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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Biden-Cuomo Is the Way to Beat Trump

Lance Morrow

The former vice president promised a female running mate, but the world has changed since then.

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The Wall Street Journal / April 12, 2020

Calamity Has Much to Teach

Lance Morrow

We live in history—and calamity has a lot to teach us. Some say that we learn only by suffering and disaster.

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City Journal / March 27, 2020

What to Do When You’re Sheltering in Place

Lance Morrow

Set a routine and stick to it. Keep your body, clothes and home clean. Occupy your mind and have faith.

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The Wall Street Journal / March 23, 2020

Biden in an Age of Amazements

Lance Morrow

The Truman-like resurrection of the presidential candidate would be startling, in normal times—but these aren’t normal times.

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City Journal / March 4, 2020

The Charleston “Debate”

Lance Morrow

The Democrats’ Charleston forum was a Menckenesque carnival of self-regard.

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City Journal / February 26, 2020

OK Boomer? Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg Are Older Still

Lance Morrow

By Inauguration Day 2021, the three leading Democratic candidates would have reached the average U.S. male’s life expectancy.

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The Wall Street Journal / February 26, 2020

Bloomberg Agonistes

Lance Morrow

The seemingly humiliating Las Vegas debate may serve to prepare voters—in almost subconscious ways—to be receptive to Michael Bloomberg.

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City Journal / February 20, 2020

The State of Our Union Is . . . Entertaining

Lance Morrow

The State of the Union address brought President Trump’s high-concept politics—history as reality show or three-ring circus—to a new pitch of excitement, distraction and entertainment.

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The Wall Street Journal / February 5, 2020

What I Sing When Nobody’s Listening

Lance Morrow

With the right tune, you can immerse yourself, for a moment, in other times and other people’s stories.

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The Wall Street Journal / January 13, 2020

A Disparate Medley of American Voices

Lance Morrow

The impeachment proceeding should have been a grand and significant occasion. But it felt like stagecraft—history as performance, as if to say that we live in a fatally politicized, post-historical world.

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City Journal / December 19, 2019

Witch Hunts, Then and Now

Lance Morrow

Sin unredeemed by grace or merit resonates with the left’s ideology of a debunked America. It was that ideology that brought on the Trumpian uprising of 2016 and, three years down the road, has set the stage for the impeachment.

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The Wall Street Journal / December 17, 2019

An Autocracy of Feelings Overwhelms America

Lance Morrow

A democracy needs as much thought as it can get. Ours isn’t getting much.

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The Wall Street Journal / November 22, 2019