Sir Martin Gilbert, an author of many books, has written an argument for one of the silent participants in the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum. He recounts the story of the Jewish experience under Muslim rulers over the past 14 centuries, an ambitious task that necessitates wide reading among numerous specialties.
Music historian Craig Monson had the rare privilege of doing research in the Vatican Archive reading room. That collection isn't indexed, and the archivists apparently are not eager to help with anything besides fetching books from the library, so researchers usually have to pore over lots of material before finding what they're after.
Last August, Darryl Jackson Jr., a 24-year-old African American, was arrested in Valparaiso, Indiana, for resisting arrest and failure to identify himself. Jackson was approached by a white police officer while parked by a curb waiting for a friend. Criminal charges were dropped, but the mayor objected to the police action, and activists at Valparaiso University came to Jackson’s defense. Through mediation by citizens, the mayor, the sheriff, and Jackson had collaborative discussion, resulting in a joint statement of apology and reconciliation (WBEZ, November 10).