Lance Morrow

Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow

Lance Morrow is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on the moral and ethical dimensions of public events, including developments in regard to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and political correctness on American campuses, with a view to the future consequences of such suppressions.

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Lance Morrow is the Henry Grunwald Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on the moral and ethical dimensions of public events, including developments in regard to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and political correctness on American campuses, with a view to the future consequences of such suppressions.

Morrow’s award-winning essays, appearing in TimeSmithsonianThe New York TimesThe Atlantic, and other publications, have offered probing analyses of American culture and politics in the transition from the 20th to the 21st century.

Morrow wrote about every presidential election from Nixon to Obama, wars from Vietnam to Bosnia to the Middle East. Morrow was the author of more than 150 cover stories for Time, including eight Man of the Year articles.

He is currently writing a book about Henry Luce and his magazines’ role in shaping American culture and opinions in the middle third of the 20th century. Morrow is a strong believer in the role of journalism in sustaining freedom and democracy.

The son of an editor of the old Saturday Evening Post and of a Washington columnist for the Knight syndicate, Morrow grew up in Washington. He attended Gonzaga High School, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. For nine years (1996-2005), he was a University Professor at Boston University, where he taught presidential history and the art of the essay.

The author of seven books, Morrow is a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award—the first for his original coverage in essay form of American cultural affairs, the second for his essay that was part of Time‘s special coverage of September 11th.

Morrow’s study of the question of evil, arising among other things from his travel in the Bosnian war zone with Elie Wiesel, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.  Later, he turned the article into a critically acclaimed book—Evil: An Investigation.

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Public Life Is Crazy, but Americans Aren’t

Lance Morrow

Politics and media are co-producers of the immense 21st-century moral circus.

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The Wall Street Journal / July 28, 2022

Ancestor Appreciation Day

Lance Morrow

July 4 should be an occasion for Americans to put aside the punitive memory of grievance and embrace the reverent memory of gratitude.

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City Journal / July 5, 2022

The End of a 50-Year Chapter

Lance Morrow

Wisdom on the left embraces the idea that last week’s decision in Dobbs was essentially—feloniously—political: an act of Trumpian brutalism. But that formulation is upside down.

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City Journal / June 28, 2022

Could This Be an Antebellum Age?

Lance Morrow

Political manners seem to be growing subservient to the threat of violence. It feels like the 1850s.

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Wall Street Journal / June 28, 2022

Could This Be an Antebellum Age?

Lance Morrow

Political manners seem to be growing subservient to the threat of violence. It feels like the 1850s.

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Wall Street Journal / June 23, 2022

What It’s Like to Be a Victim of Private Planes

Lance Morrow

Barnstorming is no fun when it’s your barn.

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Wall Street Journal / June 8, 2022

Walls, Doors, and Names

Lance Morrow

Memorial Day in an unnerved America

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City Journal / May 31, 2022

Innocence, Violence and the Mystery of Evil

Lance Morrow

Salvador Ramos, the Uvalde school shooter, was a troubled soul. But we are a disturbed society.

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The Wall Street Journal / May 26, 2022

Repetition, with Variations

Lance Morrow

These are history’s morphic resonances.

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City Journal / May 10, 2022

Reality in Primary Colors

Lance Morrow

The savage Russian invasion of Ukraine has called a distracted and divided world back to the basics of life and death.

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City Journal / March 4, 2022

Of Mice and Men

Lance Morrow

I felt remorse over killing a rodent until I learned it could carry the hantavirus.

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Wall Street Journal / February 25, 2022

How Minnesota Went From Tom Sawyer to Huck Finn

Lance Morrow

Minnesota once enjoyed a high degree of social cohesion rooted in the traditions of previous waves of immigrants. But as the region has grown and become more diverse, the Twin Cities in particular developed most of the problems that bedevil much of the rest of urban America.

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The Wall Street Journal / January 21, 2022