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News Archives - Luce Scholars | 2011
  • 1998-1999 Luce Scholar Joshua Kurlantzick’s new book, The Ideal Man: The Tragedy of Jim Thompson and the American Way of War, was released in November. For a preview of the book, which explores a key Cold War episode that is still playing out today, read his piece in Foreign Policy, “The End of the Innocents: How America's longtime man in Southeast Asia, Jim Thompson, fought to stop the CIA's progression from a small spy ring to a large paramilitary agency -- and was never seen again.” A former foreign correspondent and journalist, Josh spent his Luce year working for the Bangkok Post in Thailand, and is currently a fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His book, Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World, was nominated for CFR's 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award.


  • 1996-97 Luce Scholar Frederick F. Wherry is the author of two books published this year, The Culture of Markets and The Philadelphia Barrio: The Arts, Branding and Neighborhood Transformation, and co-editor of a third, The Cultural Wealth of Nations. He is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan, and has investigated market phenomena in Philadelphia, Costa Rica, and Thailand (where he spent his Luce Scholar year). Another book, Global Markets and Local Crafts: Thailand and Costa Rica Compared, was published in 2008.


  • The 2010-2011 class of Luce Scholars had their wrap-up meeting in New Zealand July 13-20. The 17 Luce Scholars, who had spent their Luce year in 11 different countries in East and Southeast Asia, first gathered at the foot of Mt. Hutt, near Christchurch, to make presentations and share highlights of their experiences with each other. The group then traveled to Wellington, where they had an engaging roundtable discussion with 15 young Kiwi professionals, visited the Parliament, met with the Maori Language Commission, and had a farewell dinner at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, David Huebner. Ambassador Huebner, a former Luce Scholar placed with the Japanese Diet in Tokyo in 1984-1985, spent a day with the Scholars, and reported his impressions in his blog.


    Thanks to 2010-2011 Luce Scholar Ted Alcorn for contributing to this album.



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