Current Issue

Apr. 22, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 12

Books and Arts
History professor Martha Sandweiss explores the double life of Clarence King, who lived as both a white man and a black man in the 19th century.

Love in black and white

Martha Sandweiss examines racial passing in America

Published in the Apr. 22, 2009, issue

Clarence King, a celebrated explorer, geologist, and surveyor in 19th-century America, chose to set that identity aside — and live as a working-class black man during a time of harsh racial segregation in the United States. He did it for love. King moved...Read more
Susan Jonas ’81 co-authored a 2002 study that found that only 17 percent of plays produced on the nation’s main stages were written by women.

Making theater more diverse

Susan Jonas ’81 advocates for female playwrights and directors

Published in the Apr. 22, 2009, issue

Last fall, when a group of female playwrights met in New York to complain that few theaters were staging plays by women, Susan Jonas ’81 might have been excused for having a sense of déjà vu. In 2002, as an analyst with the New York State Council on the Arts,...Read more
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Lives of the Artists

By Calvin Tomkins '47

(Henry Holt) In this collection of profiles that first appeared in The New Yorker, the author examines the personal and professional lives of 10 contemporary artists and offers a look at the art world. The life of the artist, he...

Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

By Paula Fredriksen *79

(Doubleday) The author traces the social and intellectual forces that led to Christian anti-Semitism. She shows how Augustine of Hippo (354–430) challenged anti-Semitism and his church. Augustine, writes Fredriksen, argued that...
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