Matthew Crawford starred review on Publishers Weekly

crawford's bookThe World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction written by Institute Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford received a starred review by Publishers Weekly. “In a manner similar to Malcolm Gladwell,” Crawford’s new book addresses the daily challenge to “truly pay attention in our noisy, busy world.” You can purchase this rewarding read, “rich in excellent research, argument, and prose,” here.

On Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m., Crawford will present The World Beyond Your Head at the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book. Mark your calendars for this event!

Inazu speaks on Ferguson panel

inazujInstitute Visiting Faculty Fellow John Inazu will speak on a panel along with students, Charlottesville community members, and U.Va. administrators, to address “race and mutuality in the wake of Ferguson.” The panel will consider two questions: What is our responsibility toward one another in the wake of Ferguson events? How might that look practically in the context of Charlottesville and at U.Va. The discussion takes place Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian, 400 Rubgy Road. Learn more about the event.


Washington Post cites James Davison Hunter

Hunter_JInstitute Executive Director James Davison Hunter is recognized as a seminal thinker in the decade-long and ongoing conversation about culture wars. E.J. Dionne, Jr. cites Hunter in his Washington Post op-ed piece, outlining arguments from Hunter’s 1991 book Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define AmericaRead the full article, “Culture wars, old and new”, published January 25.

Dionne visited Watson Manor in 2012 to speak about his book Our Divided Political Heart. Learn more and listen to his talk.

The New Atlantis Reviews Mumford’s book

mumfordethics Ethics at the Beginning of Life: a phenomenological critique, a book by Institute Postdoctoral Wolterstorff Fellow James Mumford, is “a work of serious philosophical argument, well worth our taking seriously,” says Gilbert Meilaender in a review in The New Atlantis‘s Summer/Fall 2014 issues. Abortion may be a debate at a near impasse, but Mumford explores its central issues “in ways that are unusually perceptive and helpful.” Find Meilaender’s full review here and learn more about Ethics at the Beginning of Life: a phenomenological critique.

Owen spotlighted on The Heritage Foundation

johnowen_highresThis week in Washington, D.C., Institute Faculty Fellow John Owen spoke about his new book Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past. Owen was hosted by The Heritage Foundation, a public policy research center grounded on conservative principles. Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for South Asia, Lisa Curtis says Owen’s book “will help advance our understanding about the most defining ideological debate of our time—the role of political Islam in the transitions we see happening throughout the Muslim world.” The program is now posted in the Heritage archives here.

John Owen on the Miller Center’s American Forum

Owen_JFaculty Fellow John Owen will be presenting his new book Confronting Political Islam on the Miller Center’s American Forum, as part of a special Spring 2015 series “The Aftermath of the Endless War.”  Come join the discussion to be held Wednesday, February 4 from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Miller Center.  A televised broadcast of the book presentation and Q & A will be aired on PBS February 22. Learn more about this public event here.

Read a recent review of Owen’s book in the Financial Times (registration required).

Upcoming IASC Public Lecture Featuring Eva Illouz

EvaThis Thursday, January 22, guest speaker Eva Illouz from Hebrew University will be exploring in her public lecture the question: “Why is Intimacy replete with uncertainties?” Illouz argues that intimacy has supplanted “love” as the cultural ideal regulating sexual relationships. But it is not an emotion.

Come hear Illouz examine the complexity of intimacy from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in U.Va. South Lawn’s Nau Hall room 101. A light reception will follow. Learn more about this co-sponsored public lecture here.

Eva Illouz’s lecture is part of a series, The Intimacy Lectures, occurring monthly from January to December 2015 at U.Va. Learn more about the series here.

New Book by Murray Milner

elitesThis month, Elites: A General Model by Institute Senior Fellow Murray Milner will be available in stores and online.

Praised as “deserving wide attention,” Milner’s book offers a typology of elite and non-elites and demonstrates his model with an uncommon comparison between the societies of ancient India, Classical Athens, and the U.S.

The George Washington University’s Amitai Etzioni calls the book “a powerful set of social science tools for those keen to understand the many pressing issues we face today.” You can learn more and purchase the book here.

Apply now for 2015-2016 Fellowships at the Institute

theinstitute-spring2014event-zachrobbinsphotography-24A central component of the work of the Institute is the intellectual and financial support of graduate and postgraduate scholars whose interests and research focus on understanding the unique characteristics of our times.

Fellowship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are currently being accepted. Learn more about the Institute’s Visiting, Postdoctoral, and Doctoral Fellowships and how to apply.