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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

Monkey Takes Selfie, Lawsuits Ensue

A monkey's selfie has done more than just raise awareness about an endangered species. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

Algorithms Rule

We are living in an age of algorithmic authority. Algorithms filter our music choices, track our purchasing decisions, find our airline tickets, and help us withdraw money from an ATM. They are ubiquitous. They are forming who we are and who we want to become. But we are only beginning to ask about our algorithmic selves. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Common Problems with Public Answers: Peter Levine's Call for Civic Renewal

In Peter Levine's new book, he offers guidance and insights for renewing the civic landscape around citizen deliberation and participation. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Fall Fellows Colloquium

5 September 2014

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Fall Fellows Dinner

5 September 2014

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Theodicy

19 September 2014

Jeff Olick (UVa, Sociology) | Seminar

Interpretation and Meaning

3 October 2014

Isaac Reed (University of Colorado at Boulder) | Seminar

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Jeff Guhin

Featured Fellow

Jeff Guhin

Postdoctoral Abd el-Kader Fellow

Jeff Guhin is the Abd El-Kader postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He earned his PhD in sociology from Yale, and his specialties include education, religion, theory, and culture. Guhin’s first book is titled Make the Children Come to Me: Moral Authority and the Problem of America in Christian and Muslim Schools, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Currently, Guhin is conducting fieldwork for his next book, an ethnographic comparison of morality and citizenship in three urban public school districts. This work is a part of the Institute’s School Cultures and Student Formation Project,...

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