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!
Read more about the participants in the Institute’s fellows program here.
John Inazu, visiting fellow and contributor to the Institute’s Pluralism Project, continues to be a noted voice in discussions about the first amendment and religious liberty.
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.
Institute associate fellow Kris Norris co-authored the book Kingdom Politics with Sam Spears, Ventures Intern at New City Commons. Their book is a study of the role of political language and activity in the American churches. Learn more on the Kingdom Politics blog.
Alumni fellow Kevin Schultz now teaches twentieth-century American history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has authored a forthcoming book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties. In his new book to be released June 1, Schultz unpacks the story of the 1960s through telling about the bizarre friendship between the two intellectuals, Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr. Order a copy here.
Institute visiting faculty fellow John Inazu is quoted in The Economist article “The New Culture War,” which discusses what might be ahead if the Supreme Court recognizes gay marriage as a constitutional right. Inazu points to one imminent ramification, the “Bob Jones Question”: will a non-profit institution that opposes same-sex marriage lose its tax-exempt status? As an Institute visiting faculty fellow, Inazu is completing his forthcoming book Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (2016), which looks at living and working together with deeply held differences.
Associate Fellow Hilde Restad spoke at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway as a part of their spring 2015 lecture series “Liberal Internationalism.” Restad’s lecture “American exceptionalism and the Presidencies of Barack Obama and George W. Bush” considers how the idea of American exceptionalism shapes the way the U.S. relates to the rest of the world. Restad is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College and recently authored American Exceptionalism: An Idea that Made a Nation and Remade the World.
“Knowledge is not just an inert object to be efficiently distributed. It is rather an activity that one engages in — and into which one is cultivated,” says Institute faculty fellow Chad Wellmon in his interview with Inside Higher Ed. Read more of the discussion about Wellmon’s new book Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University, which considers changing media environments in the past and present and unfolding debates about knowledge and education.
An article drawn from John Owen’s book, Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past, is in the new issue (May / June) of Foreign Affairs. His article, “From Calvin to the Caliphate” briefly reflects on Europe’s wars of religion and what they can tell us about the modern Middle East. John Owen is a faculty fellow at the Institute and an editor of the Institute book series Democracy and Its Discontents.