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.

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Vocation & the Common Good: Isaac Wardell

This conversation with Isaac Wardell, much like his work with the Porter's Gate Worship Project, centers on a genuine missionary encounter between church communities and their contemporary contexts.

By New City Commons | Vol. 102

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On Monument Wars, Revisited

In light of recent events in our hometown of Charlottesville, we return to a previous volume—“On Monument Wars”—with comments and...

By Philip Lorish & Sam Speers | Vol. 96

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White Nationalists Wield Torches at Confederate Statue Rally

Tensions are high over a decision to remove statues of Confederate generals in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.

By Jonah Engel Bromwich | Vol. 96

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On Monument Wars (Vol. 80)

Two pieces on the so-called “monument wars”—ongoing debates about efforts to remove or dramatically re-contextualize particular public memorials.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 96

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Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans

Fausset reports on the New Orleans monument wars, recording voices from different sides of the debate.

By Richard Fausset | Vol. 96

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The Monument Wars

Debates about public monuments offer “a chance to arrive at new conclusions, nominate new heroes, rethink the past, and reorient ourselves to the future.”


By Rebecca Solnit | Vol. 80

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Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race

Stevenson’s Memorial to Peace and Justice project is an attempt to counter the narrative that racism, terror, and white supremacy are ideologies of the past.

By Bryan Stevenson & Corey G. Johnson | Vol. 80

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Good Bones

Smith’s beautiful poem on the joy and pain of life has resonated widely since last week’s tragic shooting in Orlando.

By Maggie Smith | Vol. 52

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Marilynne Robinson: The Art of Fiction

This 2008 interview highlights the deep self-understanding of one of America’s greatest living writers.

By Sarah Fay | Vol. 35

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How Art Became Irrelevant

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

By Michael J. Lewis | Vol. 30

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