12/15/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A New Progressive Patriotism?

Like many of you, since Election Night I have found myself frequently moved by the new reality we live in, now that the astonishing words "President-elect Barack Obama" have become commonplace in our media. These are not the kinds of feelings aging academics are supposed to have. So, prompted by WNYC's terrific talk show host Brian Lehrer, who asked listeners if there was a "new progressive patriotism" in the wake of the election, I wrote a piece about these powerful and surprising feelings in the current Chronicle of Higher Education. Normally it takes a subscription to the Chronicle to see these articles, but I've gotten a special dispensation for the piece, which you can access by clicking here.