Culture Briefing


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.

Rethinking Work

The New York Times

Schwartz diagnoses one problem with work in the late modern world: “when money is made the measure of all things, it becomes the measure of all things.”


College is Not a Commodity

The Washington Post

As another school year begins, the former president of Cornell and the University of Iowa challenges us to understand the true value of an education.


A Conversation with Rowan Williams


In a wide-ranging and stimulating interview, world-renowned theologian Rowan Williams speaks about poetry and meaning-making.

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