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Congratulations to our Outgoing Fellows

The Institute community gathered to celebrate eight outgoing fellows at the Spring Fellows Colloquium. Read about their future endeavors here.

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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Meritocracy and its Discontents

Increasingly, Americans have grown wary and distrustful of their leaders, whom they perceive as arrogant, selfish, and disconnected from the concerns of real people and the best interests of the nation. What does this loss of confidence in our elites have to do with the system that selects and shapes them? Why has meritocracy itself come to be seen as a big part of the problem? And what can be done to fix a broken system? This issue also includes a symposium with a never-before-published essay by Richard Rorty and responses from three distinguished philosophers: Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, and Robert B. Pippin.

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Introducing the Summer Issue: Meritocracy and Its Discontents

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The Infernal Machine

Apple’s Fight with the FBI: A Follow Up

The Apple-FBI dispute has been resolved, but in the worst possible way for Apple. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Confronting Climate Change, Rethinking the City

Reimagining our cities provides us an important opportunity to reconsider the various structures of urban life. | Read post >>>

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Johann Neem

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Johann Neem

Visiting Faculty Fellow

Johann Neem is Professor of History at Western Washington University. He received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia and his AB from Brown University. His book, Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (Harvard, 2008), examines, at a time when many Americans remain worried about “bowling alone,” why and how Americans learned to come together in the first place. Neem writes about democracy in the early American republic, and has also been a participant in the conversation about higher education in America....

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