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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

A Connoisseur of Vanishing Acts: An Interview With John Rosenthal

Literature brought me to photography, but not right away. I had to learn somewhere that what you see isn’t all there is, and I learned it by reading. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

John Searle and the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

It is at the point of this speculative possibility that Searle’s argument becomes both more interesting and more problematic, for it probes—somewhat indirectly, but powerfully nonetheless—the significance of the “artificial,” a category under which we can put both “art,” “artifice,” and certainly “technology.” | Read post >>>

Common Place

Cities, Water, and the Fabric of Sustainability

With the world's population rapidly moving to cities, sustainability issues such as energy, water, and food, will increasingly be urban concerns. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Public Lecture - "The Place of Prejudice"

31 October 2014

Adam Sandel (Harvard University) | Public Lecture

Institute Seminar Series - "'Practices' in Lab Science"

7 November 2014

Paul Scherz (Catholic University) | Seminar

Fellows Afternoon Tea

12 November 2014

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Institute Seminar Series - "A Confident Pluralism"

21 November 2014

John Inazu (Washington University) | Seminar

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James Mumford

Featured Fellow

James Mumford

Postdoctoral Wolterstorff Fellow

James Mumford is the Nicholas Wolterstorff postdoctoral research fellow. He earned his PhD from Oxford in ethics and religion, published in 2013 as Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique (Oxford University Press). His research interests include bioethics, political theology and modern Catholic social thought. Mumford was an undergraduate at Oxford and a Henry Fellow at Yale. From 2010-13 he worked for leading British political/social policy think-tank, The Centre for Social Justice. He writes on a range of ethical, political and social issues for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Demos Quarterly,...

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia committed to understanding contemporary cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the public good.

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