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.

Going it Alone: The Dignity and Challenge of Solitude


This remarkable piece explores the ways that solitude and self-denial can enhance our lives with others.

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How Art Became Irrelevant

Commentary Magazine

Lewis argues that the arts “no longer shape in meaningful ways our image of ourselves or define our collective values.” 

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Templeton Prize Acceptance Speech

Templeton Foundation

Vanier’s speech shows how the aims and work of his L’Arche community counter the deep-seated meritocratic logic of our late modern culture. 

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