Author Archives: Doug Cumming

About Doug Cumming

journalism professor at W&L

After tragic fire in historic synagogue: Shared space or hyper-gentrification?

Story and photos by Doug Cumming NEW YORK — An abandoned synagogue that for 120 years housed New York’s oldest Eastern European Jewish congregation was not much noticed – until it lit up the sky last May. The flames that … Continue reading

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Rounding Manhattan

The tourists sitting in rows on the top deck of the docked Circle Line Manhattan waited to be entertained, and at $41 per adult ticket, $27 for children, it better be good. “Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls,” a brassy … Continue reading

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A Letter to Our Congressman

Dear Congressman Goodlatte: Thank you for your email of May 22 responding to our concerns about the American Health Care Act that you support. Our concerns can be divided into two classes: One, our moral commitment to what is best … Continue reading

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Lee at Tivoli Circle

“So this monument, lifted far above our daily strife of narrow interests and often narrower passions and misunderstandings, becomes a monument to more than its one great and rightly loved original. It symbolizes our whole South’s better self; the finer … Continue reading

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Endnotes in Strange Times

The research papers came in on the All-Academic website. I sent them out to reviewers. Then by May 1, the reviews came in, and we’re off to the races. What an amazing system! And what a privilege for me. I … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Atlanta

“The committee further recommends that the name of the church be officially restored to its former name of Grace Episcopal Church, to be completed no later than the last meeting of the current vestry.” From “Final Report,” Conflict Transformation Process … Continue reading

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A theory of the leisure class

The release by the White House of the financial worth of President Trump’s top advisors, in a Friday night dump timed for underplaying bad news (an April Fool’s joke on us?), was a face punch that we needed. While we … Continue reading

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