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History Loves Company

12 days ago

Dr. Wilfred McClay’s latest book is an invitation to young and old to engage with history, and to appreciate how hope has guided an entire people over time. Knowledge of one’s history can inform a healthy patriotism that undergirds good citizenship, McClay explains in this interview with STI.

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Does Journalism Matter?

19 days ago

Columbia Journalism School professor and author Michael Schudson explains why journalism at its best is "a wonder of the world," in this interview with STI.

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Should We Welcome or Fear the Post-Pandemic Digital Panorama?

one month ago

Life under lockdown has the potential either to hasten a digital future in which our lives become tracked and monetized in unprecedented ways, or to make the public more aware of such risks and thus resistant to all things digital. Sonia Livingstone shares this blog post on these potential post-COVID-19 scenarios.

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Coronavirus ‘Infodemic’ under the Microscope

one month ago

A new Reuters Institute report reveals how citizens of six diverse countries accessed, consumed and judged media as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, and how well-informed they were by their preferred sources.

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The Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences (PASS) Advises Priority Changes Post-COVID-19

one month ago

Stefano Zamagni, Pierpaolo Donati and Ana Marta González - all STI experts - sign an open letter from PASS, as president, academician and council member, and academician, respectively. The statement, also signed by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences (PAS) urges strengthened communication and research, and global cooperation and solidarity to protect the most vulnerable.

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All Great Minds Think for Themselves

one month ago

STI extended an invitation/request to experts from various fields to offer a thought on what this global health crisis means or might mean in the future in the context of their field, and/or to society as a whole. Professors and practitioners of sociology, international relations, law, history, philosophy, media, and bioethics offered the impressions, reflections, and predictions collected below (in alphabetical order). Food for thought… 

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Don’t Expect a Wave of ‘Coronababies’ 9 Months from Now, Nor Any Time Soon

one month ago

Not only will the COVID-19 pandemic not result in the birth of ‘coronababies’ conceived in confinement, explains demographic researcher Lyman Stone, it is almost certain to produce the opposite effect. He shared his findings with housebound viewers around the globe in an April 3 Webinar titled “Will Coronavirus Boost Fertility.”

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Science and Faith: Seeking Mutually-Enhancing Engagement

3 months ago

Oxford nanophysicist Andrew Briggs joins his Oxford colleague, physicist Andrew Steane, and Princeton philosopher Hans Halvorson in a scholarly, yet also personal reflection on how scientific inquiry into the natural world is compatible with transcendence, meaning and purpose.

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The Deeper Roots of Youth Anxiety

3 months ago

Anxiety in teens is on the rise and constitutes the leading mental health issue among American youth. Frequently-cited surveys show that the number of adolescents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is growing, more and more high school seniors are reporting feeling overwhelmed, and the past-month prevalence of college students feeling “overwhelming anxiety” surpasses 40 percent.

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In Memory of Sir Roger Scruton

4 months ago

A public intellectual with an uncommon breadth of influence, the late Sir Roger Scruton’s absence will surely be widely felt. This great friend to the Social Trends Institute died January 12 at the age of 75, just six months after having been diagnosed with cancer.