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, Virtue, and Roger Federer

An introduction to this week’s Culture Briefing, which includes reflections on vocation, virtue, the nature of professions, and Roger Federer.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 6

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Stanford's Most Popular Class...

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.

By Ainsley O’Connell | Vol. 6

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What is College For?

Video | In a conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Brooks and Deresiewicz raise questions about the nature of higher education in our time.

By William Deresiewicz and David Brooks | Vol. 5

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Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

A former Yale educator and Columbia alumnus challenges the underlying logic of the self-perpetuating Ivy League “meritocracy.”

By William Deresiewicz | Vol. 5

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The Organization Kid

In a seminal 2001 essay, David Brooks diagnoses the meritocratic turn in higher education, a trend which has only accelerated in the fifteen years since.

By David Brooks | Vol. 5

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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

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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

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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


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About Culture Briefing

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

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 1

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