First Things picked up a post from the Institute’s blog The Infernal Machine this week. Matthew Cantirino linked to Andrew Piper’s piece “The New Anti-Intellectualism,” part of Piper’s The Quant & The Connoisseur series for The Infernal Machine. Check out all of the Institute’s new blogs here.
Institute Senior Fellow Nicholas Wolterstorff has written the forward for Allan Boesak’s recently published Dare We Speak of Hope?: Searching for a Language of Life in Faith and Politics. Boesak spoke about politics and hope at the Institute last year. Find more information on his lecture here.
Institute Alumni Fellow and Culture of American Families Project researcher Jeffrey Dill has used data from that three-year study in a new piece on American parenting. Responding to Hanna Rosin’s cover article for The Atlantic on overprotected children, Dill argues that “[c]hildren’s worlds are both contracting and moving indoors.” The irony Dill finds is that “parents today both lament a world gone by and actively participate in the construction of a new world of constant monitoring and control.” Read Dill’s full piece, “The Irony of the Overprotected Child,” here.
Institute Associate Fellow Anna Kim presented the invited lecture “Real Space, Imagined Place: Reinventing Icon and Vision from Byzantium to Rome” at the 2014 Boardman Lecture & Symposium, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Religious Studies Department. Kim’s talk explored the material and religious turn in art history. Find details of the event here.
The Hedgehog Review‘s blog The Infernal Machine is currently featured on Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish. Sullivan says that Institute Faculty Chad Wellmon‘s piece “The New Heresy” deepens an ongoing debate about literary criticism by arguing “that our discomfort with the digital humanities stems from literature having taken on an almost religious quality.” Read Sullivan’s post here, and find Wellmon’s piece here.
Institute Postdoctoral Fellow James Mumford has a new piece on haircuts and acupuncture in The American Conservative. In “A Hair-Raising Experience” Mumford applies Philip Rieff’s concept of “the triumph of the therapeutic” to a recent experience in the barber chair. Enjoy his very funny piece here.
Institute Postdoctoral Fellow James Mumford has a new piece in the April 2014 issue of Standpoint magazine. In “The Turbulent Minister is Right” Mumford argues for the indispensability of universal credit, a feature of British anti-poverty programs that our own Paul Ryan suggested as a potential alternative to the way aid is currently extended to low income Americans (more details are in Ryan’s report “The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later“). Read Mumford’s full piece here.
Institute Research Scholar Tony Lin‘s letter to the editor appears in The American Scholar‘s Spring 2014 issue. Lin responds to Jim Hinch’s article “Where are the People?” and takes issue with Hinch’s assertion that Robert Shuller’s Crystal Cathedral was an evangelical church. “If anything, the fall of the Crystal Cathedral represents the decline of [the "positive thinking"] branch of mainline Protestantism.” Read the full piece here.
The Institute congratulates Associate Fellow Laura Alexander who was awarded first prize on the “War and Peace” panel in March at U.Va.’s Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. Alexander also presented the paper “Theology of Migration: Mapping the Terrain” at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting last month. Good work, Laura!
Institute Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford is the subject of a new article about the benefits of shop classes, or what are now called “maker spaces,” for students. The piece quotes from Crawford’s best-selling Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. You can read the full article here.