Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past by Faculty Fellow John Owen, was reviewed by Ambassador Anthony Quainton in American Democracy, a peer-reviewed academic journal in cooperation with UNC Chapel Hill. In particular, Ambassador Quainton examines Owen’s recommendations for and answers to addressing the challenge of political Islam. Read the full review, here.
To learn more about Owen’s book, listen to the discussion between Owen and Ahmed Al-Rahim, assistant professor of Islamic studies, on the Miller Center’s American Forum. Video coverage and a transcription of this past event are now online.
Visiting Faculty Fellow Johann Neem says that the liberal arts are not “in crisis” but rather the institutional structures that house the work of liberal arts. In his essay “Taking It to the Streets: Preparing for an Academy in Exile,” Neem sketches four potential ways academics could pursue liberal arts and “create new spaces for academic life” outside the established university system. Read in full his essay published in Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Visiting Institute Faculty Fellow John Inazu’s scholarship was recently consulted by the Supreme Court of Canada as the members discussed Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada. Inazu’s 2012 book, Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, was cited in the Court’s decision about the question of constitutional protection for collective bargaining. Learn more about Inazu’s role in the Canadian Supreme Court case on Washington University Law News.
Currently at the Institute, Inazu is working on his second book, tentatively titled Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference.
This Thursday, February 12, alumni fellow Justin Neuman returns to Charlottesville as assistant professor of English at Yale University to deliver an Institute public lecture. Neuman will be questioning the relationship between imaginative narrative forms and secularism as an ideological commitment. His talk is entitled “The Death of God and the Afterlife of Magical Realism: on Haruki Murakami and the Suspension of Belief.”
Come to U.Va. Bryan Hall room 229 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and hear Neuman examine how the fantasy writing of Japan’s most popular novelist, Haruki Murakami, may issue a new form of “hybrid spirituality.” A light reception will follow. Learn more about the public lecture here.
Alumni fellow Hilde Restad has published her first book based on the dissertation she wrote during her time at the Institute. Her new book American Exceptionalism: An idea that made a nation and remade the world, now available for purchase, is part of the Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy. Hilde is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College in Oslo, Norway.
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders, what are the possible responses to both Islam and Islamisim in Europe beyond maximizing security precautions? Alumni fellow Neslihan Cevik continues to advance conversation about European policy responses in her Daily Sabah op-ed piece “Post-Charlie Hebdo: Will Europe need less Islam?“.
Read Cevik’s other op-eds on the Daily Sabah.
With his Inside Higher Ed article “Time and Money,” Visiting Faculty Fellow Johann Neem weighs in on the discussion about the credit hour’s role in assessing learning and accounting for degree requirements. While considering alternatives, he cautions, “Efforts to think beyond the credit hour cannot dismiss the central importance of time,” which the credit hour measures. Read the article in full and listen to Neem unpack more on this subject in a recent Inside Higher Ed audio newscast.
In 2013, Institute Senior Fellow and Advisory Board member Nicholas Wolterstorff delivered the Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. By late May 2015, his three lectures are to be transcribed and published in the book The God We Worship. Pre-order a copy here.
The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction written by Institute Senior Fellow Matthew Crawford received a starred review by Publishers Weekly. “In a manner similar to Malcolm Gladwell,” Crawford’s new book addresses the daily challenge to “truly pay attention in our noisy, busy world.” You can purchase this rewarding read, “rich in excellent research, argument, and prose,” here.
On Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m., Crawford will present The World Beyond Your Head at the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book. Mark your calendars for this event!