Anna Marazuela Kim lectures on art, religious violence, Charlie Hebdo

Kim_AAssociate fellow Anna Marazuela Kim will speak on the relationship between images and violence March 31 at Williamette University. Her lecture is entitled “The New (Old) Image Wars: Rethinking Image and Violence after Paris.” Learn more about this event hosted by the Stonenburgh Lectureship Fund of the Department of Art History at Willamette University.

Kim recently completed her PhD at the University of Virginia and will be in residence during 2015-16 as a Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she continues to develop her research on the art of the Italian Renaissance and is helping to launch an interdisciplinary MA course at the Courtauld Institute of Art.



Johann Neem quoted in The Boston Globe

Neem_JVisiting Fellow Johann Neem is featured as a main voice in The Boston Globe article “Bringing a charter-school approach to college,” which explores the debate on alternative post-secondary education programs. “Neem argues that this approach [competency-based education supported by public funds] could actually increase inequality between those who can afford to attend four-year colleges…and those for whom low cost is, by economic necessity, their primary criterion for choosing a school.” Read more about this higher education policy discussion here.

As a visiting fellow at the Institute, Neem has been working on a book about the origins and purposes of American public education.

Upcoming Public Lecture with Peter Pomerantsev

IASC Pomerantsev Lecture PC 2015_Page_1There are many possible futures in the 21st century—possibly none more potent and strange than what’s brewing in contemporary Russia. Vladimir Putin’s society of the spectacle, in which the idea of objective truth has been obliterated, may be the first truly postmodern society. Peter Pomerantsev will explore this oddity: “the politics of culture in Putin’s Russia.”

Journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev, author of the recent Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, will speak Wednesday, April 1 at 4:00 pm in Garrett Hall at U.Va. Book signing and a reception will follow. The event is open to the public. Please join us!

Learn more about the upcoming event here.

Crawford tells “How to Survive Brain-Eating Distractions” on NYTimes

MCrawford_129On March 25, the New York Times featured a story about the life, work, and ideas of Matthew Crawford, a senior fellow at the Institute. The article specifically spotlights Crawford’s new book The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction, released next week. The article’s author notes that rather than delivering another antitechnology lament, “Mr. Crawford skips quickly past smartphones and other devices to what he sees as the deeper problem: the Enlightenment notion of the autonomous self.” Read the article in full here.

The New York Times is not the only one taking notice of Crawford and his  new book. Chicago Tribune reviewed The World Beyond Your Head. Phi Delta Kappan magazine featured his article, “Learn a Trade.” Comment magazine headlined an interview with Crawford “on skilled practice and perceiving the world” in their spring 2015 issue, “The Work of our Hands.”

Culture of American Families Project featured in NY Times

american_familiesA New York Times editorial,  “A Case for Free Range Parenting”, cites findings from the Culture of American Families Project: while many parents remember their own childhood and its freedom, few grant similar freedom to their own children. This difference captured by CAF research is the focus of the op-ed. Learn more about the Culture of American Families and explore its findings.

Released in 2012, the Culture of American Families Project is a three-year investigation into the family cultures that are impacting the next generation of American adults. Designed and conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, this project adapts the tools of contemporary social science to an investigation that is broadly interpretive and contextual. Our goal is to distinguish the cultural frameworks and diverse moral narratives that both inform and are informed by American family life. Specifically, this involves telling the complex story of parents’ habits, dispositions, hopes, fears, assumptions, and expectations for their children.

Jeff Dill on “The Parent Trap”

american_familiesA new article appearing in Society features the research of the Culture of American Families, a three-year investigation into the family cultures that are impacting the next generation of American adults. Director of Interviews Jeff Dill uses evidence from an interview study of 101 parents of school-aged children in the United States in “The Parent Trap: The Challenges of Socializing for Autonomy and Independence.”

The article examines the idea of “thinking for yourself”. In the United States, parents overwhelming rank “thinking for yourself” as a top priority for their children, but the Culture of American Families research suggests that the meanings parents affix to “thinking for yourself are complex and varied. The article explores these meanings, and their implications for parenting.

Alumni Fellow Dan Turello on Consumption

Turello_DAlumni fellow Dan Turello is a featured blogger on HuffPost Climate Change. His post argues that we are having so much trouble modifying our consumption patterns because they represent deeply ingrained cultural norms going back at least as far as the Renaissance. Read his piece on HuffPost Climate Change.

Dan also writes regularly for the Library of Congress blog “Insights: Scholarly Work at the John W. Kluge Center.” His recent interview with philosopher John Searle covers mind, consciousness, and artificial intelligence.

“The Cost of Paying Attention”

crawford's bookInstitute senior fellow Matthew Crawford is rousing attention for the questions and conversations he is engaging.

A March 8 New York Times op-ed, “The Cost of Paying Attention” features Matthew Crawford’s new book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Released on March 31, pre-order the book here.

For those local to Charlottesville, hear Matthew present on his new book at the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 18 at 6pm at U.Va.’s Harrison Institute. More details found here.


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.