Politics

Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, details the intricacies of whistle-blowing, the moral risk-taking that is involved, and the contours of judging whether or not a disclosure is justified: So long as there are secrets, whistle-blowing will remain a...
In the West, when non-white men are implicated in cases of sexual harassment and violence, the debate inevitably is much less about the nature of gender-based violence and its systemic presence in our societies, and much more about the "evidence" these cases provide for claims...
Michael Walzer , Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, joins Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY in a discussion of the American left's approach to foreign policy and his latest book A Foreign Policy for the Left (Yale University Press, January 2018), which...
Free speech makes no distinctions as to quality; academic freedom does. Are all opinions equally valid in a university classroom? Are professors being "ideological" when they refuse to accept the Bible as scientific evidence? What, then, becomes of certified professorial expertise? Does the university have...
“There is a longstanding commitment to the notion that the French do gender relations differently — especially from prudish Americans — and that has to do with the French understanding of seduction,” said Joan Scott , Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science...
"At choral concerts, we expect to be soothed." So said composer David Lang, the Institute's Artist-in-Residence, at a concert where his music promised nothing of the kind. This Pulitzer Prize winner was discussing his choral work National Anthems , an amalgam of the bloodier words...
Artist-in-Residence David Lang discussed the power of political music and what makes it successful with Joshua Barone of the New York Times, saying, "It’s very hard to have a kind of music that changes someone’s mind without really noticing it. A really incredible...
Joan Wallach Scott , Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, discusses the threats to academic freedom that exist in the current political atmosphere with Bill Moyers, former White House Press Secretary, saying: "The thing about education — and why I’m so passionate...
Former Member and 2010 Fields Medalist Cédric Villani sat down with Science Magazine 's Elisabeth Pain to discuss his involvement in French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist and reformist party, La République En Marche! Q: What do you hope to achieve in the National...
Current enthusiasm towards Israel is largely driven by the defence sector, business groups, and policy think-tanks. One of the dominant arguments is that India can benefit a lot in areas such as defense, agriculture, trade, technology-driven development, etc. Hence, India’s policy towards Israel should be...
Eric Maskin , Professor in the School of Social Science from 2000–2011 and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences in 2007, and Amartya Sen, Institute Trustee (1987–1994) and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences in 1998, return to their recent essay “ The Rules of...
Christopher R. Browning , Member (1994–95) in the School of Historical Studies, examines Hitler: Ascent 1889–1939 by Volker Ullrich in relation to the current political situation in the United States, writing "in early 2017 it is impossible for an American to read the...