- July 29, 2016—HRLI—“At a time when religion is both a source of hope and an excuse for conflict in America and abroad, we’re eager to expand our coverage in order to help readers make sense of a changing world.” A grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the Atlantic Monthly Group will support expanded coverage of religion, particularly religion in under-reported regions across the globe.
- July 22, 2016—Theology—America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. How is that fact affecting politics, faith, and social values in the United States? Hailed by The New York Times Review of Books as “quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year,” Robert P. Jones's The End of White Christian America draws on years of data collected by the Public Religion Research Institute with support from the Foundation's Theology Program.
- July 20, 2016—HRLI—"Religion and public policy is a subject that is rarely addressed directly in the media and yet it’s all around us." Religion in the Public Sphere, a new e-book from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers a transcript of a day-long conference on Religion in the Public Sphere, hosted at Washington University in St. Louis this Spring. Topics include religion's role in environmental movements, in the struggle for reproductive rights, and in assimilation.
- July 18, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art Program to the Asheville Art Museum will support a vastly expanded installation of the museum’s holdings, including Eastern Cherokee arts, North Carolina studio crafts, and art from Black Mountain College. Says the Museum's Executive Director Pamela Myers, "the New Museum and the New Permanent Collection installation and first catalogue of the collection will present extraordinary opportunities for longtime residents, newcomers and visitors to be inspired and engaged with art of America and art of the region."
- July 8, 2016—HRLI—A grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to New York University's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics will support a project exploring religious communities' responses to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of Central American migrants on their northward journey towards the United States.
- July 1, 2016—American Art—"Craft has never really been about medium, but rather about what those medium-based practices represent: skill, individuality, community and tradition. What holds craft apart and gives it meaning in the machine age is that it remains unabashedly human, like us." The newly reinstalled permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. explores the meaning of craft in a digital age. The reinstallation was supported by a grant from the Foundation's American Art program to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.
- June 27, 2016—Luce Scholars—The 2016-2017 class of Luce Scholars flies to Asia today. We wish them a transformative year.
- June 22, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art program to the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will create a publicly accessible electronic catalog of the museum's preeminent collection of over 17,000 pieces of Shaker arts and design. The project will offer researchers, teachers, students, artists and craftspeople access to an extraordinary collection.
- June 21, 2016—Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $7,000,000 in grants to 17 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fostering 21st century leaders and to bringing high quality scholarship into public discourse. Four grants from the American Art Program will support expansion and digitization projects, broadening public access to collections that are of critical importance to the history of American Art. Grants from the Asia Program will support postdoctoral teaching fellowships and offer opportunities for academic exchanges and policy dialogues between East Asia and the U.S. Five grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs will fund expanded media coverage of religion’s role in public life and research focused on the Middle East and Central America. A grant from the Higher Education Program furnishes renewed support to leadership training sessions organized by the Society of Women Engineers, while four grants from the Theology Program will support innovative approaches to the study of religion and to religious leadership development. In total, these seventeen grants advance the Foundation’s efforts to deepen scholarly and public understanding from a variety of disciplinary, geographic and religious perspectives. Read more.
- June 14, 2016—HRLI—Magnum Foundation is accepting proposals from photographers interested in partnering with other creative practitioners on projects exploring the many roles religion plays in contemporary, global society. The program is supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.
- Jun 12, 2016—American Art—Happy Opening to Jasper Johns + Edvard Munch at The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway! The exhibition explores how Munch's visual experiments and primal emotional imagery influenced Johns, a master of late 20th century painting. Supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art to the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition will travel there in November of 2016.
- June 17, 2016—Asia—"Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" opens today at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition features more than 150 objects that once belonged to China's emperors, masterpieces from multiple dynasties which were conveyed to Taiwan in 1949 and which now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. On view through September 18th, the exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.
- Jun 12, 2016—American Art—"Women of Abstract Expressionism" opens today at the Denver Art Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition marks the first time that the included artists have been presented together. On view through September 25th, the exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- Jun 10, 2016—American Art—"Davis invented a vocabulary that harnessed the grammar of abstraction to the speed and simultaneity of modern America." Stuart Davis: In Full Swing opens today at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with support from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- June 9, 2016—HRLI—Senegal is often recognized for its unique religious landscape, marked by four main Sufi orders and a long commitment to interfaith dialogue. Senegal’s religious communities have been the subject of much study, but the considerable contributions of religious actors to the country's political and economic are not as well understood. “Faith and Development in Focus: Senegal” provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s religious landscape, the influence of religion in Senegalese daily life, and key sectors for faith-inspired engagement. The project was supported in part by a grant to the The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs from the Foundation's Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.
- June 7, 2016—Asia—For decades, the study of Theravada Buddhism was divided by national, linguistic, and disciplinary borders. Now, the Theravada Civilizations Project at Arizona State University is bringing together scholars from different backgrounds to share their perspectives and research. A new Grant Spotlight offers a look at how an innovative project is revitalizing the study of a major religion.
- June 6, 2016—HRLI—The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the inaugural cohort of grantees for the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA). RJIA grants provide support for programming that connects scholarship on religion to journalism training and practice. The program received a two-year grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2015.
- June 4, 2016—HRLI—'A Stray,' the story of a Somali immigrant in Minneapolis who finds himself caught between a new faith, old friends, and political and economic pressures, will screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 18th. Supported in part by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the Independent Feature Project, the film offers a compelling look at an underrepresented community.
- May 27, 2016—Asia—Many congratulations to the 37 scholars selected this year for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies. Supported in part by recurring grants from the Foundation's Asia Program, the China Studies Program fosters new scholarship through Predissertation Summer Travel Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants.
- May 26, 2016—Foundation—“This is about the capacity for empowerment, for empowering the very folks who call upon and desperately want your leadership.”
The Foundation's President Michael Gilligan delivered the commencement address last Friday at Hartford Seminary, offering his insights into the meaning of leadership and service in a complex, diverse, and interconnected world.
- May 24, 2016—Asia—Thousands of historic Thai manuscripts have been digitized and are now available to the public through the University of Pennsylvania's Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts, supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.
- May 22, 2016—American Art—Mabel Dodge Luhan's home in Taos, New Mexico was the place where Ansel Adams decided to take up photography and where Georgia O'Keeffe began her first painting of a Southwest landscape. The artistic community that Luhan fostered in New Mexico was as important as the expatriate community in Paris in shaping American modernism - but has been far less studied. A new exhibition at The Harwood Museum of Art features works from the artists Mabel supported, presented in relation to works by Pueblo and Hispano artists. The show offers a seminal exploration of the cultural exchange that lay behind Southwest Modernism. "Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West," which will run through September 11th before traveling to the Albuquerque Museum of Art, was supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- May 14, 2016—American Art—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens today after a major renovation and expansion. A grant from the American Art Program supported the reinstallation of the permanent collection.
- May 13, 2016—Luce Scholars—"The Islamic State’s butchery and takeover of territory in Iraq and Syria dominate the headlines, but a much less violent yet little-known conflict exists in Indonesia, where more Muslims live than in all of the Middle East." 1985-86 Luce Scholar Margaret Scott, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School, offers an analysis of three recent works on Indonesia in The New York Review of Books. Scott spent her Luce Scholar Year in Hong Kong, on a placement with the Far Eastern Economic Review.
- May 13, 2016—Foundation—The Foundation's President, Dr. Michael Gilligan, will deliver the commencement address today at Hartford Seminary.
- May 12, 2016—LIASE Program—Save the Date: a September 28th to October 1st conference in St. Paul, MN, will bring together key representatives from colleges and universities involved in the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. The conference will provide an opportunity to feature the varied and singular work being done and to strengthen the LIASE network.
- May 11, 2016—Luce Scholars—
1998-1999 Luce Scholar Joshua Kurlantzick is a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. A grant from the Foundation's Asia Program helped to launch research and programming on Southeast Asia at the Council in 2008, and the program has since renewed its support with further grants in 2011 and 2016. Kurlantzick, who spent his Luce Scholar year with the Bangkok Post in Thailand, has recently authored State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World, published this April by Oxford University Press.
- May 7, 2016—Asia—Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road opens today at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Three full-size replicas of the caves from the UNESCO world heritage site, hand painted by artists at the Dunhuang Academy, are on view in the Getty plaza, allowing visitors to experience the stunning religious, artistic and cultural exchanges that occurred along the Silk Road. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Asia program.
- May 6, 2016—Higher Education—Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) has announced the recipients of the 2016 HERS / CBL Scholarships, which will allow 12 women to participate in special, STEM-focused versions of HERS' Summer Leadership Institutes. The program is supported by a grant from the Higher Education Program, made in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Clare Boothe Luce Program.
- May 5, 2016—Foundation—Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mina Camacho joining the Foundation's staff, with a special grant in her honor to the recipient of her choice.