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Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 10:18 am
I'm writing about cemeteries this week.My focus is Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, world-famous for being the final (one hopes) resting place of Lincoln and his family. But anyone who's driven in...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 09:22 am
 In “How high can you go?” (Nov. 16, 2017) I looked at the various proposals to lure Amazon’s proposed second national headquarters to Chicago.           ...
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 04:37 pm
 In Business as usual” (Nov. 9, 2017) I looked at, por rather down on, the new economic development initiative known as the Sangamon County Project. There is more to be said. The focus of ...
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 03:11 pm
 In “Stellar! Stellar!”—a column lumbered with my lamest title ever—I explored the new fund drive to help build the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus. For space reasons I wa...
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 04:20 pm
In the Fall 2017 number of The Hedgehog Review, devoted to critical reflections on contemporary culture, Paul Christman explores life in " a no-place that is also everyplace and anyplace."...
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 03:59 pm
This was brought to my attention by the editors of the London Review of Books. It concerns something written by the influential mid-century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, who as every mid-Illinoisan s...
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 12:19 pm
I addressed the problem of Columbus Day in “What Columbus Day means to us.” I decided write the column after rejecting performing some symbolic act by which I might commemorate Christopher Colum...
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 05:28 pm
 Abraham LIncoln has long engaged our historians and public intellectuals. Of late he has stimulated our artists as well. The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Britain's most...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 02:31 pm
 In "Gathering nuts," I tried to pay tribute to that a string of Springfield men who played a surprising large role in the acceptance of oral history as a means of research into the past, ...
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 09:39 am
On my recent visit to the main campus of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, the presence of Chinese, Korean and Indian students was marked. The university’s recruiting of the Asian...

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