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 Postdoctoral Wolterstorff fellow James Mumford suggests in his article “Distribution isn’t Outdated” that Chesterton’s economic proposal might provide exactly the fresh vision we need to tackle poverty today.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.
THINKING ABOUT THE POOR
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 www.HedgehogReview.com. Annual print subscriptions are available for $25, and annual digital subscriptions for $10.
Associate 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.
Last 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.”
The 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.
We associate prejudice most often with ignorance and bigotry and consider it a source of injustice. So how can prejudice have a legitimate place in moral and political judgment?
Tomorrow, Friday, October 31, Adam Sandel will focus on the misconceptions of prejudice and how prejudice, properly understood, is crucial for clear thinking. His lecture will offer an inside look at his newly released book The Place of Prejudice: A Case for Reasoning within the World. Both a Q and A session and light reception will follow.
Please join us in U.Va. South Lawn’s Gibson Hall room 211 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for the event.
Three Institute scholars will be featured panelists at an upcoming conference, GABFest Religion and the University hosted by the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures. The conference will be a series of roundtable discussions. Faculty Fellow and U.Va. Professor of Religious Studies Charles Mathewes will help frame the discussion about religion as a field of study in the academy. Chad Wellmon, faculty fellow and author of forthcoming book Rise of the Research University, will speak on the panel addressing a more broad issue: the historical treatment of religion in the formation of public universities. Lastly, Doctoral Fellow Philip Lorish will help lead the discussion regarding religious expression of faculty and students attending and working at a public university.
The roundtable discussions of GABFest Religion and the University take place throughout Friday October 31, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at OpenGrounds.
Today, October 23, Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford delivers the Flanagin Lecture at the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas. UCA is hosting a week of events engaging the topic: “Is Work Working? Meaning, Making and Mobility in 21st Century America.” Reflecting on his book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Crawford will offer perspective on the American dream’s viability in the midst of an increasingly difficult job market.
A chapter co-written by Executive Director James Davison Hunter and Ashley Berner appears in the newly-released Religious Education and the Challenge of Pluralism. Edited by Adam B. Seligman and published by Oxford University Press, the book offers a comparative study of religious education across several systems, including Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, and secular. Berner and Hunter’s chapter explores “Educating Citizens in America: The Paradoxes of Difference and Democracy.”
Learn more about the work of the Institute’s School Cultures and Student Formation Project, a national study of character and citizenship education in ten different school sectors.
B.D. McClay, Associate Editor at The Hedgehog Review, is featured in the Inside Higher Ed article “The Reluctant Pragmatist” for her presentation at a conference hosted by the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College. Among other scholars and writers, McClay addressed a historical question of great contemporary concern: “What is Liberal Education For?” Reflecting on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, she argued that broad education has an important place in this “specialized age.”