A week from tomorrow I travel to New York for the first meeting of the seminar Todd Gitlin and I will be teaching at Columbia [Todd is in Chile for a week giving lectures.] After the class, I shall be meeting Charles Mills for dinner. Charles, I have just learned, is now a Distinguished Professor at the City University Graduate Center in Manhattan. Many years ago, I became acquainted with his work when I served as an external evaluator for his tenure. Charles’ first book, The Racial Contract, is, in my judgment, one of the very best works of political theory of the last half century. I consider it more important than, but of course not held in such high esteem as, A Theory of Justice. Todd and I will be assigning it in our course.