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  • June 21, 2016Foundation—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 7, 2016Asia—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, 2016HRLI—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, 2016HRLI—'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, 2016Asia—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, 2016Foundation—“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, 2016Asia—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, 2016American 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, 2016American 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, 2016Luce 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, 2016Foundation—The Foundation's President, Dr. Michael Gilligan, will deliver the commencement address today at Hartford Seminary.

  • May 12, 2016LIASE 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, 2016Luce 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, 2016AsiaCave 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, 2016Higher 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, 2016Foundation—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.



  • May 3, 2016Foundation—We're pleased to announce the election of two new members to our Board of Directors: Dr. John Hamre, the President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Dr. Pauline Yu, the President of the American Council of Learned Societies. more


  • May 3, 2016HRLI—Our Higher Education Program has introduced new guidelines - and a new Grant Spotlight on six of our recent grants offers a glimpse into the type of projects we're funding and why we're passionate about them.



  • May 2, 2016HRLI—What Pope Francis brings to Latin America - a new working paper from the Religion & Democratic Contestation in Latin America project at American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies offers a compelling analysis of a leader who is both beloved and controversial, and his relationship with the part of the world he calls home.



  • April 29, 2016Luce ScholarsKorean Indie Rock in a Kpop World, a new documentary from 1987-1988 ‪Luce Scholar‬ Timothy Tangherlini, follows several of Korea’s most well-known indie bands as they embark on their first US tours, exploring a vibrant underground scene that stands in sharp contrast to "Gangnam Style” and the pop idol groups Korea is known for. The film will screen at The University of Chicago on Friday, May 6th. Tangherlini teaches folklore, literature and cultural studies at UCLA, where he is a professor in Scandinavian Section, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. He spent his Luce year working at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul.


  • April 29, 2016HRLI—Senegal has managed to sustain a stable democratic society in the face of poverty and regional religious tensions. What roles do Sufism and Sufi brotherhoods play in the country's political life? Members of the Sufi Islam in 21st Century Politics Project, based out of Columbia University's Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life report in from a March research trip to Senegal, supported by the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.



  • April 26, 2016AsiaThe Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has announced six Pacific Fellows, leading scholars and experts who will help to advance a worldwide discussion of ethical contentions in the US-Asia context. Fellows will organize dialogues in their local communities in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines and will collaborate with other fellows to develop joint research, site visits, publications, and multimedia projects. The fellowship is part of the Asia Dialogues initiative, supported by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.

  • April 20, 2016HRLI"Religion, Public Policy, and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia: Managing Religious Diversity" - a new publication from Globethics.net offers a critical look at an understudied and rapidly changing region, focusing on policy-relevant topics. Supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, the publication is the first in a three-part series.



  • April 20, 2016Theology—The documentary Chaplainshas been awarded both the Gabriel Award from the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals and the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. Produced by Journey Films with support from a Theology Program grant to Maryland Public Television, the documentary offers a look at the men and women trained to offer spiritual counsel in times of exceptional stress.

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  • April 19, 2016American Art—The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the recipients of the twenty-fifth annual Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art - eleven graduate students who are pursuing promising research that will strengthen and advance the field of American Art History.

  • April 15, 2016Higher Education—The Foundation's Higher Education Program invites proposals from institutions undertaking innovative work that crosses disciplinary and international borders and broadens public access to scholarly information. Institutions that are less well-resourced or that serve disadvantaged or marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to apply. Further information on the program's focus and guidelines for applying are available here.

  • April 13, 2016Theology—With support from the Theology Program, Hartford Seminary has appointed a new Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton's appointment builds upon the Seminary's longstanding commitment to developing a deeper public understanding of Islamic religion and culture, and to building mutual respect and cooperation between Muslims and Christians.

  • April 10, 2016HRLI—In recent years there have been dramatic changes in the Islamist landscape - but have scholars taken the time to examine how these shifts should affect research methods and priorities? A new publication from the Project on Middle East Political Science takes a look. The George Washington University has received two grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to support POMEPS and the project Islam in a Changing Middle East.



  • April 8, 2016Foundation—Congratulations to Terry Lautz, the Foundation's former Vice President, on his new book John Birch: A Life, published by Oxford University Press. The first authoritative study of the man who gave the controversial John Birch Society its name, the book offers a timely examination of Birch's work as a missionary, soldier, and spy in China, and of how his legacy was misinterpreted and distorted during the Cold War.



  • April 1, 2016HRLI—"It is crucial to understand the specific local and regional dynamics that have contributed to the growth of extremist movements." A major new report from ‬International Crisis Group looks at why groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State seem to be gaining ground - and how to stop them. International Crisis Group received a two-year grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2015 to research religion and conflict in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

  • March 30, 2016Theology—A multi-year program on Islam, Social Justice and Interreligious Engagement (ISJEI) at Union Theological Seminary kicks off tonight with "Standing Up for Justice: Muslim Women in Action," a panel focusing on the diverse ways Muslim women are working for justice within and beyond the Muslim community. The panel will be livestreaming at the link below from 6pm on. The ISJEI program is supported in part by a five-year grant from the Foundation's Theology Program. A full video recording of the event is available below.



  • March 28, 2016Theology—Jonathan VanAntwerpen, the Director of the Foundation's Theology Program, will deliver the keynote address at a conference on "Secularisms" at the annual meeting of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, April 7th-9th.



  • March 28, 2016American Art—Five of the exhibitions in the New York Times' Spring Art Preview are supported in part by grants from the Luce Fund in American Art. We're looking forward to Stuart Davis: In Full Swing at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum; Agnes Martin at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, and Zorach at the Norton Museum of Art, and This is a Portrait if I Say So at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The list also includes two exhibitions supported by the Asia Program, Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road at the Getty Center and Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei at the Asian Art Museum.

  • March 22, 2016Theology—The Association of Theological Schools has announced the 2016-2017 Luce Fellows in Theology, six extraordinary scholars whose projects offer significant and innovative contributions to the field of theological studies.



  • March 21, 2016Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $6,000,000 in grants to 19 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to supporting innovative, globally-minded research that can enrich both scholarly and public discourse. Five grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs (HRLI) will enable scholars and journalists to develop and disseminate a more nuanced understanding of religion’s role in global affairs. Seven grants from the Asia Program will support the production and sharing of new knowledge on East and Southeast Asia; meanwhile, four grants from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment continue that program’s support for innovative teaching on Asia and the environment at the undergraduate level. Additional grants from the American Art Program, Public Policy Program, and Theology Program will promote work that seeks to shift traditional perspectives and encourages the exchange of ideas. Read more.

  • March 15, 2016HRLI—How do religion and nationalism affect each other? A conference at the Fletcher School from March 31st to April 1st will explore this question from an international perspective, looking at the examples of India, Ireland, Israel, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. Supported in part by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, made in 2011.

  • March 11, 2016Asia—"In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11" opens today at the Japan Society. Marking the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake and nuclear crisis, the exhibition surveys the stunning range of responses Japanese artists have had to the disaster through over 90 photographic works.



  • March 4, 2016HRLIEvan Berry and Jerome E. Copulsky have received American Academy of Religion/Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs, to work in the Office of Religion and Global Affairs as Franklin Fellows at the US Department of State. The goal of the program, which is supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, is for “scholars to have the opportunity to affect policy and to learn how foreign policy is developed.”

  • March 3, 2016Luce Scholars—From studying puppet theatre in Yogyakarta to taking care of young patients in Luang Prabang; from helping launch a brand-new university in Yangon to working for the Mayor’s Office in Seoul; from supporting sustainable agriculture in Beijing to investigating natural resource extraction in Ulaanbaatar, this year’s Luce Scholars are learning a lot from their placements and their local communities – and giving a lot back. At the midway point through their year in Asia, the Scholars took a moment to reflect on what this experience is teaching them – and how much they still hope to learn. Click here to read the 2015-2016 edition of the Notes from the Field.



  • February 29, 2016HRLI—The future of Islamist movements, and how to study them: papers and videos now available from ‪‎HRLI‬ grantee the Project on Middle East Political Science at The George Washington University.

  • February 24, 2016American Art—"International Pop" opens today at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art, the exhibition runs through May 15th, 2016.


  • Foodscape, 1964, by Erró, Oil on canvas, (Moderna Museet, Stockholm)


  • February 26, 2016Luce Scholars—We're thrilled to introduce the 2016-2017 class of Luce Scholars, 18 astounding young people who share a spirit of exploration and who are committed to using their talents to promote positive social change.



  • February 18, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to "Women Modernists in New York" at the Norton Museum of Art! The show, which features works by Marguerite Zorach, Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr, and Georgia O’Keeffe, was supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.

  • February 17, 2016HRLI—A conference on "Understanding Syria’s Refugee Crisis" will take place February 26th at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles. The school received a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to support collaboration between scholars and practitioners in coverage of religious topics.



  • February 16, 2016CBLDr. Laurel Riek, a Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has received a Young Investigator Program grant from the AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The grants support junior faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary research abilities in engineering and science.

  • February 12, 2016HRLI—The American Academy of Religion has awarded Evan Berry the first AAR-Luce Fellowship in Religion and International Affairs. The AAR‑Luce Fellows Program aims to make scholarship and critical, analytical perspectives more readily accessible to policymakers at the US Department of State who work with regions of the world where the role of religion may be complex or unclear.

  • February 8, 2016HRLI—“In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer.” A Stray, a new film supported in part by an HRLI grant to the Independent Feature Project, has been selected to premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest festival this March.



  • February 5, 2016American Art—"The mix of a distinctly African-American viewpoint with sources for so long conventionally seen and understood within the dominant white western culture could not help but lead to fresh, poignant, and powerful statements." New exhibition REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art opens today at the Columbia Museum of Art. The Museum received a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art to support the exhibition, which is on view through May 3rd. Chief curator Will South offers a deeper perspective on the exhibition here.



  • February 1, 2016American Art—Grant Spotlight: An Interview with Sergio Bessa, Head of Curatorial Programs at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, on the celebrated show "Martin Wong: Human Instamatic." The show, which was partially supported by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art, is on view through February 14th.



  • January 30, 2016Asia—A three-year grant from the Asia Program to ASIANetwork will enable the continuation of the ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Program, which provides member colleges with grants to support the hiring of a postdoctoral teaching fellow in Asian Studies. At present, Kenyon College is accepting applications for a Teaching Fellowship in Hinduism; Wabash College is seeking applications for a teaching fellowship in Asian History; and Union College is accepting applications for a teaching fellowship in Japanese literature and film.

  • January 27, 2016CBL—"I love the mystery." Interviews with undergraduate women studying STEM at Saint Mary's College of California, including Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholar Samantha Schultz, offer a look at what's inspiring a new generation of female scientists.



  • January 23, 2016Theology—A list of "17 Great Podcasts for the Spiritually Curious" from Huffington Post features two Theology Program grantees, Interfaith Voices and On Being.

  • 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:http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/luce-foundation-awards-22-million-in-grants?utm_content=buffere9c94&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer.

  • 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: http://css.edu/about/news-center/st-scholastica-news/clare-boothe-luce-projects.html

  • 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, 2015AsiaThe 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
    Age
    24
    26
    29
    29
    18
    22
    22
    28
    22
    23
    29
    25
    25
    25
    24
    28
    26
    27
    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
    Claremont McKenna College



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