New Spirits of Capitalism working group publishes article on Morals and Markets

markets&morals copyThe Institute’s New Spirits of Capitalism working group has released an article in Soundings, an interdisciplinary journal published by Penn State University Press.

Titled, “The Relationship of Morals and Markets Today: A Review of Recent Scholarship on the Culture of Economic Life,” the article was produced by Stephen Macekura, Christina McRorie, Brent Cebul, Julia Ticona, Claire Maiers, Allison Elias, Jonathan O’Connor and Ethan Schrum.


Slavica Jakelic on power, the religious, and the secular

Jakelic_SIn an article featured on the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame‘s blog, Institute Affiliated Scholar Slavica Jakelic traces the theoretical thread running through her forthcoming book, The Practice of Religious and Secular Humanisms.

“The considerations and critiques of the dynamics of power remain vital for our understanding of the religious, the secular, and their mutual engagements.”

Read Jakelic’s piece here. 

Anna Marazuela Kim on why beauty matters

AMKim_IASC (2)Anna Marazuela Kim, research fellow at the Institute, shares why beauty is essential for the flourishing of cities in a piece featured by The Art Of Change, a Ford Foundation project exploring the intersection of art and justice.

In the article, Kim recounts meaningful encounters with beauty from her childhood, and further explains the research she is conducting on beauty in cities for the Institute’s Thriving Cities Project.

Chad Wellmon helps pilot new UVA College of Arts & Sciences curriculum

news_-_wellmon_0Institute Core Faculty member Chad Wellmon helped pilot a new curriculum for the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences. The curriculum, which embraces the liberal arts, was voted on and approved earlier this month and will be implemented over the course of the next few years.

“In voting to pilot this new general education curriculum, the College is recommitting itself to the liberal arts in the 21st century,” Wellmon said.


NEH announces speakers for 50th Anniversary celebration

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 5.12.20 PMThe National Endowment for the Humanities has announced the lineup of speakers for Human/Ties, the three-day 50th Anniversary event for NEH to be hosted at the University of Virginia September 14–17, and of which the Institute is a co-sponsor.

Notable speakers include Salman Rushdie, David Simon, and Alice Waters, among more than fifty others. Read the full press release here.


John Inazu’s Confident Pluralism garnering significant press coverage

confident pluralism coverInstitute Core Faculty member John Inazu’s book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Differencereleases May 20. Written at the Institute while Inazu was a visiting fellow, the book explores the ways that Americans can—and must—live together peaceably despite their deeply engrained differences.

Recently, Peter Wehner drew from Inazu’s work on Confident Pluralism in his recent article on Trump for Commentary Magazine. Earlier this month, Inazu spoke about confident pluralism at Q Denver. Watch the video here.

Preorder Confident Pluralism here.

Alumni Fellow Christopher Nichols named 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

nichols-speaking-cropAlumni Fellow Christopher McKnight Nichols was named a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation.

This prestigious award recognizes Nichols’ past work, particularly his book Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age, and will support his future research on isolationism, internationalism, democracy, and international order.
Read more about Nichols’ award and research here.
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Organizing Enlightenment now available for preorder in paperback

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 2.31.39 PMOrganizing Enlightenment, a book written by Core Faculty member Chad Wellmon, is now available for preorder in paperback format.

Wellmon’s book tells the story of how the university emerged in the early nineteenth century at a fraught moment of cultural anxiety about revolutionary technologies and their disruptive effects on established institutions of knowledge.

Preorder Organizing Enlightenment here. 

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Congratulations to Julia Ticona

Ticona_JCongratulations to Institute fellow Julia Ticona of the University of Virginia’s sociology department for successfully defending her dissertation, “Left to Our Own Devices: Navigating the Risks of Work & Love with Personal Technologies.”

Ticona interviewed 86 high and low income workers to examine the ways they used their personal technologies to cope with the new realities of work after the Great Recession.

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