Reason and Passion
I consulted with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University as an editor on Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan’s Enduring Influence, a compendium of personal essays on Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan and his judicial legacy. Essays describing Justice Brennan’s life and work were contributed by Tom Wicker, Anthony Lewis, Alan Dershowitz, Lani Guinier, David J. Garrow, Anna Quindlen, Nat Hentoff, David Halberstam, Derrick Bell, Laurence Tribe, Charles Ogletree, and others, including six Supreme Court justices. I worked with contributors to solicit essays, conducted interviews, edited copy, and compiled the manuscript.
The Lamp Beside the Golden Door
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), I wrote The Lamp Beside the Golden Door. This exhaustive history of the refugee resettlement agency was based on extensive research in the organization’s archives, as well as interviews with agency leadership and immigrants served by NYANA. The book chronicles the creation of NYANA by the American Jewish community to find homes in New York City for displaced persons from World War II and the evolution of NYANA’s mission over the next half-century to aid refugees uprooted from conflicts and oppression around the globe, including the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.