Drew Gilpin Faust was not your average Harvard president, and the road that got her there was full of good trouble.
Nicolaus Mills is author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower and professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College.
Here’s how one college responded to the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in college admissions.
In 1988, Ronald Reagan made a heartfelt case for payments combining restitution and reparations without fearing he would lose his credentials as a political conservative.
In the early 20th Century, America’s foremost industrialist, inventor, and naturalist embarked on a series of road trips that were inspired by Thoreau and anticipated Kerouac.
The speeches on graduation day are much less important than the farewells of students, parents, and teachers.
Pulitzer-prize-winning sociologist Matthew Desmond argues that we can start obliterating poverty by overhauling the government policies and laws that worsen the lives of the poor.
As his memoir never lets us forget, there is no “I” in team. But there certainly is one in Smith.
George Balanchine loved Fred Astaire, Native American dancing, and the long-legged kicks of American cheerleaders, and he blended it magically with classic Russian ballet.
Americans share the world’s revulsion when Russia fires on civilians in Ukraine, but at the end of World War II we did the same to the Japanese.
After the Cold War and before 9/11, things got almost boring, but cultural critic Klosterman’s latest book shows us that we missed a lot of clues to the future.