Popular?

According to Brides.com, the months from late spring to early fall are generally considered to be “wedding season.” My fellow Alcuin Fellows and I found that we each know roughly half a dozen or so couples that have gotten engaged in the past year,...

Border Walls Many Americans Don’t Know Exist

With all the talk about Trump and his immigration policies, there seems to be a mentality that building a literal wall at a nation’s border is a novel idea. It really isn’t.  Throughout history, and especially in recent years, there has...

James Monroe is the Latest Victim of the PC Culture

In the latest move in what Politico has dubbed the “Nomenclature Wars,” a St. Paul school is considering scrubbing its namesake, President James Monroe, due to his slave-owning past. Matching similar trends around the country, this change is...

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