The first Division of the Humanities Berlin Family Lecturer Lawrence Lessig just published America, Compromised, capturing his sweeping, well-documented indictment of U.S. institutions, politicians, and citizens. Published by UChicago Press, the Harvard Law School professor’s new book expands on his lectures, providing a detailed look of why America is on the wrong path. According to Lessig, change is still possible if the American people can acknowledge and reverse its direction.
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The UChicago philosopher and professor Martha Nussbaum will receive the 2018 Berggruen Prize, which is given once a year and carries a cash award of $1 million to a thinker whose ideas “have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.” She is the author or editor of more than 40 wide-ranging books covering topics such as the place of emotions in political life, the nature of human vulnerability, the importance of liberal education, and the connections between classical literature and the contemporary world.
Imagination, personal experience, and lucid prose complement the in-depth research and stealthy dose of satire in Severance, Ling Ma’s debut novel, which just received the 2018 Kirkus Prize for fiction. Expanded from what originally began as a short story, her book was selected from 1,193 books published during the past year. Each winning author of the Kirkus Prize receives $50,000 and widespread renown in the book publishing world.