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Council Update Banner May 2011

A Portrait of California Released

A Portrait of California Book CoverA Portrait of California goes beyond the state’s fiscal and budgetary woes to examine the well-being of its people using the American Human Development Index, a measure based on official government data on health, education, and living standards.

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The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is pleased to announce its 2011 cohort of fellows. Sixty-two students were selected in five emerging research fields. The DPDF Program has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 2006, with funding renewed this spring.

The Inter-Asia Program is now accepting research paper submissions from individuals in any world region to participate in a 3-day thematic workshop at an international conference, Inter-Asian Connections III: Hong Kong. Deadline: June 24th, 2011.

Seventy-eight graduate students were recently awarded the 2011 International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation since 1997, the IDRF program has funded more than 600 projects, with research spanning the globe.

A Conference on Spirituality, Political Engagement, and Public Life will be held June 3-4 at Columbia University. Invited papers will address questions of spirituality in politics, culture, and the media as well as the meaning of the "public sphere" and civil religion. Free and open to the public.

Program Director Richard Arum recently gave a talk at the Council about his co-authored book, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. The book's controversial findings have been discussed in The New York Times, Miller-McCune, the Christian Science Monitor, and on PBS.

2008 Abe Fellow Stéphanie Giry recently won an Overseas Book Club award for her piece, "Cambodia’s Perfect War Criminal," in the New York Review of Books Blog.

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