Visiting Faculty Fellow John Inazu and the Public Forum

garner_ferguson_protests“Occupy protesters in New York City parks, antiabortion counselors on Colorado sidewalks, and political protesters in the North Carolina capital have all been silenced by government officials overreaching their authority. The public forum in practice is quite unrecognizable from its ideal, and that departure should give us great pause.”

On December 12, Visiting Faculty Fellow John Inazu discussed recent protests and the right to assemble on Yale Press Log, the official blog of Yale University Press. His post entitled “Protests, Assembly, and the Public Forum” can be read in full here.

New Book by John Owen Published This Week

Owen's bookHow should the Western world today respond to the challenges of political Islam?

Institute Faculty  John Owen takes an original approach to answer this question in his new book Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West. Owen compares Islamism’s struggle with secularism to other prolonged ideological clashes in Western history. With reason and balance, he draws six major lessons to demonstrate that much of what we think about political Islam is wrong.

You can purchase Confronting Political Islam from Princeton University Press.



Crawford speaks at the Building Meaning Project

21On November 19, Faculty Matthew Crawford was the featured guest speaker at Cardus latest lecture series. The event was a part of the Building Meaning Project, which asks how can we restore meaning and prestige to the trades. Crawford spoke about his New York Times bestseller Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. Hear the talk and see photos from the event here and here.

Joseph E. Davis lectures on college student behavior

Davis_JThis fall, Institute Faculty Joseph E. Davis has presented two lectures on his work, which centers on questions of self and morality, psychiatric classification and medicalization, narrative and bioethics. In October he presented reflections on student suicide at the University of Pennsylvania in his talk, “Unaccountable Suffering: College Students and the Demands of Meritocratic Selfhood.” Focusing on another behavioral trend in college life, Davis lectured at Williams College on “Drugs and Cognitive Enhancement Among College Students” in November.

Professor Davis is currently working on research projects dealing with suffering and narrative, medicalization and psychopharmacology, and enhancement technologies and the self. Read his commentary, “Post-Prozac Pathology” in the fall issue of The Hedgehog Review.

Fall Issue of THR and William McPherson on Being Poor

THR_2014_Fall_largePulitzer prize winner William McPherson’s essay, “Falling”, appearing in the fall 2014 issue of The Hedgehog Review, has recently received quite a bit of attention. In case you missed it, read the full article here. Also, be sure to explore The Hedgehog Review‘s fall issue table of contents.

Until December 31, 2014, gift subscriptions to The Hedgehog Review are available for $10.

James Mumford in The American Conservative


A century ago, G.K. Chesterton offered a critique of capitalism and proposed an economic alternative. Postdoctoral Wolterstorff fellow James Mumford   suggests in his article “Distributism Isn’t Outdated” that Chesterton’s economic proposal might provide exactly the fresh vision we need to tackle poverty today. The article is based on a talk Mumford gave at a conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

You can read Mumford’s full argument in The American Conservative. Also, the Fall 2014 issue of The Hedgehog Review is focused on “Thinking About the Poor.” Explore the issue.


Fall 2014 Issue of The Hedgehog Review Now Available


In a year that marks the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the War on Poverty, we consider a number of critical and sometimes delicate questions. What is life like inside the social safety net? Are the poor becoming increasingly invisible? Why have decades of research failed to give us an accurate picture of poverty and the poor?

Explore the issue’s articles and learn more about ordering  at Annual print subscriptions are available for $25, and annual digital subscriptions for $10.

ISIS Religious Illegitimacy

Cevik_NAssociate fellow and sociology of religion scholar Neslihan Cevik speaks out against ISIS treatment of Islamic faith on Istanbul’s nationwide publication Daily Sabah. Her piece, “Critical Spirit of Islam Against the Mass Insanity of ISIS” outlines ways ISIS has turned Islam into an ideology and totalizing political system. Cevik points out that ISIS’ view of the Islamic faith forsakes “iman” or the freedom of choice necessary in religious submission. Read the full op-ed here.


View Adam Sandel’s Public Lecture

headshotLast Friday, October 31, the Institute welcomed Harvard University’s Adam Sandel to lead a discussion on “The Place of Prejudice.”

Find photos and video from the lecture here.

Read “Prejudice and Place,” a post on the lecture on THR Blog by B.D. McClay, associate editor of The Hedgehog Review.

Is prejudice the same as zealotry and bigotry? Sandel argued such a conception of prejudice as something exclusively injurious assumes a strict line between subjective and objective thought—a conception popularized in the Enlightenment. “Escaping prejudice is impossible.” In fact, Sandel claims, “Escaping prejudice is not even desirable. The question we must ask in all cases of prejudice is not how can we get rid of all subjective judgments in order to see the objective world as it really is, but does our prejudice, at least to the extent that we are aware of it, illuminate or distort the matter we are to judge.”

Tolson on WTJU 91.1FM

Tolson_JThe Hedgehog Review editor Jay Tolson was a guest on Charlottesville’s WTJU 91.1FM to discuss the upcoming THR issue on poverty. When asked what inspired this theme, Tolson explained that, while it is the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s announced “War on Poverty,” 15 percentage of Americans still live below the poverty line today. Tolson echoes the words of historian Alice O’Connor, “Too often we think about the poor as a problem to fix, rather than the problem being a condition of poverty throughout society.” How we think about the poor is the focus of the Fall 2014 issue, which will be released in stores and online November 1.