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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere

Power of Religion Book CoverThe Power of Religion in the Public Sphere, featuring chapters by Judith Butler, J├╝rgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Cornel West, has been published by Columbia University Press/SSRC. The book is edited by Jonathan VanAntwerpen and Eduardo Mendieta, with an afterword by Craig Calhoun. Other recent publications include Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (Diana Rhoten and Craig Calhoun, eds., Columbia/SSRC), and French and Spanish translations of HIV/AIDS, Security and Conflict: New Realities, New Responses (by Alex de Waal, Jennifer F. Klot, et al., SSRC Report).

For analysis of the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, see the following SSRC resources:

Application deadlines are approaching for workshop directors for the conference on Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong (March 10), and for participants in the 2011 Religion and International Affairs Dissertation Workshop (March 15) and the Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop (April 27).

Program Director Diana Rhoten and Board of Directors member John Seely Brown were recently interviewed in connection with the PBS series on Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century.

The Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program recently hosted a Postdoctoral Fellows Retreat. Over 100 SSRC-Mellon fellows gathered to participate in professionalization workshops in San Diego, CA. The keynote address was given by Evelynn Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College and former member of the SSRC Board of Directors.

The Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative has released cross-country datasets and research papers based on the Social and Economic Rights Fulfillment Index. The Index measures state compliance with economic and social rights obligations guaranteed under international law.

On March 1 the American Human Development Project will deliver a briefing to members of Congress on the findings of The Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience (NYU Press/SSRC). Representative Chris Murphy (D-CT) will speak. Also, William Easterly recently dug in to AHDP's powerful data visualization tools to illustrate "Third World America" at his blog, Aid Watch.

There will be a book launch event March 9 for Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, an SSRC project that is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies.

Academically Adrift, a book recently co-written by Program Director Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, continues to have an impact on the national conversation about higher education. It currently ranks 7th in the education category on and entered its overall top 100 list in January. Media coverage has included The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Christian Scientist Monitor, USA Today, CNN, ABC News, NPR, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and others.
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