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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High School Morality Play

Lance Morrow

Today’s progressives place adolescents at the center of their moral imaginations, as if the moods of teenagers were the mirror of their most consequential thoughts. 

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City Journal / January 25, 2019

Save America from Aunt Sally

Lance Morrow

A democracy refreshes itself by alternating its political emphases. In this way, the American people remain approximately sane, and prevent themselves from becoming either totalitarian or bored. But a binary system will break up if the two stars fly too far apart—if their mutual gravity cannot hold them in tension.

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The Wall Street Journal / January 4, 2019

Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?

Lance Morrow

Social evolutions of the past century have dashed apart old sex roles and notions of self-sacrifice.

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The Wall Street Journal / December 15, 2018

America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?

Lance Morrow

A healthy society reserves anger for special occasions. Today taking offense has become a reflex.

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The Wall Street Journal / December 1, 2018

Trump’s Chaos Theory

Lance Morrow

President Trump does not yet grasp that his compulsion to create chaos—sometimes an asset—may ultimately prove to be the greatest threat to his presidency.

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The Wall Street Journal / November 16, 2018

The Presbyterian Minister’s Son

Lance Morrow

Woodrow Wilson’s myth remains vexed and unsettled. He persists, in American memory, as a sort of botched paragon—a man who remains almost irritatingly alive and imperfect and somehow touching. The respect that he deserves is complicated—and so is the contempt.

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City Journal / November 9, 2018

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