Inside Higher Ed published an essay today, June 29, by visiting faculty fellow Johann Neem. He spotlights the invaluable difference that humanities scholarship made in the Supreme Court deliberation process and concluding decision over the constitutionality of gay marriage. With this apt example, Neem presents a reason to invest and support humanities education and research. Read the full article, here.
Andrew Lynn is interested in the meaning of work in contemporary life and is writing his dissertation particularly on the demand for and production of the sector he calls the “purpose industry.” Recently accepted into the Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory, Lynn will travel to Italy to engage in theoretical discussions about the conditions of postindustrial work in modern late-capitalist economy.
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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected IASC faculty fellow John Owen for their Humboldt Research Award, inviting him abroad to collaborate with German scholars for over a year. Through the summer of 2016, Owen will cooperate on a long-term research project on Non-state Actors with colleagues at the Center for Transnational Studies, Foreign and Security Policy and the Global Governance research unit of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, including Dr. Thomas Risse who nominated Owen for the award. Learn more about Owen’s upcoming work in Berlin, here.
The Atlantic quotes faculty fellow John Inazu in article tackling religious responses to Caitlyn Jenner self-identifying as a transgender woman. He discusses how transgender issues cannot be tidily contained in conversations about principled disagreements. They pose “conceptual challenges” that complicate public policies that shape everyday life. John Inazu is author of forthcoming book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which argues that we can and must live together peaceably in spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters.
Faculty Fellow John Owen wrote an article published on The Washington Post‘s blog Monkey Cage, which uses political science research to make sense of this circus called politics. Along these lines, Owen considers which democratic shape Islamic political movements could take in his article, “What history says about the prospects for Islamic democracy.” This article is part of a larger discussion facilitated by the Project on Middle East Political Science and the Transatlantic Academy. Read Owen’s article in full, here.
The Institute is thrilled to congratulate Institute fellows Philip Lorish, Megan Juelfs-Swanson, Greg Thompson, and Anna Kim, who earned their doctorates from the University of Virginia this academic year. Lorish’s dissertation considers the relationship between Christian ethics and the new eugenics; Juelf-Swanson’s focuses on parenting in American political culture; Thompson’s explores Martin Luther King Jr’s public theology of love; and Kim’s dissertation investigates aesthetics and ontologies of the icon. Congratulations Doctors!
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Washington Post quotes Inazu in an article considering the potential institutional, legal and financial impact of the impending decision about gay marriage. Ethical controversies, Inazu points out, like “whether religious student groups can be on public university campuses, whether religious colleges should be accredited, and whether local school systems should accept volunteer support from churches and ministries,” have opened up.
Hear more from John Inazu on “religious liberty and the American culture wars” by listening to the presentation he gave at the May 3-5 Conference on Religion, Politics & Public Life hosted by Ethics & Public Policy Center.
This academic year was wrapped by the IASC fellows spring colloquium. Three fellows Jeff Guhin, Anna Kim, and Bill Hasselberger presented insights and arguments gained from their personal scholarship in 2014-2015. Fellows Johann Neem, Asher Biemann, and Paul Nedelisky responded to the ideas put forth.
Jeff Guhin, who is the Abd El-Kader postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute, shared conclusions from his ethnographic research on moral education in different sectors of American public schools. Anna Kim considered the relationship between images and violence, especially reflecting on the terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo. Bill Hasselberger explored the puzzle of non-deliberative expertise. Visit the colloquium event page here.
On May 14-15, UCLA’s Center for Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI) hosted a conference focusing on contemporary commercial society and Adam Smith’s book The Theory of Moral Sentiments (TMS). Doctoral fellow Christina McRorie served on the panel “Ethics and Economics from Smith to Today,” presenting her paper “TMS, We Hardly Knew Ye: Some Notes on Living in Post-Smithian Disciplines.” At the Institute, McRorie also contributes to the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change.