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.

In Professions We Trust

Res Publica

A policy-oriented deep dive on the need to cultivate virtue in the professions of law, medicine, and teaching.


Stanford's Most Popular Class...

Fast Company

Universities like Stanford are increasingly aware of the fact that the accumulation of technical skill must come with some moral horizon, some sense of one’s vocation.


The Project on the Good Physician

The University of Chicago

This ongoing study—undertaken by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago—explores the relation of moral formation, virtue, and medical practice.


Roger Federer as Religious Experience

New York Times Magazine

In this nearly decade-old piece, David Foster Wallace offers an exquisite and earnest reflection on the glimpses of transcendence we see in sports.


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