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An overview of fall 2019

  As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to remember some of the highlights of the past semester. On September 19, Presidential Professor of History Emerita of Baruch College Carol Berkin gave our annual Constitution Day lecture in the sanctuary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. In an engaging discussion of the […]

Ruth Grant: A Conference

In an essay discussing the relationship between political theory and political science, Duke Professor Emerita of Political Science Ruth W. Grant wrote that, “humanities research uses resources from the past to open possibilities, construct alternative, or generate new insights.”[1] This quote—intended to clarify the difference between humanistic and scientific inquiry—also sums up Grant’s scholarship, which […]

Recent books by AVI fellows

We are excited to announce that four alumni of AVI’s postdoctoral fellowship program have published books in 2019 (read summaries of the books below). The diverse topics of these books—from an examination of the ways in which autobiographical writings might inform democratic politics to an analysis of religious leaders who sought to shape how Americans […]