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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The Sexual Revolution and the Church

Lance Morrow

Most of the abuse by Catholic clergy represents collateral damage caused by the sexual upheaval of the 1960s. The damage is continuing—and it isn’t so collateral anymore.

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The Wall Street Journal / October 25, 2018

We’ve Grown Accustomed to Trump

Lance Morrow

Nearly two years into the Trump administration, plenty of people remain almost crazy with anger, and the country’s political and cultural forces overall remain centrifugal, driving people to extremes. Yet civilizing and mitigating countercurrents are at work beneath the surface.

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The Wall Street Journal / October 18, 2018

The Irrepressible Conflict

Lance Morrow

Reflections on the War Between the Stars—Kanye and Taylor, that is.

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City Journal / October 12, 2018

The Book of Donald

Lance Morrow

‘So the Amerikites revealed themselves, one to another, and it was not a pretty sight.’

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The Wall Street Journal / October 4, 2018

‘Advise & Consent’ Meets ‘Rashomon’

Lance Morrow

The Kavanaugh drama, with its black-and-white issues, resembled an old black-and-white movie.

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The Wall Street Journal / September 28, 2018

A Spectral Witness Materializes

Lance Morrow

The passage of time sometimes causes people to forget, sometimes to invent or embellish.

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The Wall Street Journal / September 17, 2018

A “Penchant” for Innuendo

Lance Morrow

With one word, the New York Times attempts to cast a shadow on Brett Kavanaugh’s character.

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City Journal / September 10, 2018

Trump, Mrs. Wilson and That ‘Senior Official’

Lance Morrow

If the senior official who wrote a recent New York Times op-ed truly had the best interests of the country at heart, he would have kept secret what he is doing, not only his identity.

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The Wall Street Journal / September 7, 2018

The Trump War Is a Boomer Battle

Lance Morrow

The president’s supporters and detractors alike use politics to re-enact old narratives of rebellion.

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The Wall Street Journal / August 27, 2018

Shall We Have Civil War or Second Thoughts?

Lance Morrow

Have we reached the tilting point on the subject of race? Americans don’t quite know anymore what they mean when they say “we.”

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The Wall Street Journal / August 18, 2018

Political Harassment is for the Birds

Lance Morrow

What happened at the Red Hen is reminiscent of the way mobbing crows attack an eagle or an owl.

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The Wall Street Journal / July 7, 2018

Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?

Lance Morrow

Heraclitus’ view of the world in constant flux found echoes in Hegel and now in the president.

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The Wall Street Journal / June 23, 2018