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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

The Right of Assembly Violently Wrested

The right of peaceable assembly has been at the heart of the struggle of African American equality throughout our nation’s history. When honored, it has yielded important protections. When breached, it has facilitated widespread and systematic oppression. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

Quit Lit: Do the Humanities Need the University?

We have a difficult time imagining the future of the humanities beyond the anxieties of professors and the failures of university administrators. And when we invoke the humanities, we are actually speaking about a beleaguered and exhausted profession. There are only professors and their disciplines here. And they both are trapped, as Nietzsche would say, in a "castrated" passive tense: "The humanities are compelled . . .." There are no agents in this drama, just put upon, passive professors. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Is Portland for Slackers? An Interview With Tom Krattenmaker

An interview with Portland-based writer, Tom Krattenmaker concerning the health and future of Portland, OR. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Institute Seminar Series - "Theodicy"

19 September 2014

Jeff Olick (UVa, Sociology) | Seminar

Fellows Afternoon Tea

24 September 2014

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Institute Seminar Series - "Interpretation and Meaning"

3 October 2014

Isaac Reed (University of Colorado at Boulder) | Seminar

Fellows Cocktail Hour

10 October 2014

| Cocktail Hour

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William Hasselberger

Featured Fellow

William Hasselberger

Postdoctoral Fellow

William Hasselberger received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2012. His work focuses on the nature of human agency, autonomy, ethical virtue, and moral psychology. The questions he addresses include: how should we understand distinctively human and rational action; what is the role of practical skill or know-how in action; what are the connections between practical skills, perception, and ethically virtuous action; what is individual autonomy, or 'self-governing' agency, and what are its limits; how do agents achieve inter-subjective understanding of each others' actions; and in what ways are shared social practices important...

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia committed to understanding contemporary cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the public good.

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