“The Vanishing Center of American Democracy” Survey Report

The Vanishing Center of American Democracy, a new report exposing profound shifts in America’s political culture, releases at noon October 12. Watch the survey release panel featuring James Davison Hunter, Carl Bowman, Thomas Edsall, and Nancy Isenberg LIVE on C-SPAN 2 at 12:20 p.m. EST. Read the report here.

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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Meritocracy and its Discontents

Increasingly, Americans have grown wary and distrustful of their leaders, whom they perceive as arrogant, selfish, and disconnected from the concerns of real people and the best interests of the nation. What does this loss of confidence in our elites have to do with the system that selects and shapes them? Why has meritocracy itself come to be seen as a big part of the problem? And what can be done to fix a broken system? This issue also includes a symposium with a never-before-published essay by Richard Rorty and responses from three distinguished philosophers: Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, and Robert B. Pippin.

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IASC Events

Upcoming Events

The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy

28 October 2016

Robert Woodberry | Seminar

Topic TBD

9 November 2016

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The Crooked Arrow of History: The Origins, Triumph, and Crisis of Liberal Internationalism

16 November 2016

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2 December 2016

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Joshua Tom

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Joshua Tom

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Joshua Tom earned his PhD in Sociology from Baylor University in 2015, completing a dissertation examining the intersections of religion with interracial marriage. His primary research interests revolve around culture and religion, race and ethnicity, and marriage and family, as well as the ways these institutions have changed over time. He is also currently working on the National Survey portion of the Institute’s Moral Foundations of Education Project. His work has appeared in Social Science Research. Joshua was raised in Seattle and received his undergraduate...

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