Human/Ties: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the NEH

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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Meritocracy and its Discontents

Increasingly, Americans have grown wary and distrustful of their leaders, whom they perceive as arrogant, selfish, and disconnected from the concerns of real people and the best interests of the nation. What does this loss of confidence in our elites have to do with the system that selects and shapes them? Why has meritocracy itself come to be seen as a big part of the problem? And what can be done to fix a broken system? This issue also includes a symposium with a never-before-published essay by Richard Rorty and responses from three distinguished philosophers: Susan Haack, Matthew B. Crawford, and Robert B. Pippin.

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IASC Events

Upcoming Events

“Survey of American Political Culture 2016”: Survey Release Event

12 October 2016

| Survey Release Event

The Fire This Time Book Release

25 October 2016

Garnette Cadogan & Emily Raboteau | Book Release

The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy

28 October 2016

Robert Woodberry | Seminar

Topic TBD

9 November 2016

| Fellows Reading Group

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Joshua Tom

Featured Fellow

Joshua Tom

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joshua Tom earned his PhD in Sociology from Baylor University in 2015, completing a dissertation examining the intersections of religion with interracial marriage. His primary research interests revolve around culture and religion, race and ethnicity, and marriage and family, as well as the ways these institutions have changed over time. He is also currently working on the National Survey portion of the Institute’s Moral Foundations of Education Project. His work has appeared in Social Science Research. Joshua was raised in Seattle and received his undergraduate...

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