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A Better Mensch

My parents bought my egregiously orange Princeton doctoral robes, and I dutifully don (pun intended) them each spring to see Northwestern graduates on their way.  I live near the stadium where their lives ceremonially commence and walk among the nervous … Continue reading

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Join the Fun on June First

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Senior Citizenship

I didn’t hear the phone ring yesterday morning.  My husband took the call from a neighbor whose elderly husband fell ill in Istanbul and struggles to recover Chicago.  They were childhood sweethearts who attended the Orrington School Centennial last fall … Continue reading

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Purple Politics

Northwestern University has yet to put an alum in the White House.  However, we’ve done something far more remarkable.  We have captured the world of political comedy with greater success than any of our academic rivals who have managed to carve … Continue reading

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Marshalling Masterpiece

I organize the story of my life not by dates, but by Masterpiece.  Some of my earliest memories surround the Sunday night ritual of my mother’s disappearance behind closed doors to watch Upstairs Downstairs uninterrupted while my father took over her … Continue reading

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Faculty on Film

I identified Colin Firth as the leading film actor of his generation long before Americans ‘discovered’ him and bequeathed him an Academy Award. Despite his well-deserved title in the British press as “the thinking woman’s crumpet,” I cherish his acting … Continue reading

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Bertrand’s Bollywood

If Bollywood was good enough for renowned British philosopher Bertrand Russell, surely it’s good enough for you! With thanks to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism alumna and India’s leading film critic, Anupama Chopra:

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While I Was Away

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Berlin, Spring 1991

Two decades and half a lifetime ago, I traveled with my study abroad cohort to Berlin.  The recently opened wall between east and west had already become an ad hoc gallery space covered in a poignant mix of memory and … Continue reading

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