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Feb.14.2014
The Habits of Light:  Freedom and License in Liberal Society This is to let you know that at long last, I’ve completed the two final books in my seven-part meditation on freedom, whose working title is The Habits of Light.  These last two are still in the submission phase and will not be...
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Dec.23.2013
At 3 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2014, my wife Michaela and I will present a talk entitled "What Was the Renaissance?" at the Presidio Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 3150 Sacramento St, San Francisco. Our talk will be based on findings expressed in our book, Boccaccio’s Decameron and...
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Jun.18.2013
Please join me in congratulating two local literary figures who have just received major awards: Paola Gianturco, whose Grandmother Power:  A Global Phenomenon has won an International Book Award, and Jack Shoemaker, founder of Counterpoint, who has received a Rittenhouse award for lifetime...
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Dec.22.2012
I have opened up TOO MANY GUNS, a web page with news and opinion on gun control at https://sites.google.com/site/newsonguns/
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Jun.06.2012
Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance (Palgrave Macmillan), which became available at Amazon.com this week, is a new and comprehensive rereading of Boccaccio's masterpiece in the light of its Ciceronian heritage.  Our book owes its existence to almost 40 years of mutual study...
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May.11.2012
By Patricia Callahan and Sam RoeTribune reporters 3:34 p.m. CDT, May 10, 2012 Reacting with outrage to the Chicago Tribune’s investigation of the deceptive tactics that have fueled the rise of toxic flame retardants in Americans’ bodies, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on Thursday demanded answers...
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Mar.18.2012
Advance praise for Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance  by Michaela Paasche Grudin and Robert Grudin "Based on an intimate familiarity with Cicero's works, no less than with Boccaccio's own, Grudin and Grudin's thorough-going study of the Decameron's literary debt to...
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Mar.17.2012
Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn InsecticidesBy Alexandra Ludka | ABC News – Thu, Mar 15, 2012 Email 35 Print RELATED CONTENT Enlarge Photo Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides (ABC N …                  ...
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Feb.19.2012
Here's the brief description of my recently submitted ms. on Shakespeare.  Notice that I'm not shy in describing the selling points of myown work.  Agents like descriptions of this sort, because they save time and effort:   Shakespeare's Back Room:  Tricks and Transgressions of...
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Dec.31.2011
I have begun collecting a library of news about voting rights at https://sites.google.com/site/lospaccio/votingrights Because some of this news is quite important to everyone, and nobody seems to be offering the same service, I hope that you will spread the news.
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Dec.06.2011
  Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance is a pathbreaking study of Boccaccio’s masterpiece.  Based on a reading of Cicero’s late works, De legibus, De re publica and De officiis, Robert Grudin and Michaela Paasche Grudin show that Ciceronian social thought provided...
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Jul.20.2011
For an introduction to my Design and Truth, now out in paperback, follow the link: http://www.themontrealreview.com/index.php 
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Apr.20.2011
With my wife, Michaela Paasche Grudin, I have co-authored Boccaccio's Decameron and the Ciceronian Renaissance, which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.  Our book has something to say, not only about Boccaccio's masterpiece, but also about the origins of modern thought. I have revised my ...
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Dec.08.2009
Publisher of "Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers" by Nancy Keeney ForsterEncounters A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers,by Nancy Keeney Forster   WINDSHADOW PRESS  ISBN: 978-0-615-31889-9Trade paperback: $15.95 A carefree child of expatriate parents at...
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Nov.12.2009
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Catalogue copy and excerpts at http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300161403http://rgrudin.googlepages.com/home  
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