The Hedgehog Review‘s Summer 2012 issue will contain a rare interview with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson. Berry, a farmer and poet, was recently asked to deliver the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture. His presentation, “It All Turns on Affection,” can be watched in full here.
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Maureen Dowd’s June 16, 2012 op-ed for The New York Times, “Moral Dystopia,” features Institute Executive Director James Davison Hunter. Dowd contemplates why, in light Jerry Sandusky’s trial, sometimes we fail to do the right thing. Hunter describes a changing moral landscape that has created a “nation of ethical free agents.”
Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation is now available through Oxford University Press. Author Daniel Philpott finished this project while he was a visiting fellow at the Institute in 2009. The nearly completed manuscript was read by our Love and Justice Working Group.
Jean Bethke Elshtain says of the book: “Daniel Philpott is quite simply the best at what he does, namely, bringing normative commitments and empirical sophistication to bear at the most vital issues of our day where religion and public life, both domestic and international, are concerned. Everything he writes deserves careful attention and he is at his best in Just and Unjust Peace.”
Faculty Fellow Chad Wellmon‘s essay, “Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart,” from The Hedgehog Review’s Spring 2012 issue, was featured by Samuel Arbesman in Wired. Read the post: “Information Overload Is Not a New Problem.”
Last year scholars came together to discuss the topic “Secularism in the Late Modern Age.” Among the papers presented was Alumni Fellow Kevin Schultz’s “Secularism is Good for Religion: The Case of Cold War America,” which can be heard here. This event highlights the Institute’s research interest in Religion and Late Modernity.
The full list of our alumni fellows can be seen here>>
To kick off our recent conference on Globalization and the Common Good, Michael Ignatieff delivered a public lecture on “Reimagining a Global Ethic.” The video recording of this event is available here.
Ignatieff was one of a group of experts who met for several days to discuss the limits and possibilities of the idea of the common good in the context of global change. This event was jointly coordinated with the Barcelona-based Social Trends Institute and Ignatieff’s lecture was also cosponsored by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
In 2000, The Hedgehog Review published an issue devoted to the topic, “What’s the University For?” This was one of our best selling issues. It is now sold out, but essays are available for free on our website, including “A Word to the New Humanities Professor” by University of Virginia Professor of English Mark Edmundson, who recently wrote for our Spring issue, “The Corporate Professor.”