By Faculty

Kiss Me Someone

By Karen Shepard ’87, Senior Lecturer in English. Tin House Books, September 2017. Available on Amazon. Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with… Continue reading »

The Myth of Disenchantment

By Jason Josephson-Storm, Associate Professor of Religion. University of Chicago Press, May 2017. A great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm argues that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is… Continue reading »

The World to Come: Stories

By Jim Shepard, J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence. Penguin Random House, February 2017. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of our… Continue reading »

Law and the Economy in Colonial India

By Tirthankar Roy and Anand Swamy, Williams Professor of Economics. The University of Chicago Press, September 2016. Since the economic reforms of the 1990s, India’s economy has grown rapidly. To sustain growth and foreign investment over the long run requires a well-developed legal infrastructure for conducting business,… Continue reading »

A School of Our Own

By Samuel Levin and Susan Engel, Senior Lecturer in Psychology. The New Press, September 2016. Engel and her son Levin tell the story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating… Continue reading »

Save The Last Dance

By Eric Joseph & Eva Ungar Grudin, Senior Lecturer in Art, Emerita. Hargrove Press, May 2016. Adam and Sarah had planned to get married in high school but ultimately called it off. Now in their late 60s, they reconnect before their 50th high school reunion, but… Continue reading »

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