Reimagining the Common Good


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.

The True

Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say

Jonathan Chait argues that the term "political correctness" has been "diluted" to the point of being a threat to liberalism (and thus many of its most ardent supporters).

By Jonathan Chait | Vol. 2

The True

In College and Hiding from Scary Ideas

In this New York Times op-ed, Judith Shulevitz challenges what she sees as an ethos of crippling over-sensitivity in higher education.

By Judith Shulevitz | Vol. 2

The True

I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

A university professor posits a connection between thin popular conceptions of social justice and recent shifts in student-teacher dynamics in higher education.

By Edward Schlosser | Vol. 2


The True

About Culture Briefing

An introduction to Culture Briefing by New City Commons staff member Philip Lorish.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 1

The Beautiful

The Soul of Things Goes

In a fascinating interview with Win Bassett, poet Christian Wiman discusses his most recent collection, Once in the West.

By Win Bassett | Vol. 1

The Sustainable

Wendell Berry, Burkean

Author, farmer, and environmental activist Wendell Berry muses on the relation of his fiction to a fully worked-out political theory and, possibly, a political theology.

By Gracy Olmstead | Vol. 1

The Sustainable

A Conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson speak with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture's Josh Yates about friendships, neighborliness, and sustainability.

By Joshua J. Yates | Vol. 1

The Just

The Hero Europe Needed

This reflection on the life of playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel leaves us wondering about how the "mystery of courage" waxes and wanes.

By Michael Ignatieff | Vol. 1

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