In the present circumstances, it's impossible not to use a “Letter from the Editor” to editorialize. Some weeks, months even, will pass from the moment of this writing to the publication of this Fall issue, but there's nothing about the past three months that would indicate that things won't be much, much worse three months from now. Here in July 2020, in too many countries the COVID-19 infection rate is rising, in spite of several months now of hard-won understanding of how to slow the infection rate. In some regions, the rate of death from the virus continues to follow the infection rate's climb upward. On the day of this writing, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, implicated world leaders whose approach to the virus has been uneven in undermining the trust that is surely necessary to stem the spread of infection. Also on this day,...

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