James Mumford lecture at Boston College

Mumford_JPostdoctoral Wolterstorff fellow James Mumford traveled to Boston College February 5 to present a lecture to the Department of Philosophy entitled “The Radical Dependency of the Begotten.”

Read more about James Mumford’s research interests and recent work here.

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Stephen Macekura on climate change and national security

Macekura_SShould climate change be considered a matter of national security? Yes, according to Institute associate fellow Stephen Macekura. In an article featured by “First Year 2017,” an initiative of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, Macekura argues that it is imperative for the next president to confront climate change on both a national and international scale.

“The next president should develop and present a strategy that connects climate change to core national interests, lay out a plan for how to mitigate its worst effects, and offer a roadmap for how to continue international cooperation over the issue.”

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Anna Marazuela Kim on refugees and the arts

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Associate fellow Anna Marazuela Kim was quoted in an article in Vice about refugees’ engagement with the arts.

“Beauty, arts, and human expression—far from being just the cream at the top of society when all basic needs are fulfilled, such as medication and health and so forth, are fundamental to human thriving.”

Kim is the lead researcher for the Endowment of the Beautiful—the realm of aesthetics, design, and the arts—within the Institute’s Thriving Cities Project. Her research will take her to Lesvos, Greece to explore the role the arts can play in facilitating social justice.

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Thriving Cities to host Suketu Mehta February 11

What does it mean to be a human being in our modern day cities?

Suketu Mehta, NYU Associate Professor of Journalism and award-winning author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, will explore this question in his February 11 lecture titled “The Secret Life of Cities.”

Mehta’s extensive knowledge of cities and the people who live within them will strike a chord with anyone interested in urban life. The lecture and Q&A session will focus on the interwoven themes of migration, alienation, and community building on a global-urban scale.

The lecture will be held Thursday, February 11 from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Nau Hall 101 at the University of Virginia. This event is sponsored by the Thriving Cities Project, an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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Interview with Joseph E. Davis on forthcoming book To Fix or to Heal

Davis_JDo doctors fix patients? Or do they heal them? Joseph E. Davis, Director of Research at the Institute and Publisher of The Hedgehog Review, explores these questions in an interview with Social Trends Institute about his forthcoming book, To Fix or to Heal?: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine (New York University Press, 2016). Davis co-edited the book alongside Ana Marta González.

To Fix or to Heal releases February 26. Purchase the book here.

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Julia Ticona quoted in Slate

Ticona_JJulia Ticona, doctoral fellow at the Institute, was recently quoted in an article by Christine Rosen in Slate titled, “Should We Outsource Emotional Labor to Robots?” Ticona considers how technology is changing the way that humans care for one another.

“Thinking about devices that are designed to save humans emotional labor in the future is a really interesting place to look at the politics of care in the present—who gives it, who gets it, and how much we value it both emotionally and in dollars and cents.”

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Ned O’Gorman on Reagan’s Challenger address

ned ogorman30 years after the Challenger explosion, Institute visiting faculty fellow Ned O’Gorman examines how Reagan’s “Touch the Face of God” speech shaped the future of space travel in an article in The Huffington Post.

“Reagan did not save NASA in the wake of the Challenger disaster. Far from it, he made the case for accepting the intrusion of high-risk venture capital into the upper atmosphere and beyond.”

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James Davison Hunter quoted in The New Yorker

Hunter_JJames Davison Hunter, executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, was featured in an article in The New Yorker entitled “Ted Cruz, the Empty Evangelical” by Benjamin Wallace Wells.

The article considers how “culture wars”—a term coined by Hunter in his acclaimed 1991 book of the same name—are resurfacing in today’s political campaigns. Wells quotes Hunter as he endeavors to make sense of “the long arc of the Christian conservative movement in America” in light of today’s political climate.

Learn more about Hunter’s book Culture Wars here.

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James Mumford in The Spectator

Mumford_JIn an article in The Spectator, post-doctoral Wolterstorff fellow James Mumford comments on recent outcry concerning last week’s convening of Anglican archbishops to discuss human sexuality.

Mumford argues that “a truly liberal society would tolerate the Anglican church’s views on sexuality,” an attitude he does not see present in public discourse on the topic.

Read the full article here.

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David Decosimo receives Award for Theological Promise

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Alumni Fellow David Decosimo, Assistant Professor at Boston University in the Graduate Division of Religious Studies and the School of Theology, was awarded the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise for his book, Ethics as a Work of Charity: Thomas Aquinas and Pagan Virtue (Stanford University Press, 2014). The international award is given to ten scholars from around the world for the best first book or dissertation that touches on “God and Spirituality (broadly understood).” As part of the prize, the University of Heidelberg will host Decosimo for a week-long conference in May where he will present material from his next book to a distinguished group of international scholars.

Read more about Decosimo’s award here.

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