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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

Monkey Takes Selfie, Lawsuits Ensue

A monkey's selfie has done more than just raise awareness about an endangered species. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

Algorithms Rule

We are living in an age of algorithmic authority. Algorithms filter our music choices, track our purchasing decisions, find our airline tickets, and help us withdraw money from an ATM. They are ubiquitous. They are forming who we are and who we want to become. But we are only beginning to ask about our algorithmic selves. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Architecture and the Built Environment: Talking With William Sherman—Part 2

Interview with Professor William Sherman on the importance of architecture in urban life. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Fall Fellows Colloquium

5 September 2014

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Fall Fellows Dinner

5 September 2014

| Fellows Dinner

Theodicy

19 September 2014

Jeff Olick (UVa, Sociology) | Seminar

Interpretation and Meaning

3 October 2014

Isaac Reed (University of Colorado at Boulder) | Seminar

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Julia Ticona

Featured Fellow

Julia Ticona

Doctoral Fellow

Julia Ticona is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology department of the University of Virginia. Her research interests are at the intersection of technology, culture, and emotions. Ticona holds a BA in Sociology from Wellesley College, and an MA in sociology from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation explores the social organization of our emotional experiences using personal technologies with a particular focus on narratives of dependency, control, and intimacy. In addition to participating in the Project on the Human Person and the Cultures of Capitalism reading group at the Institute, Ticona has also enjoyed her time deciphering narratives...

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