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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.

A Leftist and a Conservative Join Forces to Defend Free Speech

The Atlantic

Two ideologically disparate Ivy League professors – Cornel West and Robert P. George – unite in defense of freedom of speech.

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You're Hired!

Democracy

Among proposals to stabilize America’s labor market, one alternative to the UBI is the “job guarantee” or “employer of last resort.”

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America Must Divorce Dignity From Work

New Republic

Responding to Spross’ job guarantee proposal, Jonathan Malesic argues that “America would be better off if we divorced dignity from work altogether.”

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The Great A.I. Awakening

The New York Times Magazine

A recent longform piece on the history and development of machine learning.

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How to Overcome Political Irrationality about Facts

The Atlantic

Khazan explains the phenomenon of “politically motivated reasoning,” which can cause us to abandon reasoning altogether.

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The Complex Relationship Between Data and Cities

CityLab

Well-known urbanist Richard Florida helpfully sorts the multiple uses of big data in cities, showing the new possibilities available to policymakers.

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Indicator Explorer

Thriving Cities

This newly launched web app is a powerful tool for visualizing which measurements of a community’s health are backed by the strongest academic research.

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A College Is a Community but Cannot Be a Home

The Atlantic

One of the central objectives of campus life is learning to live in close proximity with those who are different from you—even radically so.

 

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Why Democrats and Republicans Literally Speak Different Languages

The Atlantic

Starting in the 1990s, “rhetorical partisanship” exploded—and began to obscure what is most important in our political debates.

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How technology disrupted the truth

The Guardian

When news organizations’ revenue is driven by “clickbait,” journalistic business models need to adapt to maintain their integrity.

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The Big Uneasy

The New Yorker

Heller’s interviews with students at Oberlin College highlight the emergent moral and social norms on America’s elite college campuses.

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Meanwhile, Back on Most Campuses

The American Prospect

Press paints a very different picture of the core challenges facing American college students—especially at universities of lesser academic, cultural, and political status.

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David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game

The New Yorker

An excerpt from an upcoming book on David Foster Wallace, “the greatest tennis writer of his generation.”
 

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