Associate Fellow Neslihan Cevik will present two talks on her work at the Turin Islamic Economic Forum on October 19 & 20. In the first talk, Cevik will speak to an audience of businesspeople about what “Islamic fashion” means–and what it does not mean–as well as how companies should approach Islamic markets. Her second session, presented to an academic audience, will detail Cevik’s perspective on the personalization of aesthetics of the veil.
Visiting Fellow Garnette Cadogan gave a talk on walking and equality to a sold-out crowd of 500+ people at the launch of the new magazine Freeman’s at the Auditorium of the New School for Social Research in New York City on September 28. At the event, Cadogan discussed his essay “Black and Blue,” which was published in the inaugural issue of Freeman’s, alongside essays, stories, and poems by David Mitchell, Aleksandar Hemon, Lydia Davis, Dave Eggers, Haruki Murakami, Ann Carson, Louise Erdrich, and others.
On September 25, Faculty Fellow Chad Wellmon spoke about his book Anti-Education at a panel at New York University’s Deutsches Haus. The panel, titled “Nietzsche’s ‘Anti-Education': An Evening with Paul Reitter, Chad Wellmon, and Damion Searls,” included a discussion with co-editor Paul Reitter and the volume’s translator Damion Searls, and was moderated by Professor Mark Greif. Anti-Education is a translation of five vivid, popular lectures by Friedrich Nietzsche at the University of Basel in 1872. Composed in emulation (and to some degree as a satire) of a Platonic dialogue, Anti-Education presents a provocative and timely reckoning with what remains one of the great problems of modern societies: the state of education.
On Friday, September 11, the Institute’s intellectual community gathered at Watson Manor for the Fall Fellows Colloquium to mark the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year. Directors and fellows presented new and ongoing research projects and initiatives which will direct much of the Institute’s energies this year. Additionally, three incoming fellows— Garnette Cadogan, Joshua Tom, and Ned O’Gorman— gave presentations and scholars from the University of Virginia— Peter D. Norton, Bradford Wilcox, and Chad Wellmon— respectively responded. Following the afternoon colloquium, the Institute hosted a dinner to welcome new fellows into the Institute community. To learn more about the Fall Fellows Colloquium, visit the event page.
What does the recent Washington state supreme court decision–that charter schools are private schools ineligible for common school funds–signify about the relationship between public authority and education? Visiting Faculty Fellow Johann Neem addresses this question and situates it in a centuries-long conversation dating back to America’s early years in a short column titled “Why We Consider Public Schools Public and Charter Schools Private.” Neem’s article appears in HistPhil, a web publication centered on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
“Due North,” Visiting Fellow Garnette Cadogan‘s vibrant essay on walking and inequality, is receiving great acclaim. It is the lead essay in John’s Freeman’s collection on inequality in New York City, Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, published by Penguin Press on September 8. “Due North” was also included in the list of “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2014″ that follows the main essays chosen for the volume in The Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy. “Due North” originally appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review in Fall 2014.
The Washington Post article, “Cruising toward Oblivion,” quotes Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford, highlighting his view on the decline in car culture; “today, only half of millennials bother to get their driver’s licenses by age 18.” Learn more about a growing utilitarian attitude towards cars and why that matters, here.
Identity and Social Change, edited by Joseph E. Davis, Director of Research and Publisher of The Hedgehog Review, is available in paperback edition October 1. Originally published in hardcover format in 2000 by Transaction Publishers, the volume examines modern identity within a broader sociological context of destabilizing and reintegrating forces.
The Thriving Cities Project, an Institute research initiative exploring what it means and what it takes to thrive in today’s cities, has launched a new website. The site provides a comprehensive view of the project through videos, data, a research brief, and other features, including a new whiteboard animation that elucidates the project’s human ecology framework.
On September 4, the Institute welcomed John Durham Peters— A. Craig Baird Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and contributor on the Institute blog, Infernal Machine— to lecture on “God and Google.” Peters considered the meaning and history of efforts to build omniscient data-bases and what these efforts say about the human and the divine. Learn more about the lecture and watch a video recording of the talk here.