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Measure of America in Community Conversation

One In SevenMeasure of America continues to stimulate fact-based dialogue on issues of well-being across the United States. The new report One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas has been featured in a range of media outlets, including the Atlantic, EdSource, the Detroit Free Press, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Huffington Post. Recently updated for 2012, the program’s Opportunity Index offers an annual snapshot of community opportunity, giving leaders in all sectors a way to track progress and measure the effectiveness of their efforts. Also in the news, program codirector Sarah Burd-Sharps commented on new census statistics for the Washington Post and public radio’s Marketplace.

The digital forum African Futures, which explores protest movements and resistance to authoritarian rule across the African continent, has a new look and a new home, relaunching with an essay by Andrew Lawrence and reports on protest developments in Mauritania, Gabon, and Togo.

New Directions in the Study of Prayer has selected twenty-eight grantees, including scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology, as well as a small number of journalists. The project aims to generate innovative research on practices of prayer and to foster the development of an interdisciplinary network of scholars engaged in the study of prayer.

The Eurasia Program is featuring online profiles of their current fellows, who have received predissertation, dissertation development, and postdoctoral research support for Eurasian studies within the disciplines of anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology.

The Eurasia Program cohosted the conference Labor Migration in Eurasia: Links to Global Migration and Human Security Trends at the Kennan Institute in Washington, DC.

Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum deputy director Tatiana Carayannis spoke on "New Directions in China-Africa Knowledge Production and Networks" at a seminar on The Future of China in Africa at the Danish Institute for International Studies.

2009 Eurasia Dissertation Fellow Jeremy Friedman briefed State Department officials on the nature of China’s challenge to the Soviet position in the developing world in the 1960s and ’70s, the Soviet response, and potential lessons for the United States in managing the geopolitical implications of China’s rise.

Akeel Bilgrami has extended his response to Uday Singh Mehta on questions of truth and fraternity for The Immanent Frame’s series Secularism: Its Content and Context.

Two recent books from the Religion and the Public Sphere program, The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society and What Matters? Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age, were reviewed by James S. Bielo for the Revealer.

Proposals Due Soon: the Eurasia Program’s Crossing Boundaries workshop (October 1), the Inter-Asia Program’s Conference on Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul (October 2), and the DPDF Faculty Field Competition (October 3).

Fellowship Deadlines on the Horizon: the Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Grants (November 1), the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (November 7), the Eurasia Program fellowships (December 1), and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa fellowships (December 1).

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