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.

iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch


David Pierce unveils the counterintuitive logic behind the Apple Watch: a technological innovation designed to reduce the disruptive effect of technological innovations.


What is College For?

The Aspen Institute

Video | In a conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Brooks and Deresiewicz raise questions about the nature of higher education in our time.


Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

New Republic

A former Yale educator and Columbia alumnus challenges the underlying logic of the self-perpetuating Ivy League “meritocracy.”


Wither Adulthood?

The Hedgehog Review

Sociologist James Davison Hunter historicizes the concept of “adulthood,” and unveils our lack of agreement on its institutional location in our current moral order.


The Organization Kid

The Atlantic

In a seminal 2001 essay, David Brooks diagnoses the meritocratic turn in higher education, a trend which has only accelerated in the fifteen years since.


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