Sightings Articles

The Beauty of Aging

health care | age | Coronavirus

Blessings, History, and Pandemic Vulnerabilities

What happens when a nation fails to reckon with its own human frailty...

October 15, 2020

health care | healthcare reform | US history

“The seeds of compassion and duty”: An Early Americanist Take on Healthcare

Imagining a future for American healthcare by revisiting our past...

March 5, 2020

epidemic | contagion | gun violence | Second Amendment | gun lobby | gun legislation

Epidemic as Metaphor: Meaning and Morality in Our Narratives of Gun Violence

Much could be written, has been written, and still needs to be written about gun violence, the Second Amendment, responsible gun ownership, the gun lobby, and politicians. But here—for a moment—I want to pause and consider two metaphors that are beco...

December 31, 2015

On Puritans and the Whooping Cough — Philippa Koch

A whooping cough epidemic has spread in my home state of Washington. Depending on where you turn, you can read about the shamefully high number of incidences caused by the anti-vaccine movement, or, alternatively, about doctors injecting innocent c...

September 17, 2012