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Karl Baden
Blue Sky Books

Assistant Professor of Photography Karl Baden has published a book entitled Work from Two Bodies, consisting of his photographic work.

Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünver
A breath of life

A new model to match lung transplant donors and recipients is the latest project of Professors of Economics Tayfun Sönmez and Utku Ünver, noted for their previous work on kidney exchange. The Economist "Free Exchange".

Paul Lewis
Poe returns to Boston

A years-long effort spearheaded by Professor of English Paul Lewis to reclaim Edgar Allan Poe for his birthplace will come to fruition this weekend when a statue of the author is unveiled in Boston. The project is featured in today's Boston GlobeBC News Release | Lewis, who is chair of the Poe Foundation of Boston, was interviewed about it on WBUR Radio Boston.

Heather Cox Richardson
Evolution of the GOP

The history of the Republican Party shows why, since the Civil War, the nation has been caught in cycles of progressivism and reaction. Is it possible for the party—and the country—to resolve this tension? asks Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson in an essay adapted from her new book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. Washington Post. She discussed the book on WBUR 'Radio Boston'.

Sheila Gallagher
America's next great artists

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Sheila Gallagher is among 102 'rare creative talents that could change the art world' selected to show at the State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum. In this feature by CBS Evening News, her work with smoke and 'Black Cow' appears at :54; her work with plastic at 1:00 and her piece 'Plastic Lila,' which was purchased by the museum for its collection of American Art, at 2:34). She discusses her work in two related videos: Painting in Plastic and Smoke Painting.

Jeffrey Bloehl
Christianity in a secular age

Christianity vs. secularism needn't be a zero-sum game, writes Associate Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Bloechl for the Australian Broadcasting Co. Religion and Ethics Report.

Victoria Mariconti
Phi Beta Kappa faculty focus

College of Arts and Sciences student Victoria Mariconti '15, awarded a prestigious writing internship by the national Phi Beta Kappa Society, writes on Associate Professor of Biology Laura Hake's course 'Sustaining the Biosphere' for the society's Key Reporter.

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Women and genetic testing

Waiting for Cancer to Come by Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber is the first book to explore the complicated emotional, social, economic and psychological turmoil facing women who learn, through genetic testing, of their high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. BC News Release | Huffington Post

Alan Wolfe
Giving Diaspora its due

The security of Israel remains precarious. Might the universalist tradition of Judaism be a viable alternative?, asks Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, in a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education Review.

Solomon Friedberg
Common Core math not fuzzy

Common Core lays the foundation for students to have a better grasp of mathematical concepts than present standards and sets higher expectations for teaching and learning. If that doesn't sound fuzzy, there's a simple reason: It isn't, writes McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg. USA Today

David Hopkins
Politics and polarization

Research by Assistant Professor of Political Science David Hopkins of the gap in the way Democrats and Republicans today approach governing and legislation, and why the two parties seem to fail to understand one another, was highlighted by the Washington Post and Vox.com.

Joseph Nugent
Taking 'Dubliners' digital

James Joyce's Dubliners is an unlikely launch pad for a pedagogical revolution, but Associate Professor of English Joe Nugent and his students are using it to pioneer technological change. Their 'Digital Dubliners' is featured by WGBH News.

James Cronin
Scotland rejects independence

Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum. Professor of History James Cronin discussed the outcome in an interview with NECN.

Suzanne Matson
The story of 'Pie'

Set in post World War II America, "Pie" depicts the thrill and danger inherent in the American dream of unrestricted liberty. Written by Professor of English Suzanne Matson, the story has been published as part of the Ploughshares Solos series. BC Bookmarks

Tina Packer joins faculty

Celebrated stage director Tina Packer, one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare, joins the University as the 2014-15 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor in Theatre Arts. BC News Release | Broadway World

Jonathan Bloom
Examining the ISIS flag

Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Jonathan Bloom discusses the origins of the black flag with white Arabic writing flown by ISIS. PRI's The World

Heather Richardson
Looking to Lincoln

Those seeking to rebrand the GOP should look to its history, writes Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson, author of the forthcoming book To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. New York Times

Peter Gray
From Child's Play to "Unschooling"

Play initiated and directed by children is not the opposite of learning, but rather is learning at its most powerful, according to Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, co-author of an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He discussed the "unschooling" method of education with the New York Times "Op Talk."

Richard Kearney
Losing Touch in a Virtual World

In an increasingly virtual world, are people losing touch with the sense of touch itself? And if so, so what?, asks Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney in a piece published by the New York Times and the Irish Times.

Carlo Rotella
Information underload

English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella writes on the summertime pleasure of being away from a daily influx of data. Boston Globe

Karl Baden
Brief History of the Selfie

MTV tasked senior writer Brenna Erlich to do a history of the ubiquitous 'selfie'. It's surprisingly thorough and informative for a short piece, beginning with Rembrandt and going right up through current iterations, which includes Assistant Professor of Photography Karl Baden. MTV News

Peter Skerry
'Immigration malpractice'

Young Latin Americans are paying the price for America's immigration policy, writes Political Science Professor Peter Skerry. Weekly Standard

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Why women apologize

A new commercial is telling women to stop routinely apologizing for things that are not their fault. Sociology Professor Sharlene Hess-Biber discussed why women tend to do this in an interview with Fox News Boston.

Joseph Tecce
"On the Scene in Wellesley with Fred Garmon"

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce gave a rare interview on both personal and professional information related to psychology. Wellesley Townsman

Alan Rogers
Law and religious exemption

In his new book, The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children, History Professor Alan Rogers explores attempts to prosecute parents who use prayer and spiritual healing to treat their children’s medical problems. BC Chronicle

Martha Bayles
Public Diplomacy vs. Propaganda

How should the U.S. government respond to Russia's propaganda? A&S Honors Program faculty member Martha Bayles argues in favor of public diplomacy, which emerges from a unique tradition of truth-based persuasion, rooted in constitutionally protected freedoms of speech, press, and debate. Boston Globe

Peter Ireland
A Useful Rule for Monetary Policy

In good times as in bad, the "Taylor rule" would help the Fed explain its policies to lawmakers and the American public, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland in his latest piece for Economics 21.

Elizabeth Graver
A writer at work

Novelist, essayist and English Professor Elizabeth Graver, whose most recent work, The End of The Point, was long-listed for the National Book Award, talked about her inspiration and process in an interview with the Boston Globe.

Jonathan Laurence
'Old-fashioned espionage'

Germany is investigating two Germans suspected of spying for the U.S., and has expelled America's top intelligence official in Berlin. Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence discussed the developments with BBC/PRI 'The World,' Australian Broadcasting Co.'s 'The World Today,' The Hill and La Repubblica, among other media.

Peter Krause
Gaza conflict

Political Science Assistant Professor Peter Krause wrote on the 'price' of radical flanks and the conflict in Gaza. Washington Post

M. Shawn Copeland
Revisiting racism

Recurring public acknowledgments of landmark events in the modern black struggle for civil rights provide opportunities for reflection on the nation's recent past and for examination of conscience, writes Theology Professor M. Shawn Copeland. America

Richard Gaillardetz
Vatican II DVD Series

Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz explores the enduring legacy and contributions of Vatican II in the current age in the new, 12-lecture DVD series Vatican II and the Church of the Third Millennium.

Franck Salameh
A scholar's tribute

The late Fouad Ajami, an American academic and public intellectual deemed by many the poet laureate of Middle East Studies, was 'a gem of a scholar' who interpreted the Middle East to his American audiences as 'defined by hybridity, fluidity and diversity,' writes Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies Franck Salameh. Jerusalem Post

Penelope Ismay
Ismay Named Cooney Family Assistant Professor

Historian Penelope Ismay, who researches the social history of modernity in Britain, has been named the Cooney Family Assistant Professor, as part of a new initiative to support junior faculty research and early-career development.

Carlo Rotella
'Reading bee' buzz

Want kids to read more? Try a 'reading bee'—the invention English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella calls his 'single undisputable achievement as a parent.' Boston Globe

Peter Gray
Let the play begin

Free play is nature’s way of teaching children how to be adults—a purpose that is undermined when adults supervise or intervene, contends Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray. Boston Globe

David Hollenbach, S.J.
BC at CTSA conclave

The Theology Department and School of Theology and Ministry were a significant presence at this year's meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America, where Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology Richard Gaillardetz completed his term as president, and University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice David Hollenbach, S.J., was elected vice-president, to be followed by the presidency in two years. More on the event in the BC Chronicle.

Eva Garroutte
What's in a name?

The ad opposing the NFL team name 'Redskins' was 'beautifully produced and well conceived,' according to Sociology Associate Professor Eva Garroutte, a researcher of racial and ethnic identity and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. USA Today

Amir Hoveyda
2014 Eni Award winner

Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda received Italy’s prestigious 2014 Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons on June 17 in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome. BC News Release | PhysOrg | AZOm

Charles Derber
Economics with class

Thomas Piketty's blockbuster book, Capital in the 21st Century, may be one of those rare works that transforms the national political conversation, contends Sociology Professor Charles Derber. Boston Globe 'The Podium'

'Dubliners' goes digital

A group of BC students in a course taught by English Adjunct Associate Professor Joseph Nugent has created Digital Dubliners, a multimedia Apple iBook that uses interactive technology to guide readers through James Joyce's classic collection of short stories, which marks the centenary of its publication this year. Chronicle of Higher Education | "These tech-savvy students are no longer mere absorbers of information...[but] makers and disseminators of knowledge to the world," writes Nugent in the Irish Times.

Jonathan Laurence
Germany in the 21st Century

Political Science Associate Professor Jonathan Laurence looks at the challenges facing Germany in its quest for a foreign and defense policy to complement its economic might, in the latest entry in the Brookings Institution US-Europe analysis series.

Michael Naughton
...and meets nanopublishing

Inspired by BC students' creation of 'Digital Dubliners,' Ferris Professor of Physics Michael Naughton etched the text of Dubliners onto a 2.5-square-millimeter patch using a sophisticated nanolithography technique more commonly employed to build electronics than to print miniature editions of classic literature. Boston Globe

Martha Bayles
The view from abroad

Is American popular culture swaying public opinion abroad? College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program faculty member Martha Bayles discussed her book Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America's Image Abroad in an interview with PBS Newshour.

Fr. Greg Kalscheur
Fr. Kalscheur Appointed as Interim A&S Dean

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named interim dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, effective June 1. BC Chronicle

Marc Landy
Understanding Ukraine policy

In the Ukraine crisis, President Obama has proven to be a better commander than educator in chief, writes Political Science Professor Marc Landy.

photo of Harold Petersen
Petersen Wins Phi Beta Kappa Award

Associate Professor of Economics Harold Petersen has been selected for the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, given annually by the academic honor society’s Boston College chapter to a faculty member who has achieved excellence as a teacher and advisor.

Juliet Schor
Radcliffe fellow

Professor of Sociology Juliet Schor has been named the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at Radcliffe, where she will be working on her next book, about people consciously embracing more sustainable consumption practices.

Seniors to Remember

Each year, several students of the graduating class who exemplify what's best about Boston College are selected to reflect on their experiences at the University. Four students, Brooke Loughrin, Philip McHarris, Matthew Alonsozana, and David Cote are graduating from Arts and Sciences.

Karl Baden
Coolest self-portraits

Among the 50 'Coolest Self Portraits You'll Ever See' is a portrait of Karl Baden, Assistant Professor of Photography. AcidCow.com, photo #17.

Suzanne Berne
BC Bookmarks

Award-winning author and English Department adjunct faculty member Suzanne Berne has published a new book, The Dogs of Littlefield, characterized by one reviewer as a cross between a comedy of manners and a whodunit.

Richard Kearney
Atheism and belief

Seelig Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney—author of the Anatheism: Returning to God after God—in which he rejects the notion that individuals must chose between theism and  atheism-was interviewed on the subject by the Irish Times.

photo of Peter Ireland
Good news for the economy

The latest strong employment report overall helps assuage concerns that the economic recovery is stalling out. What fundamental factors underlie the continuing improvement? Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland writes for Economics21.

Catherine Niech
Congress-Bundestag fellow

Catherine Niech A&S '14 will participate in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally-funded fellowship to study and work in Germany. She is one of 75 fellows selected from more than 700 applicants.

Sharlene Hesse-Biber
Men and breast cancer

Sociology Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber, author of the forthcoming book Waiting for Cancer to Come, writes that the healthcare field needs to develop a broader understanding of the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis in men.

Karl Baden
'Selfie' Everyday

The April issue of The Gavel includes a profile of Professor Karl Baden, focusing on his Every Day project and the media attention it has received in this era of the "selfie." Professor Baden recently marked 25 years of photographing his own face every morning – except one.

Paul Schervish
Greater Boston's Cultural Future

Boston-area cultural institutions are courting a broad swath of younger people in hopes of filling their halls and locking down loyalty along the way. By casting such a wide net, however, they could be leaving money from the tech community on the table. Sociology Professor and Center on Wealth and Philanthropy Professor Paul Schervish comments in the Boston Globe.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Mirror of the Abyss

Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer has made an important contribution to the understanding of the workings of Soviet literary life with I SAW IT: Ilya Selvinsky and the Legacy of Bearing Witness to the Shoah, according to the Times Literary Supplement.

Carlo Rotella
Poet of the Urban Landscape

Working in the second half of the 19th century, a time of disorientingly rapid industrialization and urbanization, inspiring landscape architect, journalist, conservationist, and public servant Frederick Law Olmsted did more than anyone else to make cities livable, humane, and inspiring, writes English Professor and Director of American Studies Carlo Rotella.

Peter Ireland
Europe's monetary mistake

Unwelcome monetary conditions hold sway in the Euro Area—a concern for Americans, since the situation may mean decreased demand for U.S. exports, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland.

Jennifer Erickson
Sesquicentennial prof

Political Science Assistant Professor Jennifer Erickson, an expert on international security and political economy issues, has been named the White Family Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor.

Cyril Opeil, S.J.
Finding God in complex things

Physics Associate Professor Cyril Opeil, S.J., studies condensed matter, a research area that has applications for the pursuit of alternative-energy sources. He’s featured by the Society of Jesus U.S. website Jesuits.org.

James Keenan, S.J.
Fr. Keenan named director of BC's Jesuit Institute

Founders Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J., director of the Presidential Scholars Program, has been named director of the Jesuit Institute and holder of the Canisius Chair. BC Chronicle

John Ebel
Unearthly earthly noises

Where are Connecticut’s mysterious ‘moodus noises’ coming from? Geophysicist and Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor John Ebel discussed seismological connections to the sounds in an interview with NPR reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro '01: WBUR ‘Here and Now’.

photo of Jeremy Clarke, S.J.
Class finds lost Chinese relics

A successful academic quest by BC undergraduates, who used research and detective skills to track down more than 80 carved Chinese pagodas that had been lost for nearly a century, has resulted in an exhibit of several of the rare items, now on view in O'Neill Library. The class project, led by History Assistant Professor Jeremy Clarke, S.J., is featured by the Boston Globe.

photo of Juliet Schor
Public Understanding Award

Sociology Professor Juliet Schor has won the 2014 Public Understanding of Sociology Award, given annually by the American Sociological Association for exemplary contributions to the understanding of sociology, sociological research, and scholarship among the general public.

Robert Imbelli
BC Bookmarks

In his new book Rekindling the Christic Imagination: Theological Meditations for the New Evangelization, Theology Associate Professor Emeritus Robert Imbelli uses artistic, literary, spiritual and theological sources to place Christ at the center of Catholic faith.

Peter Fray
Parenting vs. overprotecting

Has preoccupation with safety taken away from childhood independence? Psychology Research Professor Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, is among guests discussing the difference between keeping kids safe and over-sheltering them.

Maxim D. Shrayer
Reading the Russians

What can we learn about Russian character and temperament from their literary giants—Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekov, Nabokov? Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer was among experts providing insights on WBUR’s Radio Open Source | His latest book, Leaving Russia, is featured by Jewish Voice and New Jersey Jewish News; he reflects on his last Soviet summer in a piece for Moment magazine.

Nathan Schwan
Doing ELL well

A coalition of education groups believes a new bill would transform the way English language learners are educated in Massachusetts, writes Presidential Scholar Nathan Schwan A&S ’16, state captain of Students for Education Reform and co-author of an op-ed in the Boston Globe.

Matthew Evans
Goldwater Scholar

Biology major Matthew F. Evans A&S ’15, whose research interests focus on the neurobiology of cell growth, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate award in the sciences. BC News Release

Peter Ireland
The Fed's forward guidance

The Federal Reserve can best help employment by stabilizing prices, not targeting unemployment, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland for Economics 21.

Dean David Quigley
From Dean to Provost

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., has named David Quigley, a respected administrator and distinguished historian, teacher and scholar who has served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences since 2009, as provost and dean of faculties. BC News Release | Boston.com

Carlo Rotella
Reality of 'Breaking Boston'

The new A&E reality show is to the Boston movie boom as ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ is to ‘Hamlet,’ writes English Professor and American Studies Director Carlo Rotella. Boston Globe

Patrick Maney
The Clinton documents

The National Archives has made public some 4,000 pages of previously confidential documents related to the Clinton Administration. History Professor Patrick Maney discussed the release with Fox News Boston.

David Hollenbach, S.J.
Catholicism and the challenge of liberty

Theology Professor David Hollenbach, S.J., holder of the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice, is among experts interviewed for a video history of religious liberty from Constantine to Vatican II by Catholic News Service.

Joseph Tecce
Putin's nonverbal cues

Psychology Associate Professor Joseph Tecce was among experts asked to interpret Russian president Vladimir Putin's body language during Tuesday's news conference. NBCNews.com

Karl Baden
'Selfie' portrait of aging

A selfie a day for 27 years? Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Karl Baden has taken nearly 10 thousand daily photographic self-portraits to document the aging process. 'PBS Newshour | WCVB-TV News | WBZ-TV News | Boston Magazine | Yahoo! News | Elite Daily | NY Daily News | Huffington Post UK

Rev. Robert Imbelli
Francis on the Chair of Peter

Theology Associate Professor Emeritus Rev. Robert Imbelli writes about Pope Francis’ appointment of 19 cardinals, the first public liturgical ceremony at which he and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI appeared together. dotCommonweal

Peter Krause
Political Violence

Assistant Professor Peter Krause explains variation in the use and effectiveness of political violence in the journal International Security. | Podcast

The economics of hope: kidney exchange

Boston College economists Tayfun Sönmez and M. Utku Ünver describe how they have improved the way patients in need of a kidney are matched with donors. Video from University Advancement.

Peter Ireland
The fed and the economy

The markets applauded Janet Yellen’s recent report to Congress–an enthusiasm that seems fully justified, writes Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland for the Manhattan Institutes’ E21.com.

Maksym Fedorchuk
Sloan Foundation Fellow

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Maksym Fedorchuk has received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded annually by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to outstanding, 'rising star' U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars.

James Smith
Magdalenes still await justice

Nearly a year after Ireland's Taoiseach made an emotional apology to survivors of the Magdalene Laundries, the women continue to suffer poverty, ill-health and trauma, writes English Associate Professor James Smith, a committee member of Justice for Magdalenes Research.

Dawei Chen
NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dawei Chen has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the agency’s most prestigious grant for junior faculty.

Kerry Cronin
The dating game

Required dating? It's an unusual aspect of a seminar taught by Kerry Cronin, associate director of the Philosophy Department’s Lonergan Institute and a fellow in BC's Center for Student Formation. Times Higher Education

Cathleen Kaveny
Kaveny named Libby Professor

Cathleen Kaveny, a nationally noted scholar on the intersections of law, morality and religion, has been named the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor, an appointment in both the Law School and Department of Theology.

Sara Moorman
Caring despite abuse

Research by Sociology Assistant Professor Sara Moorman and Graduate School of Social Work doctoral student Jooyoung Kong on the challenges of caregiving for abusive parents is highlighted by the New York Times.

Lisa Sowle CahillMaxim D. Shrayer
Praise
for BC Authors

America magazine calls Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics, new from Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill, "a significant contribution not only to that discipline, but also to theology"; Leaving Russia by Professor of Russian and English Maxim D. Shrayer is named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. BC Bookmarks

Peter Krause
Winter Olympics security concerns growing amid terror threats

Assistant Professor Peter Krause appeared on NECN this morning to discuss the terroist threat to the Sochi Olympics.

Richard Kearney
Traumas never named

Seeling Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney addressed Ireland's ‘traumas that were never named,’ notably the Great Famine, in remarks at an Abbey Theatre symposium on the role of theater in commemoration. Irish Times | RTE's The Pat Kenny Show (at 5:50)| RTE's Marian Finucane Show (scroll to Jan. 18 show).

Narintohn Luangrath
Undergrad research award

Narintohn Luangrath ’14, whose work on migration and asylum policy issues earned her a Truman Scholarship, has been named one of two winners of undergraduate research awards by the Forum on Education Abroad, for her work as an intern with the Irish Human Rights Commission.

Peter Ireland
What's ahead for the economy?

Murray and Monti Professor of Economics Peter Ireland writes on the potential impact of the recent rise in long-term interest rates and looks ahead to the coming year in his latest essays for 'Economics 21.'

Liane Young
Judgments of suicide

People—even non-religious people—make the moral judgment that suicide is wrong not because of any specific harm related to the act, but because they believe it taints the purity of a person’s soul, according to a study by Josh Rottman, a doctoral student working in the lab of Psychology Assistant Professor Liane Young and Deborah Kelemen. BC News Release (via Science Codex), Business Standard, Health24, Medical Express News, Science Blog, Science Daily

Marilynn Johnson
Society and smoking

A newly approved ordinance banning smoking on Boston Common is especially ironic given the park’s past, writes History Professor Marilynn Johnson. Boston Globe 'Ideas'