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  • January 29, 2017American Art—Happy opening to Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World! Durham has been a prolific artist and activist for more than four decades, and his inventive works reflect his on-going connection to local and global political struggles. With nearly 200 objects, this exhibition is the first retrospective of his work in North America. It includes not only sculptures and images but also essays and interviews with the artist. Now on view at the Hammer Museum.



  • January 24, 2017Luce Scholars—In 1961, the CIA began training a proxy army of primarily Hmong fighters to try to stem the tide of communism in Laos. Largely hidden from the American Public, Operation Momentum grew into a war that lasted almost two decades and changed U.S. foreign policy forever. Joshua Kurlantzick, a former Luce Scholar and a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, has authored the definitive account of the CIA's first - and least discussed - war, available from Simon & Schuster beginning January 24th.



  • January 12, 2016HRLIThe International Reporting Project has a new home at non-partisan think tank, New America. IRP supports journalists and their efforts to report on under-covered global issues through fellowships and reporting trips.

  • January 12, 2016American Art—Happy opening to “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists” at the Syracuse University Art Galleries! This exhibition, supported by the American Art program, highlights the work of Associated American Artists (1934-2000) and its aim to make art more widely accessible through the sale of affordable prints. 136 objects from over 25 museums and collections are on view until March 19, 2017.

  • January 10, 2016American Art—Happy opening to "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965" at Grey Art Gallery. Discover a wide range of works including paintings, sculptures, and installations from fourteen venues that helped shape the city's vibrant art scene. The exhibition, supported by the Luce Fund in American Art, runs until April 1, 2017.


  • December 21, 2016HRLI"Religious Diversity and Politico-Religious Intolerance in Indonesia and Malaysia" - a new article by Dicky Sofjan in the Review of Faith and International Affairs Journal from Taylor & Francis Online draws on research supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • December 19, 2016Asia"Death By Design," a new documentary from Ambrica Productions, explores the human and environmental cost of our digital addiction, with support from a grant from the Asia Program.

  • December 17, 2016Asia—“It makes global warming look like child’s play.” A new report from PRI Public Radio International explores the impact of the rampant consumption of plastics in both the East and the West.


  • December 15, 2016Higher Education—As need increases, a diminishing share of United States residents speak languages other than English. A new report from The American Academy of Arts and Sciences examines the state of the nation's current language capacity, with support from the Foundation's Higher Education program.

  • December 6, 2016Theology—The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology. The fellowship is part of a three-year initiative dedicated to exploring the place of theology in public life, past and present, with support from the foundation's Theology Program.

  • December 5, 2016HRLI—Current conflicts in Syria are often described along sectarian lines - but the truth is more complicated. Heiko Wimmen, writing for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explores how a narrative of sectarian conflict has been advanced and exploited, obscuring other social and political divisions. The report is part of a series on Sources of Sectarianism in the Middle East, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • November 29, 2016Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $13,000,000 in grants to 42 institutions. These grants, awarded in five program areas, advance the Foundation’s commitments to the development of intellectual leaders and the public dissemination of knowledge.

    Fourteen grants from the Luce Fund in American Art will support exhibitions across the country that celebrate and probe the depth and variety of American art from every era of the country’s history. Five responsive grants from the American Art program will fund work on pre-contemporary collections, as well as entry-level positions designed to open the field to new and more diverse perspectives. Seven grants from the Asia program will support art exhibitions that will bring both ancient and contemporary Asian art to the United States, collaborations related to the study of Chinese folk culture, and communication between scholars in North America and North Korea.

    Meanwhile, two grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs focus on fostering richly informed coverage of international religion in the media. Three grants from the Higher Education program will support new approaches to doctoral education and higher education policymaking, as well as a study addressing sexual harassment in STEM fields. Five Theology program grants will support projects that blend theological and multidisciplinary perspectives and prepare spiritual leaders to minister to a changing world. And, in its inaugural year, grants from the Luce Fund for Theological Education will support six seminaries and divinity schools as they explore ways to train their students to serve diverse populations and to engage with the broader public. Read more.

  • November 24, 2016Luce Scholars—How should nations remember a painful past? 2015-2016 Luce Scholar Brandon Tensley writes in Foreign Affairs about "Japan, the United States, and Public Memory," and how the U.S. and Japan commemorate a war in which both nations were "victims and victimizers".

  • November 21, 2016HRLI—Magnum Foundation, working in collaboration with The Revealer and the NYU Center for Religion and Media, has announced support of three interdisciplinary teams who will produce in-depth and experimental projects exploring religion across the globe.



  • November 14, 2016CBL—The Clare Boothe Luce program is pleased to announce 23 grants totaling $7,000,000 to support women in STEM fields. Established by Clare Boothe Luce in 1987, the Program offers research awards and tuition support to prepare young women to study and teach in the STEM disciplines, as well as five-year professorships for women early in their academic careers. Grants to Johns Hopkins University, Smith College, and the University of Detroit Mercy will fund a total of four five-year assistant professorships for women in STEM fields; grants to Providence College and Xavier University will provide undergraduate scholarships to a total of eleven young women, while grants to Dartmouth College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Texas A&M University and the University of Dayton will fund undergraduate research awards. These grants will support the work of 89 women in total. In addition to these ten new awards, the Program awarded grants to the 13 institutions designated in Clare Boothe Luce's bequest to receive funds in perpetuity. We are pleased to continue our partnership with these institutions.

  • November 5, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to Frank Stella: a Retrospective at the de Young Museum of San Francisco! The exhibition considers Stella’s use of color, shape, and volume to evoke new conceptions of pictorial space—allowing two-dimensional paintings to seem to expand or contract, lie completely flat or envelop the viewer, suggest movement or foster stillness.



  • November 4, 2016HRLI—Salafi Muslims are known for their doctrinal intransigence. Yet Hizb al-Nour, the recently founded Salafi political party in Egypt, has proven to be flexible and pragmatic in its approach. In a new paper for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephane LaCroix argues that for Hizb al-Nour, political power is a means to protect and possibly reinforce the religious movement that it represents. The Carnegie Endowment received a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2014 to support research and writings on Sectarianism in the Middle East.



  • November 4, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to World War I and American Art at PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Supported in part by the Luce Fund in American Art, this is the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the war, which is widely seen as a critical factor in the growth of modernism.



  • November 3, 2016HRLI"Who Owns the Story?" Filmmaker Musa Syeed reflects on the question of how to make art about a misrepresented community without reinforcing misrepresentations. Syeed's film 'A Stray,' set in the Somali refugee community in Minneapolis, was produced with support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.



  • November 2, 2016Asia—A grant from the Foundation's Asia Program to The University of Chicago will support access to metadata on over 27000 photographs of art from China, Korea, and Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, housed at the Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art at The Ohio State University. The Huntington Archive represents the efforts of 45 years of field documentation photography by John and Susan Huntington, who visited sites in remote regions of Asia, photographing many works of art that had never been published. Since the time many of these photos were taken, in far too many cases, the works of art have since been lost through theft or have been destroyed through natural and man-made disasters. The photos comprise one of the most important sources of information about these works.



  • October 30, 2016HRLI—Faith-based Organizations often play a key role in providing assistance and protection to refugees. However, many have concerns about whether leadership from faith-based organizations will exclude individuals and social groups based on gender and sexuality. A Workshop on Gender, Religion and Humanitarian Responses to Refugees at UCL University College London, funded by a special grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, brought together 30 academics and humanitarian practitioners from secular and faithbased organisations to explore this complex dynamic. A Policy Brief, edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre summarizes key points and recommendations for policy, practice and research.



  • October 29, 2016American Art—Happy opening to Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company at Albuquerque Museum! The exhibition features 150 works of art and ephemera produced by the visual, literary, and performance artists who Luhan drew to Taos, displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists, and was originally organized by The Harwood Museum of Art with support from the Luce Fund in American Art.



  • October 28, 2016Asia—"This volume shows what can be accomplished when both sides are represented. It is filled with memorable essays, including two on the surprising resiliency of religious life, as well as in-depth profiles of ordinary people." A review in The New York Review of Books praises Maoism at the Grassroots: Everyday Life in China’s Era of High Socialism, co-edited by Luce / American Council of Learned Societies China Studies fellow Jeremy Brown.



  • October 26, 2016Theology—Art Historian Laurie Wilson speaks tonight at the New York Public Library on her upcoming book, "Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow," surveying the remarkable life and art of one of the great sculptors of the 20th century. Wilson is a contributing author to "Religion and Art in the Heart of Manhattan," an exploration of the visionary construction of Saint Peter's Church and the Louise Nevelson Chapel, published this year with support from the Theology Program.

  • October 25, 2016Asia—The Association for Asian Studies invites applicants for a workshop on New Frontiers in Asian Economic History, to take place May 11-15, 2017 at Michigan State University. This will be the first in a series of workshops on “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia,” supported by a four-year grant from the Asia Program.

  • October 22, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to Women of Abstract Expressionism at The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally organized by the Denver Art Museum with support from the Luce Fund in American Art, this is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during its seminal years.



  • October 20, 2016American Art—A new interactive website from The Phillips Collection offers a compelling look at groundbreaking artist Jacob Lawrence and his dynamic portrayals of The Great Migration, with support from the Luce Fund in American Art.



  • October 18, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Supported by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art, the exhibition explores how Voulkos reinvented his medium by defying dictums of proper technique, combining wheel throwing with slab building, traditional glazes with epoxy paint, and figuration with abstraction.



  • October 16, 2016Theology—Eastern Mennonite University welcomes Fulbright Scholar Syafaatun Almirzanah, an expert in interfaith dialogue and Muslim-Christian relations from the Department of Religious Studies of State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Almirzanah will teach or co-teach courses on comparative mysticisms, Asian history, and women, religion and social change. Her appointment is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Theology Program.

  • October 12, 2016HRLI—What is the place of shari`a law in modern politics and ethical life? A new book from Indiana University Press explores how evolving debates within contemporary Muslim societies are opening up prospects for a new era of democratic, plural, and gender-equitable Islamic ethics. The book is the fruit of a two-year research project at the Boston University Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs, supported in part by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative.



  • October 11, 2016HRLIIs Gender Violence Governable? A free public event on October 13th at the Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) explores International Feminist Regulation. The event is linked to a three-year initiative on Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • October 4, 2016American Art—There's just under one month left for current Ph.D. candidates studying American Art History to apply for a Luce / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship. The fellowships provide a one-year $30,000 stipend, as well as a $4,000 travel allowance, and are designed to advance the study and understanding of American Art.

  • September 30, 2016Asia—Happy Opening to Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th centuries, the first major exhibition in China Institute in America's new gallery space in downtown Manhattan. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.



  • September 29, 2016HRLI—How do religious beliefs and institutions approach the challenges of modernization and development? A capstone event at Georgetown University on October 3rd will highlight findings from a three-year research project conducted by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue, with support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • September 26, 2016TheologyResources for Teaching Interfaith Understanding, including syllabi, teaching suggestions, and classroom activities, are available from Interfaith Youth Core. The materials were developed through a grant from the Foundation's Theology Program.

  • September 24, 2016Theology—The unaffiliated are the fastest-growing religious group in America - but will they wield political influence? A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service offers insights into America's largest religious group - the "nones" - with funding from the Luce Foundation Theology Program.



  • September 23, 2016Foundation—We were proud to welcome Development Fellows from The Asia Foundation this week to discuss making the most of formative experiences abroad. The Development Fellows Program, launched in 2014, provides highly qualified young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of Asia's critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network to offer a multifaceted experience, involving short courses, conferences, and study tours in Asia and the U.S., to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure.



  • September 22, 2016CBL—Creighton University invites applications for a Clare Boothe Luce Faculty Chair in Computer Science, a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.

  • September 19, 2016Theology—Anger, name-calling, and division seem to be deepening in American and global life. But civil rights activist Ruby Sales, in an interview with On Being, believes that public theology may be an avenue towards forgiveness, dialog, and understanding. A new national inquiry encourages the public to share reflections on a central, universal theme - "Where Does It Hurt?" The interview is a part of On Being's project, Public Theology Reimagined, which is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Theology Program.

  • September 15, 2016Theology—A grant from the Theology Program to Yale University's Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion will support an exploration of the material, spatial and sensory aspects of religion in the Americas.

  • September 14, 2016Theology—"Perhaps they have come to different conclusions, but, when all goes well, they have done so with integrity, reason, creativity and charity. If these are not intellectual virtues that we need in our modern world, then I don’t know what are." Jonathan Sheehan, the director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, writes in the New York Times about the worth of studying theology, even in a secular classroom. The Theology Program awarded BSCR a three-year grant in 2015 for a Public Theology Program exploring new models for the study of religion in public universities.



  • September 11, 2016HRLI—Patrick Blanchfield, the new Henry Luce Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NYU Center for Religion and Media, authors his first post for The Revealer, tracking the memory of September 11th through the city’s landscape.

  • September 9, 2016AsiaNo Limits: Zao Wou-Ki opens today at Asia Society New York. Supported in part by a grant from the Asia Program to Colby College Museum of Art, the exhibition is the first U.S. retrospective of Zao's work and reveals a new, truly international side to postwar modernism.



  • September 6, 2016American Art—"Easy access to the records and images make it more likely that curators outside the immediate area will use objects in exhibitions, and that scholars will study them, bringing the story to a much wider audience." In a Q&A with Antiques And The Arts, Lacy Schutz, Executive Director of the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, discusses the creation of a publicly accessible electronic catalog of the museum's preeminent collection of Shaker art and design, and what the Shakers themselves would think of this 21st century endeavor.

  • September 5, 2016CBL—Colby College is seeking a biologist with expertise in Genomics to fill a tenure-track position as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology, to begin September 1, 2017.

  • September 4, 2016HRLI—Can religion be a force for social cohesion in conflict-affected areas? And how can international peacemakers engage religious communities and institutions in their efforts? A new report from the University of Denver, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, delves into formal initiatives to support cohesion in deeply divided societies, including Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.





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