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Upcoming Events

Abdulaziz Sachedina

“Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights”

IASC and the Virginia Club of New York co-host a lecture and discussion led by Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | 6:30 p.m.

Where: Virginia Club of New York at The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, NYC

A keen observer of religious and political cultures in various parts of the Middle East, including Iran and Iraq, Dr. Sachedina will explore the possibilities that bridge Koranic sources and democratic institutions.

Contact Ashley Berner for more information.

Year-End Fellows Conference

When: Friday, April 24, 2009 | 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Where: Watson Manor, 3 University Circle, Charlottesville, VA

IASC fellows Matthew Mutter (“Modernism, Secularism, and the Problem of Magic”), Jeffrey Dill (“Pedagogy of the Cosmopolitan? The Forms and Practices of Educating Global Citizens”), Ryan McDermott (“Why Hyssop Does Not Purge or Clean: John Wyclif and the Crisis of Ethical Interpretation”), and Hilde Restadt (“American Exceptionalism and American Unilateralism: The Link between Identity and Foreign Policy”) will present their work and receive comments from UVa professors including Kevin Hart, Carol Anne Spreen, and Michael Smith.

If you would like to attend, please contact Jenny Gladding for more information.


Current Publications


Culture (Order here)

You’ve heard plenty about the financial crisis from the economic and political perspectives. What about the financial crisis as a cultural crisis? Read Joshua J. Yates’s essay, “A Bailout of a Different Sort,” to be reminded that we have cultural resources from which to draw in challenging financial times.

Did You Miss These Recent Events?

Charles Mathewes

Listen to Institute Faculty Fellow Charles Mathewes’s recent talk at the Virginia Club of New York: American Faith: Going Strong, Going Down, or Going to the Mall?

Hear Rob Riemen, President of the Nexus Institute in The Netherlands, speak on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Faith, Art, and Truth in the 21st Century.

Rob Riemen

IASC has proven an intellectually fertile place for me, beyond anything I could have anticipated.

—Matthew Crawford

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Culture Notes

This section contains essays from a variety of online sources that we think you might find interesting.

How the Crash Will Reshape America

Richard Florida

The Atlantic—March 2009

Florida speculates about the extent, and the unevenness, of the damage.

A Baby, Please. Blond, Freckles—Hold the Colic

Gautam Naik

The Wall Street Journal—February 12, 2009

Selecting gender, eye color, and ability? How close are we to these decisions, and what are the consequences?

I Dream of Denver

David Brooks

The New York Times—February 16, 2009

Despite some reports to the contrary, Brooks believes cities will never be Americans’ favorite habitat.

Two Billion More Bourgeois

The Economist—February 12, 2009

One-half of the developing world’s population has moved into the middle class.  What happens to them now?