Celebrating 50 years of the National Endowment for the Humanities

ht-cover-photoLast week, from September 14–17, the University of Virginia hosted Human/Ties, a four-day event cosponsored by the Institute celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Over fifty notable speakers convened in Charlottesville to participate in panels, workshops, and public lectures exploring role of the humanities in the public square.

Jay Tolson, editor of The Hedgehog Review, appeared on a panel titled, “Little Magazine, Big Influence” which explored the role that small magazines and journals play in American public and cultural life.

Institute Executive Director James Davison Hunter hosted, “A Humanities for Our Time” a panel exploring both the current and the future state of the humanities. Panelists included Institute Fellow Garnette Cadogan and Thomas Hibbs, Elizabeth Corey, and Richard Russell of Baylor University.

Additionally, the Institute’s Thriving Cities Project hosted “Thriving Cities,” a workshop exploring the ways that a humanities-inspired urbanism help us discover what it takes to thrive in our time. The panel featured Thriving Cities Director Josh Yates and former Institute fellow Brent Cebul. Yates also moderated a panel on “Urban Flourishing” featuring David Simon, Suketu Mehta, and Phoebe Stein.


“Survey of American Political Culture 2016” finds values chasm between Clinton, Trump supporters

The “Survey of American Political Culture 2016,” an in-depth survey just completed by the Gallup Organization for the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, reveals that support for this year’s Presidential candidates reflects much more than simply a choice between two personalities or sets of policies.

According to James Davison Hunter, the Institute’s Executive Director, “This election brings into relief that America is in some ways two nations within a nation. Each nation has its own values and visions of what the country represents. ‘Trump’ and ‘Clinton’ are highly symbolic, like flags around which each nation, or tribe, mobilizes.” Read the full press release here.

Conducted 20 years after publication of the Institute’s conversation-changing “State of Disunion” survey, the “Survey of American Political Culture 2016” limns the contours and depths of Americans’ dissatisfaction not only with the economy, electoral politics, and our political leaders but with the very underpinnings of our political culture.

The nationally representative survey took place between Aug. 8 and Aug. 31, with more than 1,900 Americans taking part.

The full results of the survey will be released on Oct. 12 at the Gallup headquarters in Washington, D.C. (details here). The release event will begin with a complimentary lunch followed by a presentation of the survey findings and a panel discussion featuring esteemed journalists and scholars.

For more information about the survey release event on Oct. 12, please email iascevents@virginia.edu.

For press inquiries, please contact Nikki Perrier (434) 243-4514; nperrier@virginia.edu.


Garnette Cadogan on C-SPAN

Garnette CadoganInstitute Visiting Fellow Garnette Cadogan appeared on a panel on race in America at the 2016 Mississippi Book Festival along with fellow contributors to the book, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. The panel was televised on C-SPAN 2 on August 20, 2016.

Watch the full video of the panel here.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture will welcome Garnette Cadogan and Emily Raboteau, fellow contributor to The Fire This Time, for a panel discussion and book release event on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Virginia.

Jeffrey Guhin on non-academic writing

Guhin_JIn light of his recent article on science in Slate, Research Fellow Jeffrey Guhin published a post over at Orgtheory about his experience of producing a non-academic piece. Guhin’s post refers to Senior Fellow Johann Neem’s article in The Chronicle of Higher Education on the importance of academic writing, titled “Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing.”

Jeffrey Guhin in Sociological Theory

Guhin_JResearch Fellow Jeffrey Guhin published an article in the American Sociological Association’s journal Sociological Theory on his research on creationism and evolution in conservative Protestant and Sunni Muslim schools.

A piece in Slate by Zack Kopplin titled, “Why Christian Creationists Hate Evolution but Muslim Creationists Don’t Care” prominently cited Guhin’s research.

Read Guhin’s Sociological Journal  “Why Worry about Evolution? Boundaries, Practices, and Moral Salience in Sunni and Evangelical High Schools” here.

Matthew Crawford reviews Sebastian Junger’s ‘Tribe’ in The New York Times

matthew crawfordSenior Fellow Matthew B. Crawford’s review of Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging was featured in The New York TimesCrawford notes that “the questions [Junger] is asking” about soldiers reintegrating into society after combat “are in fact perennial questions of political philosophy, and they have a history that could have enriched the book immeasurably.”

Crawford contributes to the Institute’s Program on Philosophical Anthropology, Subjectivity and Ethics and is the author of The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction.

Garnette Cadogan on “Walking While Black” in Literary Hub

Visiting Fellow Garnette Cadogan’s essay on the experience of walking while black in the United States was just published in Literary Huband has been garnering significant attention in the press. Entitled “Walking While Black,” the piece originally appeared in the inaugural issue of Freeman’s magazine in 2015 under the title, “Black and Blue.”

Read “Walking While Black” here.

Garnette Cadogan