- September 30, 2016—Asia—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, 2016—HRLI—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, 2016—Theology—Resources 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, 2016—Theology—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, 2016—Foundation—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, 2016—CBL—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, 2016—Theology—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, 2016—Theology—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, 2016—Theology—"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, 2016—HRLI—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, 2016—Asia—No 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, 2016—American 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, 2016—CBL—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, 2016—HRLI—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.
- August 31, 2016—HRLI—How do contemporary American Muslims experience and interact with Islamic Law? "Shari'a Revoiced" is a three-year collaborative project at the UCHRI University of California Humanities Research Institute, involving interviews and discussions with Quranic study circles, youth organizations, workplaces, community centers, and families across California. The project is supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.
- August 28, 2016—American Art—The American Council of Learned Societies is currently accepting applications for the Henry Luce Foundation / American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art. The fellowships provide ten graduate students at any stage of PhD dissertation research or writing with a $30,000 stipend and up to $4,000 as a travel and research allowance, and supports projects that advance the understanding of American Art and Art History.
- August 27, 2016—HRLI—The American Academy of Religion has awarded an AAR/Luce Fellowship to Todd Green of Luther College. The fellowship will fund Dr. Green to work as a Franklin Fellow for the Office of Policy and Global Issues in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Green is on leave from his position as Associate Professor of Religion, where his research focuses on Islamophobia, secularization, and interfaith dialogue. Says AAR Executive Director Jack Fitzmier, "The AAR‑Luce Fellows Program aims to facilitate lines of communication so that scholarship and critical, analytical perspectives are more readily accessible to policymakers attempting to address issues in parts of the world where the role of religion may be unclear.”
- August 25, 2016—Theology—A new Virtual Reading Room makes the HMML Hill Museum & Manuscript Library's extraordinary collection of historic manuscripts publicly accessible. A part of Saint John's University, HMML houses the world's largest collection of images of manuscripts from Europe, Ethiopia, the Middle East, and India. The Virtual Reading Room is supported in part by a grant from the Theology Program.
- August 24, 2016—Theology—Religion and Art in the Heart of Manhattan: a new book from Routledge Press looks at the construction of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and the Louise Nevelson Chapel within the Citibank tower in the 1970s, exploring the interaction of religion, community, urbanism, and art in a modern, multifaith world.
- August 19, 2016—Theology—"By focusing on sound, we hope to investigate what constitutes religious practices in everyday lives... Sound invites us to think more expansively about where religion happens."
Supported by a grant from the Foundation's Theology Program and based out of Michigan State University and The Ohio State University, the American Religious Sounds Project will create a sonic archive documenting the diversity of American religious practice through field recordings, interviews, oral histories, and other related materials.
- August 18, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art program to the Bates College Museum of Art will help complete the digitization of the museum's Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, which includes over 250 objects from the artist's personal collection, ranging from travel souvenirs to personal photographs to sketchbooks, artwork, and memorabilia spanning 75 years and three continents.
- August 16, 2016—Asia—What are the historical legacies of Christianity in East Asia? A new collaborative international research project, based out of The USF Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco, will develop this growing field of scholarship through workshops, fellowships, and publications, with support from the Foundation's Asia Program.
- August 15, 2016—Luce Scholars—"It’s impossible to understate the power of seeing “non-normative” gymnasts publicly celebrated as the remarkable athletes they are, of seeing Team USA, so uniquely rich in representation, shore up a dynasty in gymnastics."
2015-2016 Luce Scholar Brandon Tensley's piece in TIME explores the importance of diversity in a rarefied sport like gymnastics. Brandon spent the past year working as a journalist with a placement at The Irrawaddy news magazine in Thailand.
- August 10, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art program to the Alice Austen House Museum will help to catalogue and digitize an extraordinary collection of photographs, documenting everyday life in New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- July 29, 2016—HRLI—“At a time when religion is both a source of hope and an excuse for conflict in America and abroad, we’re eager to expand our coverage in order to help readers make sense of a changing world.” A grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the Atlantic Monthly Group will support expanded coverage of religion, particularly religion in under-reported regions across the globe.
- July 22, 2016—Theology—America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. How is that fact affecting politics, faith, and social values in the United States? Hailed by The New York Times Review of Books as “quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year,” Robert P. Jones's The End of White Christian America draws on years of data collected by the Public Religion Research Institute with support from the Foundation's Theology Program.
- July 20, 2016—HRLI—"Religion and public policy is a subject that is rarely addressed directly in the media and yet it’s all around us." Religion in the Public Sphere, a new e-book from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting offers a transcript of a day-long conference on Religion in the Public Sphere, hosted at Washington University in St. Louis this Spring. Topics include religion's role in environmental movements, in the struggle for reproductive rights, and in assimilation.
- July 18, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art Program to the Asheville Art Museum will support a vastly expanded installation of the museum’s holdings, including Eastern Cherokee arts, North Carolina studio crafts, and art from Black Mountain College. Says the Museum's Executive Director Pamela Myers, "the New Museum and the New Permanent Collection installation and first catalogue of the collection will present extraordinary opportunities for longtime residents, newcomers and visitors to be inspired and engaged with art of America and art of the region."
- July 8, 2016—HRLI—A grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to New York University's Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics will support a project exploring religious communities' responses to the ongoing humanitarian crisis of Central American migrants on their northward journey towards the United States.
- July 1, 2016—American Art—"Craft has never really been about medium, but rather about what those medium-based practices represent: skill, individuality, community and tradition. What holds craft apart and gives it meaning in the machine age is that it remains unabashedly human, like us." The newly reinstalled permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. explores the meaning of craft in a digital age. The reinstallation was supported by a grant from the Foundation's American Art program to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.
- June 27, 2016—Luce Scholars—The 2016-2017 class of Luce Scholars flies to Asia today. We wish them a transformative year.
- June 22, 2016—American Art—A grant from the American Art program to the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon will create a publicly accessible electronic catalog of the museum's preeminent collection of over 17,000 pieces of Shaker arts and design. The project will offer researchers, teachers, students, artists and craftspeople access to an extraordinary collection.
- June 21, 2016—Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $7,000,000 in grants to 17 institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fostering 21st century leaders and to bringing high quality scholarship into public discourse. Four grants from the American Art Program will support expansion and digitization projects, broadening public access to collections that are of critical importance to the history of American Art. Grants from the Asia Program will support postdoctoral teaching fellowships and offer opportunities for academic exchanges and policy dialogues between East Asia and the U.S. Five grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs will fund expanded media coverage of religion’s role in public life and research focused on the Middle East and Central America. A grant from the Higher Education Program furnishes renewed support to leadership training sessions organized by the Society of Women Engineers, while four grants from the Theology Program will support innovative approaches to the study of religion and to religious leadership development. In total, these seventeen grants advance the Foundation’s efforts to deepen scholarly and public understanding from a variety of disciplinary, geographic and religious perspectives. Read more.
- June 14, 2016—HRLI—Magnum Foundation is accepting proposals from photographers interested in partnering with other creative practitioners on projects exploring the many roles religion plays in contemporary, global society. The program is supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.
- Jun 12, 2016—American Art—Happy Opening to Jasper Johns + Edvard Munch at The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway! The exhibition explores how Munch's visual experiments and primal emotional imagery influenced Johns, a master of late 20th century painting. Supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art to the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition will travel there in November of 2016.
- June 17, 2016—Asia—"Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei" opens today at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The exhibition features more than 150 objects that once belonged to China's emperors, masterpieces from multiple dynasties which were conveyed to Taiwan in 1949 and which now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. On view through September 18th, the exhibition was supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.
- Jun 12, 2016—American Art—"Women of Abstract Expressionism" opens today at the Denver Art Museum. This groundbreaking exhibition marks the first time that the included artists have been presented together. On view through September 25th, the exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- Jun 10, 2016—American Art—"Davis invented a vocabulary that harnessed the grammar of abstraction to the speed and simultaneity of modern America." Stuart Davis: In Full Swing opens today at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with support from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- June 9, 2016—HRLI—Senegal is often recognized for its unique religious landscape, marked by four main Sufi orders and a long commitment to interfaith dialogue. Senegal’s religious communities have been the subject of much study, but the considerable contributions of religious actors to the country's political and economic are not as well understood. “Faith and Development in Focus: Senegal” provides a comprehensive overview of the country’s religious landscape, the influence of religion in Senegalese daily life, and key sectors for faith-inspired engagement. The project was supported in part by a grant to the The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs from the Foundation's Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.
- June 7, 2016—Asia—For decades, the study of Theravada Buddhism was divided by national, linguistic, and disciplinary borders. Now, the Theravada Civilizations Project at Arizona State University is bringing together scholars from different backgrounds to share their perspectives and research. A new Grant Spotlight offers a look at how an innovative project is revitalizing the study of a major religion.
- June 6, 2016—HRLI—The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the inaugural cohort of grantees for the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA). RJIA grants provide support for programming that connects scholarship on religion to journalism training and practice. The program received a two-year grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2015.
- June 4, 2016—HRLI—'A Stray,' the story of a Somali immigrant in Minneapolis who finds himself caught between a new faith, old friends, and political and economic pressures, will screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 18th. Supported in part by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the Independent Feature Project, the film offers a compelling look at an underrepresented community.
- May 27, 2016—Asia—Many congratulations to the 37 scholars selected this year for the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies. Supported in part by recurring grants from the Foundation's Asia Program, the China Studies Program fosters new scholarship through Predissertation Summer Travel Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants.
- May 26, 2016—Foundation—“This is about the capacity for empowerment, for empowering the very folks who call upon and desperately want your leadership.”
The Foundation's President Michael Gilligan delivered the commencement address last Friday at Hartford Seminary, offering his insights into the meaning of leadership and service in a complex, diverse, and interconnected world.
- May 24, 2016—Asia—Thousands of historic Thai manuscripts have been digitized and are now available to the public through the University of Pennsylvania's Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts, supported in part by a grant from the Foundation's Asia Program.
- May 22, 2016—American Art—Mabel Dodge Luhan's home in Taos, New Mexico was the place where Ansel Adams decided to take up photography and where Georgia O'Keeffe began her first painting of a Southwest landscape. The artistic community that Luhan fostered in New Mexico was as important as the expatriate community in Paris in shaping American modernism - but has been far less studied. A new exhibition at The Harwood Museum of Art features works from the artists Mabel supported, presented in relation to works by Pueblo and Hispano artists. The show offers a seminal exploration of the cultural exchange that lay behind Southwest Modernism. "Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West," which will run through September 11th before traveling to the Albuquerque Museum of Art, was supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund in American Art.
- May 14, 2016—American Art—The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens today after a major renovation and expansion. A grant from the American Art Program supported the reinstallation of the permanent collection.
- May 13, 2016—Luce Scholars—"The Islamic State’s butchery and takeover of territory in Iraq and Syria dominate the headlines, but a much less violent yet little-known conflict exists in Indonesia, where more Muslims live than in all of the Middle East." 1985-86 Luce Scholar Margaret Scott, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NYU's Wagner School, offers an analysis of three recent works on Indonesia in The New York Review of Books. Scott spent her Luce Scholar Year in Hong Kong, on a placement with the Far Eastern Economic Review.
- May 13, 2016—Foundation—The Foundation's President, Dr. Michael Gilligan, will deliver the commencement address today at Hartford Seminary.
- May 12, 2016—LIASE Program—Save the Date: a September 28th to October 1st conference in St. Paul, MN, will bring together key representatives from colleges and universities involved in the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment. The conference will provide an opportunity to feature the varied and singular work being done and to strengthen the LIASE network.
- May 11, 2016—Luce Scholars—
1998-1999 Luce Scholar Joshua Kurlantzick is a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. A grant from the Foundation's Asia Program helped to launch research and programming on Southeast Asia at the Council in 2008, and the program has since renewed its support with further grants in 2011 and 2016. Kurlantzick, who spent his Luce Scholar year with the Bangkok Post in Thailand, has recently authored State Capitalism: How the Return of Statism is Transforming the World, published this April by Oxford University Press.
- May 7, 2016—Asia—Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road opens today at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Three full-size replicas of the caves from the UNESCO world heritage site, hand painted by artists at the Dunhuang Academy, are on view in the Getty plaza, allowing visitors to experience the stunning religious, artistic and cultural exchanges that occurred along the Silk Road. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Asia program.
- May 6, 2016—Higher Education—Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) has announced the recipients of the 2016 HERS / CBL Scholarships, which will allow 12 women to participate in special, STEM-focused versions of HERS' Summer Leadership Institutes. The program is supported by a grant from the Higher Education Program, made in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Clare Boothe Luce Program.
- May 5, 2016—Foundation—Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mina Camacho joining the Foundation's staff, with a special grant in her honor to the recipient of her choice.