The Mary Sue

Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature

Published April 16, 2018 on The Mary Sue | By Clare Church Question: What’s more attractive than an intelligent, compassionate, rugged Professor, who has tumbling brown hair, cares for orphans, and loves to hear about your work? Answer: A rich, rude snob, who despises dancing, scoffs at your family, and calls you “tolerable, but not… Continue reading Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature

Tablet Magazine

Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

Published July 14, 2017 on Tablet Magazine | By Clare Church     Early last year, France opened its WWII police archives for the first time. More than 200,000 documents, formerly available only to select scholars and officials, became open to the public after 76 years of secrecy. Reports soon surfaced of people leaving the archives in tears, distraught with… Continue reading Confronting Memories of Nazi-Occupied France

Philanthropy New York

Watch this New Series Showing the Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Muslim New Yorkers

Published February 23, 2017 on Philanthropy New York | By Clare Church Imam Khalid Latif urged his wife not to get off the plane with him on the way to their honeymoon in St. Lucia. “You don’t want to go through this,” he pleaded. Latif, on previous occasions, had been stopped for random checks; escorted… Continue reading Watch this New Series Showing the Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives of Muslim New Yorkers

Bedford + Bowery

The Feud Between the Millionaire and the ‘King of the Hoboes’

Published January 4, 2017 on Bedford + Bowery | By Clare Church Heckles and howls echoed through the meeting rooms of 64 East 4th Street on February 1, 1913. “Down with How and his postage stamp philanthropy!” yelled Jeff Davis, the self-proclaimed King of the Hoboes. “He has never given us any of his mythical millions!” Davis further… Continue reading The Feud Between the Millionaire and the ‘King of the Hoboes’

Journal of Political Inquiry

So you want to move to Canada, eh?

Published March 7, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church Well, well, well. How the tables have turned. It was only last month that I was still getting a constant barrage of “You’re Canadian?! That’s so cute!” or “You say ‘about’ funny!” or even better, “Is Canada even a real country?”… Continue reading So you want to move to Canada, eh?

Bedford + Bowery

Backstage at a Fest That’s ‘Experimenting With the Idea of Experimental Theater’

Published January 27, 2016 on Bedford + Bowery | By Clare Church and Esme Montgomery Last week, we gave you the heads up about Exponential Festival, a cavalcade of local productions that are “all experimental and strange in nature, but in a way that’s experimenting with the idea of experimental theater,” according to founder Theresa Buchheister.… Continue reading Backstage at a Fest That’s ‘Experimenting With the Idea of Experimental Theater’

Women Across Frontiers

Barbie’s New Campaign May Be Missing the Point

Published December 15, 2015 on Women Across Frontiers | By Clare Church NEW YORK — Imagine a Barbie who sports red sneakers instead of stilettos, wears a utility belt instead of a purse and vows to save the world instead of being a damsel in distress. On October 8, DC Comics and Mattel, multinational toy company… Continue reading Barbie’s New Campaign May Be Missing the Point

Journal of Political Inquiry

What the sponsors of the Global Citizen Conference forgot to mention

Published October 5, 2016 on the Journal of Political Inquiry | By Clare Church 60,000 fans waved their smartphones in the air as Beyoncé joined Eddie Vedder to close the Global Citizen Conference last weekend in New York with Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” What the socially-conscious fans probably didn’t know is that to supply the minerals… Continue reading What the sponsors of the Global Citizen Conference forgot to mention