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  • January 15, 2016Higher Education—Grant Spotlight: the Luce World Pathways program at LaGuardia Community College offers innovative mentorship and support for students who are heritage language speakers.

  • December 20, 2015CBL—A new profile from Inside Philanthropy explores what the Clare Boothe Luce Program is doing to support women in STEM.

  • December 19, 2015American ArtMartin Wong: Human Instamatic at the Bronx Museum of the Arts is on the New York Times' Best of 2015 list for Outstanding Solo Shows. On view through February 14th, the exhibition was partially supported by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.

  • December 17, 2015HRLIReligious Responses to Violence: Human Rights in Latin America, Past and Present is now available from the University of Notre Dame Press, offering an analysis of how religion has contended with different forms of violence, from the political and state violence of the 1970s and 1980s to the drug traffickers and youth gangs of today. The book synthesizes findings from a two-year project on Religion and Violence in Latin America at American University, which was supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs ‪HRLI‬.

  • December 15, 2015CBL—Grant Spotlight: a glimpse inside the Clare Boothe Luce 25th Anniversary Professors Conference, held at Fordham University from November 8th-9th. The conference brought together more than 80 alumnae and guests to celebrate the ‪CBL program.

  • December 9, 2015LIASE Program—The University of Puget Sound has released an online virtual symposium, featuring photos and videos from the 2015 Symposium, "Biological and Cultural Diversity in Malaysia and Thailand,” held on October 23rd-24th. The videos include a keynote address from Professor Philip Dearden, a traditional Thai dance performance by Chaopraya Ensemble, and presentations of student research from a field course in Borneo. The symposium, which attracted over 300 students, is a part of the University’s ‪‎LIASE program‬ activities, supported by a grant from the ‪Foundation's Asia‬ program.

  • December 1, 2015FoundationPhilanthropy News Digest has published a profile of the Luce Foundation's Fall grantmaking:

  • November 29, 2015LIASE Program—Bard College will host two related conferences on Asia and the Environment from April 14th-16th, 2016. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit posters and papers for presentation at the "Asia/Environment Student Research Conference", to be held on April 14th-15th. An overlapping conference, "Boundaries/Crossings," will take place on the 15th-16th, and will feature examinations of the complex intersections between Asia's environment, politics, culture and art. Both conferences will take place at Bard's Annandale-on-Hudson campus, accessible from New York City, and are a part of the college's ‪LIASE program‬ activities.

  • November 23, 2015Higher Education—The Higher Education program is pleased to announce a major grant to Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) to support summer leadership training for women in ‪‎STEM‬ fields. The grant will allow a total of 36 women to participate in special, STEM-focused versions of HERS' Summer Leadership Institutes. The grant is in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Clare Boothe Luce program, which has supported almost 2000 ‪women in STEM‬ through Junior Professorships, Graduate Fellowships, and Undergraduate Research Awards.‬

  • November 20, 2015Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $22,000,000 in grants to 60 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to fostering innovative scholarship, informed leadership, and cross-cultural understanding. Grants from the Higher Education program aim to develop a new, diverse generation of leaders. The Asia, Theology, and Religion in International Affairs programs are providing institutions the funding they need to pursue complex research and educational projects, often interdisciplinary and international in scope. Eleven grants from the Luce Fund in American Art will support thought-provoking and field-defining special exhibitions. And grants to 24 institutions from the Clare Boothe Luce program will help to encourage women in STEM fields by supporting student research and junior professorships. Taken together, these grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to the future of American and international knowledge, and to the researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers who will safeguard it. read more

  • November 20, 2015Theology—We're pleased to announce the new Luce Fund for Theological Education, which will support the development of new models of teaching and learning, research and publication, leadership development and educational program design. Structured as an open competition for seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions that support graduate theological education, the Fund places central emphasis on the challenges of public engagement, within and across multiple religious traditions, and in a variety of different contexts.

  • November 19, 2015HRLIGrant Spotlight: The Politics of Religious Freedom Project. In the Spring of 2010, four scholars met together for the first time in a conference room at the Luce Foundation offices. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood, Winnifred Sullivan and Peter Danchin studied quite different subjects: International Relations, Sociocultural Anthropology, Religion in the US, and Human Rights Law. But they shared an interest in the topic of religious freedom – specifically, the assumptions that religious freedom is a stable and universal good, and the misunderstandings that assumption generates. As Hurd recalls, the usual assumptions “seemed to leave out of the picture most of what is actually going on in the world involving the politics of religious diversity.” read more

  • November 10, 2015Theology—The Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core will offer a seminar this summer on Teaching ‪‎Interfaith‬ Understanding for faculty members at CIC institutions. The seminar will offer perspectives, resources, and a network of peers to support faculty members who are committed to fostering an atmosphere of pluralism and inclusion on college campuses. A grant from the Foundation's Theology Program will cover most of the costs of participation for the selected attendees. ‪

  • November 7, 2015Special Projects—A special grant to the New-York Historical Society will support the preservation of the Time, Inc. archives, an estimated 7 million documents that include records from Time Inc.’s major publications (Time, Fortune, Life, Sports Illustrated, and People) and the private correspondence of Time’s—and the Foundation’s—founder, Henry R. Luce. ‪

  • November 6, 2015HRLI—Opening today in Madison, Wisconsin, the Tales from Planet Earth film festival focuses on taking a global look at the relationship between Environment and Belief. The University of Wisconsin Foundation received a grant from theThe Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to support the festival in 2015.

  • November 4, 2015American Art“Martin Wong: Human Instamatic,” opens today at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. The exhibition, supported in part by a grant from the Luce American Art program made in 2014, will be the first museum retrospective on the work of Chinese-American painter since his death in 1999. Featuring over 90 works spanning Wong’s early career in San Francisco, his transition to the diverse Lower East Side of the 1980s, and the later stages of his career in the Bay Area when he was ill with AIDS-related symptoms, the exhibition will explore “Wong’s textured presentation of the communities in which he lived.” On view at the Bronx Museum through February 14th, the show will travel to additional venues in the spring.

  • October 29, 2015CBLKatherine Mackey, the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, is one of only four recipients of the inaugural AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Award in the Chemical Sciences. The awards, made possible by a $2.2 million bequest to AAAS from Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason, provide each chemist with $50,000 for their research projects, allowing them to collect preliminary data that can help secure further funding. Mackey studies how climate change is affecting marine phytoplankton, transforming the acidity of the water and the nutrients available to microscopic organisms.

  • October 27, 2015American Art—The Wadsworth Atheneum’s catalogue for the exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 has been shortlisted for the Alice Award, an annual award from the J. M. Kaplan Fund awarded to an illustrated book of distinction. The award “is intended to buttress the kind of slow reading movement that recognizes and cherishes the lasting values of the well-made illustrated book, and the special sense of intimacy it affords.” The Wadsworth museum received a grant from the Luce Foundation American Art Program to support the Coney Island exhibition and catalogue. The exhibition will open at the Brooklyn Museum on November 20th, 2015.

  • October 26, 2015HRLIAmerica Abroad Media has won the Best News Feature Award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, for a radio story on the plight of the Rohingya, the Muslim minority in Buddhist Myanmar. The piece explores how the Rohingya, deprived of legal citizenship, have become prey to human traffickers, who offer safe passage to Malaysia, then hold passengers captive for further funds. America Abroad Media received a grant from The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2014 to support public radio programs on religion and diasporic communities.

  • October 22, 2015HRLI—This weekend, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) hosts a Global Symposium on Religions in Diaspora and their role in Global Affairs. Collaborative research groups will share findings and screen documentaries on four topics: Regulating Sex/Religion, Shari’a Revoiced, Humanitarian Ethics, Religious Affinities, and the Politics of Dissent, Global Religious Festivals in Secular Cityscapes: Immigration, Politics, and Religious Performance in California. Much of the program is free and open to the public. The University of California, Irvine received a three-year grant from the #HRLI program in 2013 to support the project.

  • October 10, 2015American Art“Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” opens today at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Running through January 24th, the exhibit explores the experimental, interdisciplinary approach of the Black Mountain College community, and the school's far-ranging influence. The exhibit was directly supported by a grant from the American Art Program to the ICA made in 2014.

  • Dancers from Boston Conservatory perform work by Merce Cunningham
    in the exhibition "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957."
    Installation view, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston,
    Oct. 10, 2015–Jan. 24, 2016. Photo by Liza Voll Photography.

  • October 10, 2015American Art“Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” is on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, in Fort Worth, Texas, from now through January 3rd. The exhibit features more than 100 works of art that celebrate the singular power of art by the self-taught, including quilts, drawings, paintings, carvings and constructions that reveal both highly personal narratives and an evolving national identity. The exhibition and tour are supported by a 75th Anniversary grant from the Foundation’s American Art program.

  • October 5, 2015CBL—Turtlebots, vaccines and data clustering: what eight undergraduates at the College of St. Scholastica did with their undergraduate research awards:

  • October 4, 2015Asia—One month left to apply for the Luce/ACLS program in #China studies. The program offers three competitions: Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, supported by grants from the Asia program in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Applications are due by November 4th.

  • October 1, 2015American Art—The Foundation is pleased to welcome Terry Carbone as the new director of the American Art program. She succeeds Ellen Holtzman, who has served in the role for 23 years. Terry comes to the Foundation from the Brooklyn Museum, where she served as the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art and Managing Curator of the Arts of the Americas and Europe.

  • September 28, 2015HRLI—The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University welcomes the public today to a conference on “Religion and Climate Change in the Public Sphere: The Role of Journalists and the Media,” partially supported by a grant from the ‪HRLI‬ program to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

  • September 27, 2015Asia"Quilts of Southwestern China," an exhibition featuring hundreds of textiles that are at once artistic and functional, opens this weekend at Michigan State University Museum. The museum received a grant from the Foundation in 2015, as part of the Asia Program's work in supporting the study and exhibition of Asian art.

  • September 26, 2015Asia"Africa-Asia: A New Axis of Knowledge" opens today in Accra, Ghana. Organized by the Association for Asian Studies in Africa (A-Asia), and partially supported by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program to Leiden University, the conference aims to develop an infrastructure to support greater academic study and knowledge of Asia in Africa.

  • September 25, 2015HRLI—Today and tomorrow, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University hosts the conference, "Sufism in India and Pakistan: Rethinking Islam, Democracy, and Identity," partially supported by a three-year grant to Columbia University in the City of New York from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • September 23, 2015HRLIEcological Civilization, a new e-book from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, explores contemporary dialog on environmental issues within China, and its relationship to traditional culture and religion. The book records the information and viewpoints shared at the the International Conference on Ecological Environment, a day-long gathering of academics, journalists, scientists, and government, religious and business leaders, supported by a three-year grant from the ‪#‎HRLI‬ program in 2013 to support sustained engagement campaign on global religious issues.

  • September 22, 2015Asia“Whose Century Is It?”, a new biweekly podcast series from Public Radio International and Mary Kay Magistad, explores the future direction of the 21st century – will it be dominated and shaped primarily by China? By America? Or by other nations and movements that are still taking shape? PRI received a two year grant to support the project from the LuceAsia program in 2015.

  • September 16, 2015American Art“Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists” opens today at the Beach Museum of Art. The exhibit, supported by the Luce Fund in American Art, examines the impact of Associated American Artists (1934-2000), the gallery that marketed affordable prints by classic American Artists to a wide audience during the Great Depression and beyond.

  • September 14, 2015Higher EducationHeritage Language Scholars from LaGuardia Community College visited our offices today to discuss their summer internships around New York and around the world. The program, supported by grants from the Higher Education program in 2014 and 2013, offers language courses, leadership workshops cultural outings, faculty mentors and internship support to students who have acquired one of four modern languages—Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Arabic—through their home environments.

  • September 9, 2015HRLIGod in the Tumult of the Public Square, a new book by Mark Juergensmeyer, Dinah Griego, and John Soboslai, examines the evolution and public face of religion in our era. Available from the University of California Press, the book is the fruit of a five-year project involving religious leaders, scholars, and public figures, supported by the Foundation’s ‪‎HRLI‬ program.

  • August 26, 2015HRLI—The Brookings Institution has released 11 new working papers on ‪"Rethinking Islamism‬," assessing the evolution of mainstream Islamism in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia. The Institution received a two-year grant from the ‪HRLI‬ program to support the project.

  • August 26, 2015Theology—Just in time for the papal visit, a new report from Theology program grantee Public Religion Research analyzes how American Catholics perceive Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.

  • August 1, 2015HRLI—The University of Leeds has released a new report, "Towards a Religion Attentive Foreign Policy," advocating for a better understanding of religious dynamics and a willingness to engage religious leaders in diplomacy. The report summarises key insights from two Anglo-American dialogues funded by the British Council's "Bridging Voices" program, which received a three year grant from the HRLI program in 2013.

  • July 28, 2015Luce Scholars—The 2014-2015 class of ‪Luce Scholars‬ finished their year with a summer wrap-up in Indonesia. The Scholars had a chance to discuss their experiences over the past year and to learn more about Indonesia, exploring the country’s history, diversity, and future. Highlights included a prayer service at the campus mosque of Gadjah Mada University, traditional puppet theatre in Yogjakarta; a conversation with the Mayor of Banda Aceh; and a visit to the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, Robert Blake.

  • July 22, 2015HRLI— The University of Chicago Press has published Politics of Religious Freedom, a collection of essays that examine the idea of religious freedom from a global and interdisciplinary perspective. The fruits of a three year project at the University of California, Berkeley, the volume makes a compelling case for a more pluralistic, flexible understanding of what religious freedom can mean. The Politics of Religious Freedom project received a three-year grant from the Luce Foundation in 2010.

  • July 20, 2015American Art—American Council of Learned Societies has announced The Luce/ACLS Ellen Holtzman Dissertation Fellowship, in honor of Ellen Holtzman, who is retiring this year after 23 years as the Foundation's program director for American ‪Art‬.

  • July 9, 2015CBL—Twenty-one women, a mixture of Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellows from the U.S. and Graduate Students from East Asia, came together for three weeks in Seoul this July for the inaugural Ewha-Luce International Seminar. Workshops provided a deeper context for modern scientific inquiry (“History of Science in the East and the West,” “Philosophical Foundations of Scientific Ethics”) and practical advice for women entering a career in STEM (“Self Awareness and Personal Branding,” “Convergence and Networking;” “Effective Presentation Techniques”). Meanwhile, group outings included both cultural experiences, including visits to Korean theatre and to the De-Militarized Zone, and tours of local scientific industry and laboratories. Organized and hosted by Ewha Womans University, the world’s largest comprehensive university for women, the program was established through one of the Luce Foundation’s 75th anniversary grants.

  • June 30, 2015Theology—The Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Luce Fund for Theological Education. Approved by the Foundation’s board of directors at their meeting on June 2, 2015, the fund will support the development of new models of teaching and learning, research and publication, leadership development and educational program design. Structured as an open competition for seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions that support graduate theological education, the Luce Fund’s central emphasis will be the challenges of public engagement, within and across multiple religious traditions, and in a variety of different contexts. Further details will be released later this year.

  • June 24, 2015TheologyThe American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has selected scholars of China studies from North America, Europe, and Asia to receive support for academic travel and research. Thirteen students received Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants for preliminary research and relationship-building in China; ten received Postdoctoral Fellowships to support the journey towards publication or new research; and three teams of scholars received Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants, allowing interdisciplinary groups of professors and graduate students to jointly examine important Chinese texts. The Luce Foundation provided funding to launch the ACLS Program in China Studies through a special 75th Anniversary Grant in 2012 and renewed its support through subsequent grants in 2014 and 2015. More information on the awards, including application information for next year’s cycle, is available here.

  • May 20, 2015Theology—Auburn Theological Seminary has announced the inaugural class of Auburn Senior Fellows. Established through a 2014 grant from the Luce Foundation, the Senior Fellows program is designed to "equip, platform, and network faith leaders who have great potential to catalyze and advance multifaith movements for justice," offering executive coaching and semiannual retreats.

  • April 8, 2015HRLI— Palgrave MacMillan has published Religion and the Politics of Development, a collection of essays that examines how religion, politics and economics – often studied separately – interact in developing economies. Edited by Philip Fountain, Robin Bush, and R. Michael Feener, the book developed from a conference on the same topic organized by the Asia Research Institute, which the Luce Foundation supported through a grant to NUS America Foundation in 2013.

  • February 27, 2015Theology—Together with the The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the Luce Foundation is proud to present the 2015-2016 class of Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology. Established in 1993, the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program supports the research of junior and senior scholars whose projects offer significant and innovative contributions to theological studies.

  • February 20, 2015Luce Scholars— The Henry Luce Foundation is delighted to announce the 2015-2016 class of Luce scholars. Through an intense three-month-long selection process, 18 candidates from 15 nominating institutions have been selected from among 156 outstanding nominees.

               2014-2015 Luce Scholars
    Scholar's Name
    S. Jakelin Bonilla
    Nickolas K. Clarke
    Jenny A. Cooper
    Lauren E. Dubowski
    Varsha L. Govindaraju
    Charlotte M. Lee
    Samuel W. Lewis
    Aubrey Menard
    Christian A. Oldham
    Paul E. Shortell
    Laura E. Shunk
    Amarynth N. Sichel
    Alessondra T. Speidel
    O’Mara S. Taylor
    Brandon A. Tensley
    Tsione K. Wolde-Michael
    Diana D.Y. Won
    Lanier M. Zimmer
    Nominating Institution
    University of North Carolina
    Furman University
    University of Michigan
    Bryn Mawr College
    University of Washington
    Duke University
    Williams College
    Mount Holyoke College
    Willamette University
    Swarthmore College
    Claremont McKenna College
    Barnard College
    Duke University
    Vassar College
    Furman University
    Harvard University
    Rutgers University
    Cleremont McKenna College

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