In a recent article in The Telegraph, senior fellow Matthew Crawford explores misunderstandings of technical skills training and explains why we can think more highly about industrial education. His article, “Is the university bubble going to burst?” provides insight for those considering future directions other than enrolling in college. As keynote speaker, Crawford made the case for both the satisfactions and the challenges of manual work at the 2014 Edge Annual Lecture on October 14.
Institute Visiting Fellow and Professor of history at Western Washington University Johann Neem considers the future direction of the humanities on Inside Higher Ed. His article entitled “Ministers, not M.B.A.s” evaluates the plan of Georgetown University’s English department to newly structure its English Ph.D. program; there will be a more practical component than traditionally incorporated, which will prepare its graduates for non-university careers. Neem praises this controversial action plan not because it centers on preparing people for jobs. Rather, he explains that this innovative approach treats aficionados of the humanities more like ministers than professionally credentialed businesspeople for a narrow field. Graduate programs in the humanities should be, Neem argues, about preparing students “with the skills necessary to carry out their ministry in the different places to which they might be called.”
John Inazu, visiting faculty fellow, was quoted in a September 21, 2014 article of The Atlantic by Karen Swallow Prior, “What’s Lost in Not Recognizing Campus Religious Groups.” The article examines California State University’s recent decision to refuse official recognition to campus chapters of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University in St. Louis, studies the First Ammendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion.
In a new article in Standpoint Magazine, Postdoctoral Wolterstorff Fellow James Mumford writes that “Religious liberty is for losers.” His article, “Never Take Religious Liberty for Granted,” provides a historical perspective on the ways in which communities learn about liberty through the experience of suffering its loss. Mumford uses the experience of the Catholic Church, articulating how “an institution adamantly opposed to religious liberty in 1800 bec[a]me one of its leading advocates by 2000.” Read the full article online.
On The Huffington Post Politics blog, associate fellow Will Walldorf contributed an analysis of US relations with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In his post entitled “Why the Fight Against ISIS Won’t Be ‘Another Iraq’,” Walldorf reflects on the American people’s response to military force overseas throughout past decades and then considers the US reluctance to fight ISIS militants today. Walldorf is Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University.
How effective is the economic statistic, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in evaluating national wellbeing in today’s global age? If not GDP, what other measuring yardstick(s) should guide policymaking and national development? On Public Books, associate fellow Stephen Macekura considers these pressing questions in his essay “Our Mis-leading Indicators.” Turning the discussion of these questions in a new direction, Macekura considers three recently published books contributing to the conversation: GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History by economist Diane Coyle, Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World by financial adviser (with a PhD in history) Zachary Karabell, and Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number by political scientist Lorenzo Fioramonti.
Alumni Fellow Daniel Philpott is editor of a new blog on global justice, Arc of the Universe. Based at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, contributors to the blog include scholars and experts across disciplines, including Institute Faculty John M. Owen.
ABOUT THE BLOG
Beliefs about justice typically lurk just beneath headlines from around the world, whether they deal with separatist movements in Ukraine, Kurdistan, or Sri Lanka; Islamic rebellions in Syrian and Iraq; U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan; war in Israel and Palestine; global development policy; women’s rights; the drug wars in Latin America; the one-child policy in China; or religious freedom. Usually, these beliefs go unexamined. The same is often true even in the academy. In American political science, for instance, justice is sharply separated from the scientific study of politics. Arc of the Universe is devoted to resurfacing justice – examining the day’s headlines from the deep commitments of ethical traditions. Arc of the Universe is also distinctive in bringing religion into the picture. Some posts will appeal to religion while others will be rendered in secular terms. Arc of the Universe is a place where secular and religious meet in conversation about global justice.
Visiting Faculty Fellow John Inazu discusses in an article released on the Online Library of Law and Liberty the recent legal controversy concerning the 23 Californian college campuses denying recognition to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters as official university student groups. Inazu is associate professor of law and political science at the Washington University in St. Louis and researches the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion. His article, “The Perverse Effects of the ‘All Comers’ Requirement,” examines the consequences and rationale of the anti-discrimination policies. Read the full article here.
Johann Neem is visiting the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture for the 2014-2015 academic year from Western Washington University, where he serves as professor of history. This week, Neem was featured on PBS Newshour, during which students and higher education faculty and staff discussed online college degree programs. Neem offered a look at competency-based education and the purpose of college education at large. Read the PBS Newshour in full, here.
Visiting fellow John D. Inazu not only serves as associate professor of law at the Washington University in St. Louis, but his office is seven miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a policeman. Many competing narratives surround Brown’s death, and this tragedy tied to race and class has challenged those living and working in the suburbs of St. Louis—such as John Inazu—to reflect on the significance of the event. Inazu’s opinion on this multi-layered issue was released nationally this morning in the CNN op-ed section. He asks, “Are we Ferguson?” Read his reflection here.
Also, Inazu wrote another op-ed last week for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, entitled “Let’s talk about race.” He considers productive ways members of St. Louis can respond in the wake of the local tragedy.