Moral Philosopher and Central European University President Michael Ignatieff

My Burmese Cats Decide When We Wake Up

Michael Ignatieff is an academic, writer, former head of the Liberal Party of Canada, rector and president of Central European University in Budapest, and the author most recently of The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, which earned him the 2018 Zócalo Book Prize. Before delivering the Zócalo Book Prize Lecture, “Are Ordinary Virtues More Powerful Than Universal Values?” he sat down in the green room to discuss his mayonnaise recipe, his spirit animal, and what’s most Canadian about him.

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Linguist and Writer Deborah Fallows

I Was the Skipper on an All-Girl Boat Crew

Deborah Fallows is a linguist and writer who holds a Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington …

Journalist and Author James Fallows

I Would Not Have Liked to Be Around During the Civil War

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than 35 years. He is the author of 11 books, as well as the just-published Our Towns: A …

USC Pop Culture Historian, Critic, and Commentator Todd Boyd

Creating a Seamless Life Is One of My Objectives

Todd Boyd is a race and pop culture scholar at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He appeared in the Academy Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, …

Notre Dame Art and Architecture Historian Ingrid Rowland

My Dad Said “Be Yourself,” but Mom Said, “Roll With the Punches”

Ingrid Rowland is a Professor in the Department of History and the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. She writes and lectures on Classical Antiquity, the Renaissance, …

Journalist Amanda Fortini

I Go Hiking Inside Las Vegas Casinos

Amanda Fortini has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Republic and The Paris Review, among other publications, and …