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  • May 13, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing," now open at the Oakland Museum of California! Featuring approximately 100 photos, prints, and personal objects, the exhibition showcases the empathy and intimacy Lange become known for in her work as she documented American life.

  • May 13, 2017American Art—The 2017 Venice Biennale officially opens this weekend! Representing the United States is artist and activist Mark Bradford with his installation "Tomorrow is Another Day," presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Bradford has transformed the five galleries of the US Pavilion into an experiential journey that reflects his career as an artist and engages visitors in social commentary on modern America.

    “Tomorrow Is Another Day is the culmination of my personal and artistic process leading up to this incredible moment of representing the United States, but it also addresses the difficulties experienced by so many others who are trying to create foundations for themselves and find their footing.”




  • May 9, 2017Theology—Congratulations to Professor Dana L. Robert, a 2016-2017 Henry Luce III Theology Fellow (The Association of Theological Schools), who was just elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious learned societies and independent policy research centers. Robert joins many of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and philanthropic leaders as a member of AAAS.

    Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at Boston University School of Theology, and her colleagues have been effusive in their praise of her teaching accomplishments and pioneering work on the history of Christianity around the globe.


  • May 8, 2017CBL—Congratulations to Natalie Wellen, a CBL scholar, and Huilin Yang! The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seniors were among the 60 undergraduate researchers selected to present their scientific work to members of Congress last month. The Posters on the Hill event, organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, gives policy makers an opportunity to see the value of investing in research and education.

  • May 6, 2017American Art"John Graham: Maverick Modernist" opens this Sunday, May 7, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY. The exhibition features 55 paintings that span Graham's four-decade career during the first half of the twentieth century, exploring his self-reinvention from a synthetic cubist in the vein of Picasso to a painter of historicized portraits recalling older masters like Raphael and Ingres. The show is on view until July 30th.

  • May 4, 2017Asia—We are proud to support 33 scholars and their on-going research in China. Grants were awarded in three categories under the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies: Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants.

  • May 2, 2017Luce Scholars—Congratulations to Richard Jacobs and the opening of his solo exhibition "Slowly Turning Into You" at Geary Contemporary gallery in NYC! Jacobs was a 1987-1988 Luce Scholar in Bali, Indonesia where he worked at the SESRI Artists Conservatory. His recent work shifts from abstraction toward portraiture through the use of dynamic woodcut transfers.



  • May 1, 2017Theology"Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred," a four-day conference exploring creative and spiritual questions around the ethereal music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, begins today in New York City's Lincoln Center! Programs and lectures, including a concert on May 3 at the Holy Trinity Church, are open to the public.

    The event is hosted by the Sacred Arts Initiative and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.


  • April 29, 2017American Art"Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again" begins to take shape this weekend at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York! Watch as this newly commissioned series of outdoor sculptures, featuring both literal and metaphorical goats, is constructed on-site beginning April 29th and on view until September 4th.



  • April 20, 2017American Art—Congratulations to the ten recipients of 2017-2018 Luce/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowships in American Art! The fellowship program supports graduate students as they research and write their dissertations on a variety of topics in object- and image-based American art.

  • April 18, 2017HRLI—An international conference on Mountains and Sacred Landscapes begins April 20th at the New School in NYC. Scholars and attendees will explore the growing social, economic, political, and ecological challenges that mountain communities around the world now face.

    The conference will feature special presentations from the India China Institute’s three-year Sacred Himalaya Initiative, supported by the Luce Foundation. The four-day event is co-sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture; the India China Institute at The New School; Center for Latin American & Latino Studies | American University; and ICIMOD.




  • April 12, 2017Asia—At the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS)'s 2017 conference in Toronto, AAS kicked off a two-year initiative dedicated to growing the field of Timor-Leste studies in North America. Read more about the history and goals of the initiative, as well as an outline of conference highlights.

  • April 9, 2017American Art"Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" moves to the de Young Museum in San Francisco this month! Davis drew on numerous influences—jazz, advertising, popular culture, European Modernism—to develop a repertoire of work that remains relevant and resonant today. Works in the exhibition span over 40 years of his vibrant career.



  • April 6, 2017HRLI—"If we truly believe that government and civil society in countries preparing for and responding to emergencies are almost always best placed to lead those efforts—then we cannot continue to avoid an entire segment of those actors: local religious actors.”

    A newly published report from the HDS Religious Literacy Project and Oxfam concludes that in order for international humanitarian organizations to most effectively support local communities, they must develop a greater understanding of how religions function in local contexts.


  • April 5, 2017American Art"Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010" is now open at MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Originally organized by the Dia Art Foundation, this retrospective is the first of Andre's work in North America in over three decades, showcasing the artist's monumental sculptures as well as a selection of poems and photographs.



  • April 3, 2017AsiaAge of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties opens today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! Explore the birth of a unified Chinese identity through over 160+ antiquities on loan from 32 museums and institutions in China.



  • March 28, 2017HRLI—Congratulations to the first six Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs!

    “Religion so often plays a significant role in the way we understand world affairs, and therefore it is critical that we encourage scholars who focus on these issues to communicate their balanced research as widely as possible.” The program supports scholars and their study of religion in an international context and encourages opportunities to connect their research with journalists


  • March 27, 2017CBL—Abby Stylianou, a Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, is applying her skills and knowledge in computer science to fight sex trafficking. The app that she helped develop, TraffickCam, engages concerned citizens and helps law enforcement identify locations where victims have been taken. We're proud to support Abby and her on-going work!



  • March 24, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "New York Crystal Palace 1853" at Bard Graduate Center! This exhibition showcases some of the many souvenirs, inventions, and goods that were displayed at the first world's fair held in the United States. Experience the history and spectacle contained in of one of New York's first tourist attractions, the Crystal Palace, on view until July 30th.



  • March 23, 2017HRLI—Catch spiritual and folk singer Sanam Marvi and Sounds of Kolachi, a ten-piece musical ensemble, as they tour the United States for the next four weeks as part of Center Stage Pakistan. Initiated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the NEFA, Center Stage brings international artists to American communities to engage people in diverse cultural experiences.

  • March 15, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "Marsden Hartley's Maine" at The Met Breuer! Although he spent much of his career in Europe, Hartley frequently returned to his home state, which served as a prominent subject and inspiration throughout his life. The seasons, landscape, and people of Maine take center stage in the 90 paintings and drawings on display.



  • March 12, 2017Luce Scholars—Can governance reforms and policy innovations encourage greater public participation and stave off political threats in a tightly controlled system? Former Luce Scholar Edmund Malesky, former Asia Foundation Country Representative in China and Vietnam Jonathan Stromseth and co-author Dimitar Gueorguiev offer the first systematic assessment of China's recent governance reforms in their new book, China's Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State. They examine the motivations behind these policies as well as their impact across the country. The book will be available from Cambridge University Press on March 14th!



  • March 11, 2017American ArtMatisse/Diebenkorn is now open at SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art! 100 paired paintings and drawings illustrate the unmistakable influence of Henri Matisse on American artist Richard Diebenkorn's choice of subject, style, color, and technique.



  • March 10, 2017Higher Education—"The ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in business, research, and international relations in the twenty-first century."

    In response to a bipartisan Congressional request to assess the nation's language education needs, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released its final report on language learning. It outlines specific recommendations for how the U.S. can address the nation's insufficient teaching capacity and improve accessibility to foreign language education.

  • March 10, 2017American Art"Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West" opens at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo! The exhibition showcases the diverse community of artists, writers, and social reformers that Mabel Dodge Luhan brought together at her home in Taos, New Mexico. With her support and enthusiasm for the landscape and culture of the Southwest, many were inspired to create the unique body of modernist works now on view.

  • March 9, 2017Theology—Congratulations to the final class of six scholars to receive the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology! Awarded by The Association of Theological Schools, their year of study will culminate in a conference where they will each present and discuss the impact of their work on the life of the church and broader society.

  • March 8, 2017American Art—Central Park visitors in New York City can now stroll through a spooky facsimile of a Gilded Age ballroom as they make their way into or out of the park. Artist Liz Glynn's new outdoor installation "Open House" features concrete replicas of lavish Louis XIV furniture, inviting passersby to break into the once private social spaces of the wealthy elite. The piece was commissioned by the Public Art Fund with support from the American Art program.



  • March 7, 2017Theology—A campus farm, a solar array, and energy-efficient lighting are just a few of the ways that the Methodist Theological School in Ohio has made environmental action a key part of the school's message and teachings. Students and teachers will host conferences around the country to share their knowledge and experiences with other seminaries thanks to a grant from the Theology program.

  • March 3, 2017HRLI—The latest edition of HIMALAYA is available online! This issue focuses on how, in a region like the Himalaya that is experiencing extensive ecological and social change, the way in which local communities understand and practice religion on a daily basis must be considered in order to effectively engage with regional issues of sustainability. Research was conducted by The New School's India China Institute with foundation support.


  • March 1, 2017American Art—Happy Opening to "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Over 100 works by known and unknown American artists who demonstrated their genius through this oft-underappreciated medium.



  • March 1, 2017American Art—The Clark Art Institute celebrates the opening of a new home for its American decorative arts collection–the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery! The newly renovated space features more than 300 pieces of colonial to early-nineteenth-century American art, many of which have not been on display since 2012.

  • February 28, 2017HRLI—How have Americans' distinctive understanding of religion contributed to the disparities between domestic and foreign policies?

    As part of "Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad," a project at the Buffett Institute at Northwestern, The Immanent Frame is releasing a series of essays focused on “Theologies of American Exceptionalism.” Each piece engages with a pair of texts (ranging from religious sermons to judicial opinions) and discusses how American exceptionalism manifests itself in religious politics.

  • February 27, 2017CBL—We are thrilled that Clare Boothe Luce has been chosen as an inductee to the National Women's Hall of Fame! As an accomplished journalist, playwright, Congresswoman, and diplomat, the honor is well-deserved. The formal ceremony will be held this September in Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

    We are proud to continue her legacy through the Clare Boothe Luce Program, established in 1989 by her bequest "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and teach" in fields where there have been barriers to their advancement: the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

  • February 24, 2017American Art—The American Art program is proud to support the opening of "Treasures of the Southwest," a new permanent exhibit at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College featuring The Durango Collection, a comprehensive group of textiles spanning over 1,000 years of weaving in the Southwest.

    Selections from the collection, including pieces produced by Navajo, Puebloan, and Hispanic weavers, will be displayed on a rotating basis.



  • February 23, 2017HRLI—From a Christian who travels to Syria to coordinate medical aid and rebuild postwar communities to a Muslim woman who trains imams in Kabul to address women's rights in their communities, Peacemakers in Action, Volume II builds on its predecessor with new stories of women and men working to help people in conflict-ridden areas around the world. These 8 portraits provide inspiration as well as practical guides for how religion can be a force for peace.

    Produced by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, this book was published by Cambridge University Press with support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.



  • February 19, 2017CBL—Find out what a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar did during the course of her summer research program at MIT! Charlene Valdez, a senior at Trinity Washington University, describes her experience working in a cancer metabolism lab. Valdez was also invited to give a poster presentation of her work at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting in Boston.



  • February 18, 2017American Art"Women of Abstract Expressionism" at the Palm Springs Art Museum opens today! The history of Abstract Expressionism has primarily been viewed through the work of a few male artists, even though a number of women painters concurrently helped shape the movement in America during the late 1940s and 1950s. This exhibition, featuring more than fifty works by twelve artists, is the first major exhibition to highlight the contribution of women to Abstract Expressionism. Organized by the Denver Art Museum with support from the American Art program, this exhibition is on view until May 28, 2017.



  • February 15, 2017HRLI—"As an American, I do not have to lose my Muslim identity. To be an American, for me, is to be Muslim." As part of Shari'a Revoiced, a project at the UCHRI University of California Humanities Research Institute which explores how Americans navigate religious law in a secular state, scholars interviewed over one hundred Muslims in California about how they experience shari'a, or Islamic law. Read how three individuals describe what Islam means to them and how it influences their hopes and everyday decisions.

  • February 8, 2017Asia—A collaborative Task Force on US-China Policy, assembled by Asia Society's Center for US-China Relations and the University of California San Diego 21st Century China Center, released a report outlining recommendations to the Trump administration for approaching critical issues to U.S.-China relations. They underscored the need for "a revised U.S. strategy that addresses these growing concerns about China's actions without unduly damaging the benefits the U.S. stands to gain from cooperating in areas where interests still converge."

  • February 6, 2017Theology—"Given the amount of religious diversity, violence, conflict in the world, why doesn't the diversity conversation in college include more religion?" Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, describes how engaging students in positive, interfaith experiences at higher-ed institutions provides a launching pad for interfaith cooperation in the future.

  • February 5, 2017American Art"Matisse and American Art" opens at the Montclair Art Museum! Experience his undeniable influence on modern art in America through this new exhibition juxtaposing works by Matisse with those of American artists. See the adoption of his vibrant color palettes and distinctive subjects across 65 featured works. On view until June 18th.



  • February 1, 2017HRLIReligious scholars and humanitarian actors came together at a recent symposium to discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with religious leaders to support communities in need. Oxfam and the Harvard Divinity School, with Foundation support, are examining this intersection of religion and locally-led humanitarian action and will publish their research in the spring.

  • 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, 2017HRLIThe 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, 2017American 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, 2017American 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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