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Editor's Notes

Editor's Note, July/August 2011

In this issue we take in the legacies of two celebrated Americans, whose love of country was profoundly qualified. Robert E.

Editor's Note, May/June 2011

How is it that our culture has studied and written and published large libraries’ worth of new books on the Civil War, and yet reading Drew Gilpin Faust, this year’s Jefferson Lecturer, is like discov

Editor's Note, March/April 2011

In this issue, we honor the 2010 Humanities Medalists.

Editor's Note, January/February 2011

Many of us will contemplate the Civil War during the sesquicentennial, and Randall Fuller inaugurates the proceedings with a study of how the war changed the poetry of Walt Whitman.

Editor's Note, November/December 2010

Here’s a scary thought on the eve of the Civil War sesquicentennial: In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln was utterly beatable.

Editor's Note, September/October 2010

The great fear of those in the business of promoting the humanities is that people will realize we have nothing new to say.

Editor's Note, July/August 2010

The natural and the supernatural, the mental and the moral, verse and adversity all make an appearance in this issue of HUMANITIES.

Editor's Note, May/June 2010

I become uneasy whenever someone mentions the “lessons of history.” Not that history doesn’t offer lessons, it’s just that many of the lessons, I find, are hardly the kind of rules for living that can

Editor's Note, March/April 2010

A few weeks ago, zipping through some recent American writings on Buddhism, I came across an article by a Buddhist named Damaris Williams. It was about a meditation marathon she’d taken part in.

Editor's Note, January/February 2010

During a recession, everyone reaches for their green eyeshade. Unless it’s cheap, we don’t buy it. If it’s not certain to pay off, we don’t invest.