How do disparate communities live together and thrive? Richard Sennett focused on the relation of social life to physical design. His lecture explored what shape cities should have to address the complexitites and conflicts of people who live together.
The Spring 2014 issue of The Hedgehog Review is now available. View the table of contents and explore the articles. Order a print or digital subscription.
One hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, Europe is again in crisis. The old cultural questions of Europe and Europeanness have emerged with renewed urgency: If Europe as a union is to survive, what forms of solidarity and identity might hold it together?
Listen to public radio station WUWM 89.7′s interview with Thriving Cities Project pilot city Milwaukee project coordinator David Flowers and focus group coordinator Katherine Wilson as the begin a focus group series on the different facets of Milwaukee over the next six weeks, including:
- Arts and Architecture
- Law, Legal, Demographics, Police, Community Participation, Community Development, Neighborhood Participation
- Education, Community-based programs
- Economics, Employments, Homelessness, City Budget
- Religious organizations, Ethical Institutions, Private/Public Partnerships, Philanthropy
- Environmental Programs, Health Data, Farmer’s Markets, Brown Fields
If you are interested in participating in the the Milwaukee focus groups, visit the Zeidler Center website.
The Thriving Cities Project offers important insights about how to evaluate success, and is currently at work in four cities. Through the framework of “human ecology” key stakeholders—including foundations, city officials, city planners, religious leaders, politicians, educators, business people, academics, non-profits, and residents—will be better able to ask and answer the questions: What does is mean and take to thrive in today’s cities? Learn more about the Thriving Cities Project. Read the project’s blog, Common Place.
How do disparate communities live together and thrive? Richard Sennett will focus on the relation of social life to physical design. His lecture will explore what shape cities should have to address the complexitites and conflicts of people who live together.
Sennett will speak Thursday, February 27 at 3:30 pm in Minor Hall 125, with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public. Please join us.
Matthew Crawford, mechanic, philosopher, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture explores the subject of attention in his forthcoming book. If you are facile in French, read these new interviews with Crawford:
- An exchange of thoughts with philosopher Pascal Chabot, author of Global Burn-out (2013), in the November issue of Philosophie Magazine.
- An interview with Phillippe Gruca in the print edition of the Fall 2013 L’Ecologiste.
- A dialogue between Crawford and French philosopher Cynthia Fleurry arranged by Madame Figaro.
- An interview with Jean-Baptiste Jacquin of Le Monde on July 27, 2013.
The Hedgehog Review Executive Editor Jay Tolson has translated excerpts of the interviews and explores Crawford’s ideas in a recent THR Blog post titled, “Is the Distracted Life Worth Living?“. Look for more by Crawford on the topic of attention in the Summer 2014 issue of The Hedgehog Review.
Based on interviews with 100 parents, Dill and his team found that “thinking for yourself” is the quality most desired by parents for their children. However, probing deeper, they found that “thinking for yourself” means, in some ways, “think like me”. Dill suggests that “We want independent kids, but we want them to be like us.”
Explore the Interview Report findings and learn more about the Culture of American Families project, a three-year investigation into the family cultues that are impacting the next generation of American adults.
Institute Faculty and Managing Director Joshua J. Yates‘ new essay, “Why Does Thrift Matter: Is It a Practicality or a Virtue?” appears on Big Questions Online. Yates writes on the idea of thrift, the roles it has played in history, and whether it should be considered a virtue of necessity or a necessary virtue. Yates writes:
An adequate response to runaway debt, growing social inequality, severe market turbulence, mounting environmental risk, and extreme political polarization will require the full range of thrift’s cultural powers beyond individual frugality. Tapping into these powers begins by reacquainting ourselves with the animating source of those powers found in the connection between thrift and thriving.
Big Questions Online explores big questions of human purpose and fosters thoughtful discussion of those topics. Join in the author-led discussion online. Learn more about this topic in Thrift and Thriving in America, edited by Joshua Yates and James Davison Hunter.
A Spoke in the the Wheel: The Political in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, presents a selection of the plenary lectures and papers from the XI International Bonhoeffer Congress. Held in Sigtuna, Sweden from June 27 to July 1, 2012, the congress included the work of 140 international participants, and 30 articles are included in the book.
Articles by Institute Doctoral Fellow Matthew Puffer and Associate Fellow Kristopher Norris are included in the volume. Puffer writes on “The ‘Borderline Case’ in Bonhoeffer’s Political Theology”. Norris explores “The Incarnational Church: Bonhoeffer’s Political Ecclesiology of Transformation in Discipleship and Sanctorum Communio“.
Mathewes will speak on the different approaches to religious ethics among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in a talk entitled, “The Future of Political Theology in a Pluralistic World.”
Begun in 1960, the Finch Lecture Series is an effort to “foster dialogue and to deepen understanding regarding issues of importance to communities of faith.” Learn more here.