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Sarajevo: Perspectives from a Carnegie New Leader | 08/18/14
Conor Moran, a member of the Carnegie Council Centennial delegation, shares some complex thoughts on the city of Sarajevo and the nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 100 years after World War I and 20 years after the Yugoslav Wars. How can this part of the world move on from its troubled history?
Religion in War and Reconciliation | 07/29/14
"There is a long way to go before religious communities become more of a resource for reducing rather than a source for increasing antagonism. But to move in that direction clearly requires greater understanding at the local level."
Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings | 06/01/14
Frederic M. Wehrey
It's tempting to see today's Middle East conflicts as the continuation of centuries-old sectarian divisions, but Frederick Wehrey cautions against it. "Sectarianism is really a local institutional governance phenomenon that needs to be addressed through political reform in the Gulf, through ending discrimination, through greater participation in governance."
Moral Imagination | 05/14/14
David Bromwich draws upon thinkers such as Burke, Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that it is moral imagination which allows us to judge the right and wrong of actions apart from ourselves, to see the needs of strangers as clearly as the needs of friends. Thus it is essential to governing and to the well-being of the state.
Conviction, Conflict, Community: A Conversation with George Rupp | 04/07/14
George Rupp, James Traub
The United States' problem is the presumption of individualism, which is deeply resented and resisted in most of the world, except in some parts of Western Europe. Until we get over that, we are not going to be able to engage with international issues, because we are unaware of how deeply unacceptable our default position is to all those other communities.
No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State | 03/31/14
Elisabeth Sifton, Fritz Stern
Sifton and Stern tell the story of two of the most courageous opponents of the Nazi regime, pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and lawyer Hans von Dohnányi. From the earliest days of Nazism, both men perceived the threats, documented them, and plotted to overthrow Hitler. And they paid with their lives.
God, Faith, and Reason | 03/27/14
This course examines the meaning and limitations of some of the central concepts and beliefs in the philosophical and public discourse on the question of God's existence.
The Constitution Project: Task Force Report on Detainee Treatment | 11/27/13
David Gushee, David R. Irvine
In many instances, U.S. forces used interrogation techniques which constitute torture; the nation's most senior officials bear ultimate responsibility; and there is no evidence that torture produced significant information of value. These are the unanimous conclusions of the task force on detainee treatment, as discussed here by two of its members.
Thought Leader: Chan Heng Chee | 11/19/13
Chan Heng Chee, Devin T. Stewart, Anna Kiefer
"Globally, have we reached a point where we accept that genocide is not acceptable? I think we have. But what to do about it is something different. I'm not sure that, while we know what we have to do, the wherewithal is there, the resources are there, the will is there to deal with some of the larger egregious behavior in the world."
Passionate Conviction and Inclusive Community | 11/19/13
"Convictions matter. At least our own convictions—the affirmations, commitments, and practices that are central to our personal and social identity—matter to us. Yet because we live in an era of unprecedented global interaction, the convictions of people everywhere also matter to all of us whether we know it or not."
Thought Leader: Rowan Williams | 07/30/13
Rowan Williams, Devin T. Stewart
"The heart of a global ethic for our time, or a convergent point of global ethical systems, is that twofold sense of recognizing one another's dignity and sharing our resources in justice. That is one of the areas where the religious traditions of the world have a very significant role to play, since they all in their different ways have a strong sense of how human dignity is to be understood and a strong commitment to justice."
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America | 06/17/13
Since the late 1970s, says George Packer, we've been living in a new era. The structures that supported ordinary Americans' ambitions, from government to business to schools, have stopped working on their behalf. Instead, people felt they were on their own. Some have thrived greatly and others have been left behind, with a rising sense of panic.
When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God | 05/20/13
T. M. Luhrmann
What does it mean to have frequent conversations with God, as so many evangelicals say they do? Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann spent over 10 years as an active member of evangelical churches in different parts of the U.S., and uses her personal experiences, interviews, and scientific training to report on the evangelical faith.
Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century | 05/16/13
In this in-depth, erudite talk, George Weigel discusses the historic shift taking place in the Catholic church; the character of the new mode of Catholicism that is coming into being; his personal impressions of the new pope; and the flourishing church in Africa.
Three Salient Cultural Disagreements | 05/14/13
"Huffington Post" featured China scholar Andrew Nathan's piece, "Three Salient Cultural Disagreements." This series is co-produced by Carnegie Council as part of our Centennial Thought Leaders Forum.
Global Ethics Corner: Should Childhood Vaccinations Be Mandatory? | 05/06/13
Childhood vaccination programs have been met with skepticism and hostility in the U.S. Some oppose them on religious grounds, while others worry about preservatives. Do governments have a right to make sure children are immunized against contagious diseases?
The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences | 05/01/13
"A divided past is only part of the human story. It may be the one that makes the headlines, but, arguably, it's not the only one and it's probably not the most important one either," says David Cannadine. "Human relations are extremely messy. They are not primarily Manichean at all, but they are about blending, borrowing, interacting, and interconnecting."
WSJ Ideas Calendar Features Sir David Cannadine's Talk | 04/19/13
Sir David Cannadine's Carnegie Council talk, "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences," was featured in the "Wall Street Journal" Ideas Calendar.
Years Later, Secular Student Group Recognized On A Religious Campus: Here's How It Happened | 04/11/13
Chris Stedman, Andreas Rekdal
In order to be truly inclusive, interfaith dialogue and collaboration must also include those without faith.
Book Review: "The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond Our Differences" | 04/11/13
"The Undivided Past" aims to show that "the most resonant forms of human solidarity," as author David Cannadine elegantly puts it, are unstable and often ultimately incoherent. In other words, many foundational concepts cannot withstand logical or historical scrutiny.