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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Indicator Explorer

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.

By Thriving Cities | Vol. 81

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Top 5 Books of 2016

An introduction to each of Philip Lorish’s “Top 5 Books of 2016.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 76

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A College Is a Community but Cannot Be a Home

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.


By Conor Friedersdorf | Vol. 65

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Why Democrats and Republicans Literally Speak Different Languages

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

By Derek Thompson | Vol. 58

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How technology disrupted the truth

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

By Katharine Viner | Vol. 58

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The Big Uneasy

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

By Nathan Heller | Vol. 49

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Meanwhile, Back on Most Campuses

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

By Eyal Press | Vol. 49

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David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game

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

By John Jeremiah Sullivan | Vol. 45

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College Admissions Shocker!

Bruni’s snarky satire points out that too often, the value of a college experience is tied directly to its exclusivity.

By Frank Bruni | Vol. 43

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#1 Party School

There is a form of education happening in places like State College on weekends like this; the question is, is it a form of maturation?


By This American Life | Vol. 43

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