Tales of bringing the dead back to life

Meet Vikram Paralkar, an oncologist at Penn Medicine who has received extraordinary attention for his new fiction novel, “Night Theater,” a story where a surgeon is asked to bring the dead back to life.

Dee Patel


A new memoir by Lorene Cary, “Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century,” describes the year she spent caring for her grandmother in her home.

Louisa Shepard

In the News


French playwright Molière did indeed write his own masterpieces, computer science suggests

Joan DeJean of the School of Arts and Sciences said the 17th-century French playwright Molière has a uniquely identifiable authorial voice.


The Washington Post

Collection of premier proverb scholar opens at UVM

Dan Ben-Amos of the School of Arts and Sciences said Wolfgang Mieder of the University of Vermont is “one of the greatest proverb scholars of all times and the greatest of our generation.”


Smithsonian Magazine

Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ author who cataloged the African-American experience, dies at 88

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the late Toni Morrison’s best-known novel, “Beloved,” which demonstrates “the ways that the scars of American slavery … are borne not just on their immediate descendants and survivors but into the present day.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Toni Morrison, renowned writer, Nobel laureate and Princeton University professor, dies at 88

Herman Beavers of the School of Arts and Sciences memorializes the late Toni Morrison. “She taught us how not to be guided by the white gaze. She made it okay for us to really think about how we see the world and really be central in it,” Beavers said. “She showed us that we didn’t need white people to explain what our lives meant or even acknowledge it. We could do it ourselves.”


The New York Times

Overlooked no more: Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian poet who broke barriers of sex and society

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Fatemeh Shams memorialized the late Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad. “She always had one eye back on tradition, and one eye toward the future,” said Shams.


Smithsonian Magazine

For the first time in more than 20 years, copyrighted works will enter the public domain

Paul Saint-Amour of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about forgotten works entering the public domain. “We’re going to open these time capsules on a yearly basis ... and potentially have our understanding of that year and all the contents change.”