Crawford on the value of work

ShopToday, October 23, Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford  delivers the Flanagin Lecture at the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas. UCA is hosting a week of events engaging the topic: “Is Work Working? Meaning, Making and Mobility in 21st Century America.” Reflecting on his book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Crawford will offer perspective on the American dream’s viability in the midst of an increasingly difficult job market.

James Hunter and Ashley Berner Co-Author New Chapter

9780199359486_140A chapter co-written by Executive Director James Davison Hunter and Ashley Berner appears in the newly-released Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism. Edited by Adam B. Seligman and published by Oxford University Press, the book offers a comparative study of religious education across several systems, including Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, and secular. Berner and Hunter’s chapter explores “Educating Citizens in America: The Paradoxes of Difference and Democracy.”

Learn more about the work of the Institute’s School Cultures and Student Formation Project, a national study of character and citizenship education in ten different school sectors.


McClay on Inside Higher Ed

McClay_BB.D. McClay, Associate Editor at The Hedgehog Review, is featured in the Inside Higher Ed article “The Reluctant Pragmatist” for her presentation at a conference hosted by the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College. Among other scholars and writers, McClay addressed a historical question of great contemporary concern: “What is Liberal Education For?” Reflecting on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, she argued that broad education has an important place in this “specialized age.” 

Crawford advocates for “learning through doing”

Crawford_MIn a recent article in The Telegraph, senior fellow Matthew Crawford explores misunderstandings of technical skills training and explains why we can think more highly about industrial education. His article, “Is the university bubble going to burst?” provides insight for  those considering future directions other than enrolling in college. As keynote speaker, Crawford made the case for both the satisfactions and the challenges of manual work at the 2014 Edge Annual Lecture on October 14.

Neem reevaluates the future of Humanities

Neem_JInstitute Visiting Fellow and Professor of history at Western Washington University Johann Neem considers the future direction of the humanities on Inside Higher Ed. His article entitled “Ministers, not M.B.A.s” evaluates the plan of Georgetown University’s English department to newly structure its English Ph.D. program; there will be a more practical component than traditionally incorporated, which will prepare its graduates for non-university careers. Neem praises this controversial action plan not because it centers on preparing people for jobs. Rather, he explains that this innovative approach treats aficionados of the humanities more like ministers than professionally credentialed businesspeople for a narrow field. Graduate programs in the humanities should be, Neem argues, about preparing students “with the skills necessary to carry out their ministry in the different places to which they might be called.” 



Inazu Quoted in The Atlantic

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John Inazu, visiting faculty fellow, was quoted in a September 21, 2014 article of The Atlantic by Karen Swallow Prior, “What’s Lost in Not Recognizing Campus Religious Groups.” The article examines California State University’s recent decision to refuse official recognition to campus chapters of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University in St. Louis, studies the First Ammendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion.



Mumford writes on religious liberty

Mumford_JIn a new article in Standpoint Magazine, Postdoctoral Wolterstorff Fellow James Mumford writes that “Religious liberty is for losers.” His article, “Never Take Religious Liberty for Granted,” provides a historical perspective on the ways in which communities learn about liberty through the experience of suffering its loss. Mumford uses the experience of the Catholic Church, articulating how “an institution adamantly opposed to religious liberty in 1800 bec[a]me one of its leading advocates by 2000.” Read the full article online.

Associate Fellow Walldorf discusses the “Iraq Syndrome”


On The Huffington Post Politics blog, associate fellow Will Walldorf contributed an analysis of US relations with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In his post entitled “Why the Fight Against ISIS Won’t Be ‘Another Iraq’,” Walldorf reflects on the American people’s response to military force overseas throughout past decades and then considers the US reluctance to fight ISIS militants today. Walldorf is Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.

Fellow Stephen Macekura on Measuring Economic Progress

Macekura_SHow effective is the economic statistic, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in evaluating national wellbeing in today’s global age? If not GDP, what other measuring yardstick(s) should guide policymaking and national development? On Public Books, associate fellow Stephen Macekura considers these pressing questions in his essay “Our Mis-leading Indicators.” Turning the discussion of these questions in a new direction, Macekura considers three recently published books contributing to the conversation: GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History by economist Diane Coyle, Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World by financial adviser (with a PhD in history) Zachary Karabell, and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number by political scientist Lorenzo Fioramonti.

Alumni Fellow Daniel Philpott launches new blog on global justice

Philpott-DanielAlumni Fellow Daniel Philpott is editor of a new blog on global justice, Arc of the Universe. Based at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, contributors to the blog include scholars and experts across disciplines, including Institute Faculty John M. Owen.


Beliefs about justice typically lurk just beneath headlines from around the world, whether they deal with separatist movements in Ukraine, Kurdistan, or Sri Lanka; Islamic rebellions in Syrian and Iraq; U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan; war in Israel and Palestine; global development policy; women’s rights; the drug wars in Latin America; the one-child policy in China; or religious freedom. Usually, these beliefs go unexamined. The same is often true even in the academy. In American political science, for instance, justice is sharply separated from the scientific study of politics. Arc of the Universe is devoted to resurfacing justice – examining the day’s headlines from the deep commitments of ethical traditions.  Arc of the Universe is also distinctive in bringing religion into the picture. Some posts will appeal to religion while others will be rendered in secular terms.  Arc of the Universe is a place where secular and religious meet in conversation about global justice.