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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Soul of Things Goes

Oxford American

In a fascinating interview with Win Bassett, poet Christian Wiman discusses his most recent collection, Once in the West.

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Wendell Berry, Burkean

The American Conservative

Author, farmer, and environmental activist Wendell Berry muses on the relation of his fiction to a fully worked-out political theory and, possibly, a political theology.

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A Conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

The Hedgehog Review

Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson speak with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture's Josh Yates about friendships, neighborliness, and sustainability.

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The Hero Europe Needed

The Atlantic

This reflection on the life of playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel leaves us wondering about how the "mystery of courage" waxes and wanes.

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