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.

Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me

The New York Times

A professor and historian of American religion wrestles with the irony and tragedy of her cancer diagnosis.

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How Long Have I Got Left?

The New York Times

A neurosurgeon with lung cancer reflects on his experience “traversing the line from doctor to patient.” 

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Before I Go

Stanford Medicine

In a beautifully personal piece published just before his death, Kalanithi compares the rhythms of life with cancer to his experience in the operating room.

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