A Thorough Analysis of Our Rights

In his much-anticipated book, How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights is Tearing America Apart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2021), Jamal Greene ’95 illustrates how our approach to rights is dividing the country.

We believe that holding a right means getting a judge to let us do whatever the

Writing of Bonds of Intimacy

In How Other People Make Love (Wayne State University Press 2021), Thisbe Nissen ’90chronicles the lives and choices of people questioning the heteronormative institution of marriage. Not best-served by established conventions and conventional mores, these people-young, old, gay, straight, midwestern, coastal-are finding their own paths in learning who they

A Look Back in Time

In her latest novel, Antiquities (Knopf 2021), Cynthia Ozick, Jan. ’46 has crafted a narrative that captures the shifting meanings of the past, and how our experience colors those meanings. She writes of an individual who looks back on his years as a trustee with a now-defunct learning institution for

Glimpses into the Expression of Loss

In lost and found departments (Cornerstone Press 2020), Heather Dubrow ’62 has compiled a collection of poems that address loss and occasional recovery – of words, of people, of memories, and of literary genres. The collection includes found poetry and monologues, to reimagined forms and poems of loss and

Meditations Through Poetry

In publishing Urban Wild Life: A Collection of Poems for Autumn 2020 (Xlibris 2020), Jacqueline Strachan-Laughlin ’71 has returned to her first love, poetry. Now in her sixth decade, she has issued a first person, 21st century narrative that searches for, and occasionally finds, meaning in longing, rejection, sexuality, ministry,

Reflections on Life and Time

Kip Zegers

Kip Zegers is retired HCHS faculty. Publishing his eleventh book, A Room in the House of Time (Dos Madres Press 2020), he uses poetry to revisit the intimate bonds of family; to address his role in an urban setting as a teacher, husband, and citizen; and to comment upon

Examining the Foundations of our Nation

What We Mean by the American Dream

Doron Taussig ’99 has published a book that poses the question:

Did you earn what you have? Did everyone else?

The American Dream is built on the idea that Americans end up roughly where we deserve to be in our working lives based on our efforts and abilities; in other

How Following Sports Benefits Life

In his latest book, FANS: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding (Algonquin Press 2021), Larry Olmsted ’84 examines the lives of those who are passionate about sports. He makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and

Researching a Timeless Tale

The Turn of the Screw

Jonathan Warren ’84, associate professor and former chair of the York University Department of English in Toronto, Canada, has edited a new and expanded Norton Critical Edition of Henry James’ gothic novella The Turn of the Screw(W.W. Norton 2021). His first encounter with James’ work was in HCHS classes

A Compilation of Research on the Middle Ages

Writing Normandy: Stories of Saints and Rulers(Routledge 2020) brings together eighteen articles by historian Felice Lifshitz ’75/’76 ICY, some published for the first time. The articles examine the various ways in which local and regional narratives about the past were created and revised in Normandy during the central