American Diplomacy reviews Owen’s new book

Owen's bookConfronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past by Faculty Fellow John Owen, was reviewed by Ambassador Anthony Quainton in American Democracy, a peer-reviewed academic journal in cooperation with UNC Chapel Hill. In particular, Ambassador Quainton examines Owen’s recommendations for and answers to addressing the challenge of political Islam. Read the full review, here.

To learn more about Owen’s book, listen to the discussion between Owen and Ahmed Al-Rahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies, on the Miller Center’s American Forum.  Video coverage and a transcription of this past event are now online.

Neem discusses ‘Academic Life Beyond the University’

Neem_JVisiting Faculty Fellow Johann Neem says that the liberal arts are not “in crisis” but rather the institutional structures that house the work of liberal arts. In his essay “Taking It to the Streets: Preparing for an Academy in Exile,” Neem sketches four potential ways academics could pursue liberal arts and “create new spaces for academic life” outside the established university system. Read in full his essay published in Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

John Inazu recognized as an American legal authority

iasc-nov212014-zachrobbinsphotography-22Visiting Institute Faculty Fellow John Inazu’s scholarship was recently consulted by the Supreme Court of Canada as the members discussed Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada. Inazu’s 2012 book, Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, was cited in the Court’s decision about the question of constitutional protection for collective bargaining. Learn more about Inazu’s role in the Canadian Supreme Court case on Washington University Law News.

Currently at the Institute, Inazu is working on his second book, tentatively titled Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference.

Upcoming Public Lecture featuring Justin Neuman

IASC_NeumanPoster2015_loThis Thursday, February 12, alumni fellow Justin Neuman returns to Charlottesville as assistant professor of English at Yale University to deliver an Institute public lecture. Neuman will be questioning the relationship between imaginative narrative forms and secularism as an ideological commitment. His talk is entitled “The Death of God and the Afterlife of Magical Realism: on Haruki Murakami and the Suspension of Belief.”

Come to U.Va. Bryan Hall room 229 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and hear Neuman examine how the fantasy writing of Japan’s most popular novelist, Haruki Murakami, may issue a new form of “hybrid spirituality.” A light reception will follow. Learn more about the public lecture here.

Alumni Fellow Hilde Restad Publishes New Book

HildeRestad1Alumni fellow Hilde Restad has published her first book based on the dissertation she wrote during her time at the Institute. Her new book American Exceptionalism: An idea that made a nation and remade the worldnow available for purchase, is part of the Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy. Hilde is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College in Oslo, Norway.

Thrift and Thriving informs new book on teaching kids about money

opposite of spoiledNew York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber has written a new book helping parents navigate financial questions and conversations with their kids. The new book out this month, The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, quotes Thrift and Thriving in America: Capitalism and Moral Order from the Puritans to the Present by Joshua Yates and James Davison Hunter.

Listen to a NPR WBEZ Afternoon Shift interview with Rob Lieber where he discusses Thrift and Thriving and the way it impacted his research (around minute 7:00).

Johann Neem on Inside Higher Ed

Neem_JWith his Inside Higher Ed article “Time and Money,” Visiting Faculty Fellow Johann Neem weighs in on the discussion about the credit hour’s role in assessing learning and accounting for degree requirements. While considering alternatives, he cautions, “Efforts to think beyond the credit hour cannot dismiss the central importance of time,” which the credit hour measures. Read the article in full and listen to Neem unpack more on this subject in a recent Inside Higher Ed audio newscast.

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!