Congratulations to our Outgoing Fellows

The Institute community gathered to celebrate eight outgoing fellows at the Spring Fellows Colloquium. Read about their future endeavors 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

Fall Fellows Colloquium & Dinner

9 September 2016

| Colloquium

Human/Ties 2016: The Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the National Endowment for The Humanities

14 September 2016

| Conference

Human/Ties and The Hedgehog Review present "Little Magazine, Big Influence"

15 September 2016

| Workshop

Human/Ties and IASC present "A Humanities for Our Time"

16 September 2016

| Workshop

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Joshua Tom

Featured Fellow

Joshua Tom

Postdoctoral Fellow

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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