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  • June 27, 2018Foundation—Michael Gilligan, President of the Henry Luce Foundation since January 2003, has announced his plan to retire in the second half of 2019. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Margaret Boles Fitzgerald, Chair of the Board, expressed gratitude for his 16 years of exemplary leadership as President:
    “With deep wisdom and integrity, Michael Gilligan has led the work of the Foundation, demonstrating a faithfulness to its history and mission, as well as a capacity to bring innovation to our distinct and field-building programs.”

    In the months ahead, the Directors will conduct a search for his successor, with updates being posted here.


  • June 20, 2018CBL—The results of an extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on sexual harassment of women are now available online. The report offers analyses of current policies and detailed recommendations to institutions and legislators on how they might improve the climate in scientific fields.

  • June 16, 2018American Art—Don’t miss “The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection” at the Birmingham Museum of Art, which opens today! This collection-based exhibition features more than 175 folk art pieces from the Southeast ranging from drawings and paintings to quilts, sculptures, and functional objects, exploring themes of daily life, nature, faith, patriotism, and music.



  • June 13, 2018HRLI—A new report on Religion and Violence in Russia is now available from the Center for Strategic & International Studies. It examines instances of religious repression, propaganda, and violence and also offers prospective recommendations for policymakers.

  • June 5, 2018Asia—We’re pleased to support the Lontar Foundation and the publication of two anthologies—one of poetry, featuring more than 180 authors, and one of short stories spanning the twentieth century—available in both English and Indonesian. These translated collections present the diversity of Indonesia as well as the relationship between literature and the country’s history.



  • June 2, 2018American Art“Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” opens today at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art! The exhibition, organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts, is the first to bring together works created by the 19th-century landscape artist after his visit to sacred and historical sites in the Middle East and Mediterranean.



  • May 31, 2018American Art“Built,” a solo exhibition by artist Virginia Overton, is now on view at Socrates Sculpture Park! Overton’s work explores themes of labor, economics, and land through the transformation of found industrial materials into sculptural works.

    “Overton’s newly commissioned artworks for Socrates Sculpture Park echo our thirty-year history of transformation, reclamation, and labor that continues to be an ongoing effort here in the Park.”




  • May 29, 2018HRLI—The Council on Foreign Relations Southeast Asia program held a workshop earlier this month at which participants discussed the current political and economic state of the region. Read their analyses and recommendations for how the U.S. might respond to China’s growing influence.

  • May 26, 2018American Art—Check out the Chesterwood's new permanent collections gallery, opening today! This new space displays more than 150 works by American sculptor Daniel Chester French—many of which have never been exhibited—shedding light on his long, prolific career and creative process.

  • May 24, 2018CBL—Congratulations to Sarah Bonson, Mount St. Mary's University alum and a former Clare Boothe Luce Scholar, who was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Bonson was an accomplished undergraduate scholar and is now pursuing an advanced degree at University of Illinois Department of Chemistry.

  • May 22, 2018HRLI—In this short documentary by The Atlantic, writer and Pakistani American Wajahat Ali traveled to the West Bank to meet with Israeli Jewish settlers in the hopes of understanding their reasons for living in such a contentious corner of the world.

  • May 17, 2018American Art“Terry Adkins: Infinity is Always Less Than One” opens today at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami! The exhibition features some of Adkins’ major sculptural pieces and installations, many of which refer to or were inspired by little-known black historical and cultural figures.

  • May 11, 2018Luce Scholars— 2010-2011 Luce Scholar Oulèye N. Warnock was recently appointed Senior Human Trafficking Fellow of the city of Atlanta. In her new role, Warnock will “lead the transformation and acceleration of how the city approaches the prevention of human trafficking and the extension of support to trafficking survivors."

  • May 9, 2018American Art—We’re proud to support the Art and Civil Rights Initiative—a partnership between the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College—and two current exhibitions that have emerged from their shared collections: “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise” and “Now: The Call and Look of Freedom.”

    As vividly described in this review from The Magazine Antiques, the impressive assembly and curation of works presents “not only what the past looked like but how it looks to us today, and to go from there to what our contemporary gaze may hold for the future.”




  • May 7, 2018Theology"The Square" is a new podcast featuring conversations about the intersection of religion and public life. It is part of the Project on Religion and Its Publics at the VCSR at UVA. Recent episodes discuss current shifts in the Islamic world and how sex has brought religion and politics together.

  • May 4, 2018HRLI“Political Pluralism in the Middle East and North Africa” is a report by the The Hollings Center for International Dialogue that presents a range of perspectives on how publicly-engaged Arab citizens are thinking about and engaging questions around political pluralism. Insights are drawn from a discussion that took place between civil society leaders, activists, politicians, and journalists from the region and includes their recommendations for how to make positive progress amidst ongoing crisis and instability.

  • April 22, 2018CBL—Congratulations to Soojung Claire Hur, CBL Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University! Hur is one of six inaugural recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award, which supports women in STEM fields at key points in their research careers.

  • April 16, 2018HRLI—Congratulations to Sherine Hamdy, professor at UC Irvine School of Social Sciences and co-author of “Lissa” which was recently awarded the PROSE award for best work in cultural anthropology and sociology. The graphic novel explores the intersection of politics, healthcare, and inequality during the Arab uprisings through the story of two young girls.

    “We were inspired by all the possibilities opened up by juxtaposing image and text—comics can bring more complexity to a situation by letting us play with time, scale, and geography.”




  • April 14, 2018American Art—Happy opening to “Collecting Stories: Native American Art” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! The exhibition features works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection as well as pieces by current indigenous artists. It explores questions such as How did these objects get here? Who made them? What motivated their makers and collectors?

  • April 3, 2018HRLI—A special issue of the SAIS Review of International Affairs published by Johns Hopkins University Press focuses on “The Future of the Religious Party” with essays on Turkey, Russia, Latin America, the Arab Spring, and more.

  • March 29, 2018HRLI—Check out “Fire and Ice on the Mountain,” a short film documenting how climate change has affected Peruvian mountain communities and their spiritual relationship with the environment, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies | American University.

  • March 27, 2018American Art—Congratulations to Melissa Rachleff of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development! Rachleff will be honored with the 2018 Brendan Gill Prize by The Municipal Art Society of New York for her curation of “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965” at the Grey Art Gallery. The prize is awarded each year to the creator of a specific work that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.

  • March 17, 2018American Art—The artist’s first U.S. retrospective in more than 30 years, “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018” opens today at the Walker Art Center This comprehensive exhibition features early installations, his pioneering participatory projects, photo-based narratives, as well as recent work and artist’s books.



  • October 12, 2017Luce Scholars—Missie Rennie, Luce Scholar 1975-76, highlights the history and dynamism of the Luce Scholars program, whose mission is to enhance future leaders' understanding of Asia. Since launching in 1974, the program has organized work opportunities for and placed more than 700 men and women—including doctors, artists, journalists, scientists, and lawyers—in 17 different countries. The Luce Foundation is honored and excited to be recognized by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle for this ongoing commitment.

    “It opened doors to ways of seeing the world and forever informed my work, my life, and my family’s life, which is heavily influenced by my profound early experience in Asia.”


  • October 9, 2017Asia—This past weekend, Southeast Asia scholars from around the Northwest convened at the University of Puget Sound for the 2017 LIASE Southeast Asia Symposium, the theme of which was Culture & Sustainability in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. Featuring student presentations, workshops, and cultural performances, the annual symposium gives the university’s LIASE program an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with the greater campus community.

  • October 8, 2017HRLI—As part of their program "On Religion," which supports collaborations between photographers and interdisciplinary teams to produce documentary projects on religion, the Magnum Foundation hosted a presentation by grantee Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Rasheed discussed her iterative archive project, Mapping the Spirit, in which she seeks to document the spiritual life of people of African descent in the US.

  • October 6, 2017Asia“Art and China after 1989,” a new exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, examines two transformative decades sandwiched by the end of the Cold War in 1989 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This ambitious show includes 147 works by more than 70 artists who employed both traditional and experimental media such as film, installation, and performance art to respond to the rise of China as a new world power and the growing influence of globalization.



  • October 6, 2017Asia“Flash of Light, Fog of War” opens today at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC at Chapel Hill! The exhibition features dynamic woodblock prints by Japanese printmakers who used this traditional technique at the turn of the 20th century to depict modern battle scenes and war technology.



  • October 4, 2017Asia—The LARB China Channel, which announced its soft launch last week, aims to shed light on topics and facets of greater China, going beyond trending news, politics, and policy. Articles will include book reviews, original essays, and translated stories in the hopes of giving readers a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, society, and history.

  • October 2, 2017HRLI—Through a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Professors Winni Sullivan and Beth Hurd have developed an exciting new online resource of teaching materials on law and religion at Northwestern University. Designed for teachers, students, scholars, researchers, and policymakers, this collection of materials includes analysis of legal case studies and background materials from different parts of the world. The aim is to provide a series of templates for thinking and teaching creatively and comparatively about law, religion, culture and politics—and their complex intersections—in a variety of distinctive contexts.

  • September 29, 2017Asia—Since its first grants were awarded in 2011, the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) has sought to encourage innovative approaches to teaching and research in Asian Studies through the lens of the environment and sustainable development. Six years and five rounds of competition later, we are excited to assemble representatives from 23 institutions for the 2017 LIASE Conference in St. Paul, MN to exchange ideas and celebrate the varied work being done by our grantees.

  • September 27, 2017Theology—Scholars gathered to discuss new approaches to theological education as part of a project based at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bringing together consultants with varied perspectives on theological education will allow scholars to focus on best practices and learn from one another as they explore alternative methods of teaching and examine different approaches to expanding diversity.

  • September 26, 2017American Art—We’re excited to support the American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery, which opens today in Long Island City, Queens, NY! This new space is dedicated to presenting work from the museum’s permanent collection—including over 8000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, furniture, ceramics, and quilts—beginning with selections from the landmark touring exhibition “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum.”

  • September 23, 2017American Art“Renewing What They Gave Us” opens today at the Minnesota Historical Society! Original beadwork, birch bark, and textile artworks by the museum’s five Native American artists-in-residence will be on display alongside traditional works from the permanent collection.



  • September 16, 2017CBL—The National Women's Hall of Fame honors Clare Boothe Luce and nine other inspiring women at the official induction ceremony, today in Seneca Falls, NY! We are proud to honor her legacy through the Clare Boothe Luce program, which has supported the advancement of women in STEM fields through nearly $180M in grants.



  • September 12, 2017Theology—Join the Vanderbilt Divinity School as it launches the Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative project which will bring together clergy, activists, and scholars committed to ending racism. The Collaborative invites the public to attend its official launch event on September 28th.

  • September 11, 2017Asia—Celebrate the launch of the Transpacific Literary Project by the Asian American Writers' Workshop! This new initiative will publish work from across East and Southeast Asia.

  • September 10, 2017CBL—The Class of 2021 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) includes 44% women, the most gender-balanced class in its history! The Clare Boothe Luce Program is proud to support the institution’s ongoing efforts to attract and nurture women in STEM.

  • September 1, 2017Higher Education—With a grant from the foundation’s Higher Education program, the Thriving Cities Lab at UVA’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture will research and assess the effectiveness of university-community partnerships in tackling urban problems. How are they set up? How well do they work? How well do they gather and utilize community knowledge?

    “The aim is to ensure that our communities really do flourish and that these university-community partnerships work for both parties.”


  • August 29, 2017CBL—We are thrilled for Lauren Benz, Associate Professor at University of San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry and a former Clare Boothe Luce Professor, who has been honored with the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award! The prize recognizes achievement in both teaching and research, a balance epitomized by Benz’s numerous awards for her work in the field of chemistry and her dedication to mentoring post-doc fellows and women in STEM.

  • August 28, 2017HRLI—The International Center for Journalists used a grant from the Foundation’s Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to develop a fellowship program for journalists reporting on religious issues across the globe. A compendium of the resulting stories is available online.

  • August 27, 2017American ArtThe Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership between the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, will combine both institution’s art collections and cultural resources to expand community engagement and develop new programming that fosters intellectual exchange and constructive dialogue about civil rights and social justice.

  • August 25, 2017Theology—A grant to Boston University School of Theology will support two joint projects with Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership. The Journal of Interreligious Studies and its offshoot publication, State of Formation, focus on informing public discourse and building a collaborative communication network among scholars.

  • August 22, 2017CBL—Congratulations to Stephanie Law, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware! Law has been selected to receive an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy and will use the award to continue her research on the optical properties of topological insulators.

  • August 21, 2017HRLI“Religion, Identity and Gender”—volume 2 of the “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia” book series—is now available online as an ebook, as well as for purchase on Amazon. Produced by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, this collection of articles examines the interaction between religion, state and society as it pertains to issues such as gender relations, identity formation, and women organizations.



  • August 17, 2017HRLI—John Carlson, Director of Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, discusses the center’s recent efforts to approach religious understanding through an interdisciplinary lens and to enable journalists and religious scholars to learn from one another. Their work is supported by a grant from the Luce / American Council of Learned Societies Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs.

    “Both academics and journalists are writers and interpreters of culture, but they do it on different timelines and using different tools. Both professions should be committed to improving knowledge about religion in ways that are meaningful and accessible to the larger public.”


  • August 15, 2017Theology—With support from the Theology program, Duquesne University is launching a new project—Catholicism and the Common Good. Under the University’s Center for Catholic Faith and Culture, this project aims to support greater dialogue and collaboration between scholars, religious leaders, and academic administrators across disciplinary and religious lines.

  • August 11, 2017HRLI—In a moving and eye-opening piece about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, FRONTLINE journalists expose some of the devastating effects of the war between Saudi Arabia and Iran on vulnerable civilians in the Middle East.

    “People are not seeing what’s going on. We’re talking thousands of civilian dead.”


  • August 10, 2017Higher Education—University of California, Irvine’s Humanities Out There Public Fellows Program pairs Ph.D. students with local organizations in an effort to bring scholars' expert knowledge to the public while giving them exposure to potential careers outside academia. “As the number of humanities Ph.D. students nationwide continues to outpace the faculty positions available, UCI is creating new opportunities for its doctoral students to explore professions beyond academia.”

  • August 7, 2017Theology—The Christian-Muslim Studies Network at the School Of Divinity, New College, University Of Edinburgh will host its inaugural conference in Edinburgh this September! The conference will include scholars from around the world to discuss and explore “Reframing Christian-Muslim Encounter: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives.”

  • July 31, 2017Theology—How can faculty create respectful classroom atmospheres for diverse faith perspectives? The Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core recently approached this question and others at a 5-day seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding at DePaul University. Faculty members gathered together to share experiences and discuss development of new courses and resources.

  • July 26, 2017CBL—We are excited to share that Megan O. Conrad, Ph.D., has been appointed the Clare Boothe Luce Professor in Engineering at University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Conrad was previously a CBL Graduate Fellow and will now serve as a mentor to other women in STEM while leading the university’s Assistive Technology program.

  • July 16, 2017Luce Scholars—2016-2017 Luce Scholar Gracelee Lawrence caps off her Luce Scholar year with a solo exhibition, When Watched, which will be presented at Bridge Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand, in August. This group of work references the increasing distance between humanity and physical reality and focuses on the idea of the plane and the flattened image in digital space through drawings and videos.

    When Watched will be Lawrence’s third show this summer, following another solo exhibition, And She Was, at Rumpueng Art Space in Chiang Mai and a group exhibition, To Meet in the Clouds, that she curated at Chiang Mai University Art Museum. And She Was featured wall-based sculptural work and videos that Lawrence created while living in Thailand while To Meet in the Clouds presented the work of seven emerging artists from across the United States based around the idea of distance and connection.



  • "How to Make the Tears Fall Slower"
    Video still; 2017.

  • July 14, 2017Asia—With support from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE), Swarthmore College and the other colleges of the Tri-College Consortium have expanded their co-taught, interdisciplinary offerings. These include four unique courses on Asia and the environment, which also include a travel and field research component.

    “It’s exciting to see students engaging with topics on many levels. Courses like these help students look at the world in new ways.”


  • July 13, 2017American Art—What did it mean to be a Black artist in the United States during the Civil Rights movement? Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, newly opened at the Tate Modern, explores how artists responded to the social struggles of this historic era. The exhibition features over 150 works by more than 60 artists from across the country and includes portraits of iconic figures, local murals, abstract paintings, sculptures, and photographs.



  • July 12, 2017Theology—This past year, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion hosted a series of lectures and workshops exploring the role of religion in the world under its Luce-supported Public Theology Program. Topics included the study of vernacular Christian texts from the Middle Ages and a discussion around European reception of East Asian thought. The Theology Program is excited to support further education, research, and public outreach by the center through a multi-year grant.

  • June 30, 2017American Art—The American Art Program is proud to support a stunning, long-term installation of works by light-and-space artist James Turrell as part of MASS MoCA’s new expansion. Nine of the artist’s light-oriented environments, which span his entire career, are on view in the new addition, Building 6, as part of a 25-year partnership with the museum to exhibit his work.



  • June 29, 2017HRLI—A new e-Book from the British Council USA presents the work of the organization and its transatlantic partner institutions for the Bridging Voices program. For the past three years, selected universities, think tanks, and NGO’s hosted numerous dialogues and public events across the US and Europe in order to encourage dialogue, understanding, and collaboration between policymakers and academics in the field of religion and international affairs. The e-book details each partner's findings and contributions.

  • June 20, 2017Asia—A new online publication from the Claremont Colleges has released its first issue of student and faculty scholarship. EnviroLab Asia—the name of both the journal and the consortium-wide project—is supported by the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE). Working with partner institutions like Yale-NUS College in Singapore, students and faculty explore environmental issues in Asia through multidisciplinary courses, research, and regional visits.

  • June 18, 2017American Art—Extremely proud to have supported SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's exhibition "Bruce Conner: It's All True" and its accompanying catalogue which was honored as the 2017 Dedalus Foundation Exhibition Catalogue Award Winner! The retrospective catalogue "offers a rigorous accounting and analysis of a pivotal American artist whose pioneering work in various media...continues to exert tremendous influence on artists working today."

  • June 16, 2017Asia—With support from the Foundation's Asia program as well as local partners, Ping Pong Productions brought the Pulitzer-winning drama "Disgraced" to 14 academic and cultural institutions in China. In addition to the staged performances, the traveling company engaged with more than 10,000 students through acting workshops and group discussions, exploring topics of race and religion in America.

    "I haven’t seen any Chinese stage play like yours that talks about controversial issues in such a direct way. It had such an impact on me... Chinese media has never focused on these things. I really hope there are more American dramas that come to China and go to universities to awake students (to better understand society)."




  • June 15, 2017Luce ScholarsA new theatrical project by 2016-2017 Luce Scholar Evan Silver premieres on June 17th and 18th, 2017. In collaboration with artists from across Indonesia, "The Heron & the Fish," directed by Silver, incorporates music, puppetry, and dance to retell a traditional folk tale from Central Java. "The story follows a harebrained tyrant who stirs up fraudulent fantasies and age-old resentments against the outliers among us." Silver has been living in Bali for the last ten months with artist residencies at Rumah Sanur Creative Hub and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts. In this latest production, Silver unites his interest in human constancy and variation with his love of folklore and his experiences studying traditional Balinese performing arts.

    Performances will take place on June 17th at 5:30PM in the Teater Beji at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts (Batuan) and on June 18th at 5:30PM in the Wantilan Water Garden at the ARMA Resort (Ubud).


  • June 13, 2017HRLI—The American Council of Learned Societies has awarded grants to three universities through the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. Arizona State University, Northwestern University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison have all received funding to support academic and public programming that will encourage collaboration between journalists and religious scholars, providing venues for participants to exchange skills and expertise while providing the public with greater understanding of religion in global affairs.

  • June 9, 2017American Art—A new exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum explores the relationship between novelist Henry James and the visual arts. “Henry James and American Painting,” which opens today, includes a portrait by friend John Singer Sargent, alongside James memorabilia and works by other American painters who, like James, found inspiration and settled in Europe during the late 19th century.



  • June 5, 2017HRLI—The Revealer at NYU Center for Religion and Media and the Magnum Foundation have teamed up to create a joint publication featuring a series of visual documentaries by photographers and collaborating artists, journalists, academics, and creative technologists. Selected teams traveled to locations across the globe to capture images of religious life.

  • June 4, 2017Theology—As the role of religion in society is shaped more and more by modern media, scholars have had to reexamine how they study and discuss religion. A new project at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Media, Religion and Culture is building a collaborative network of researchers and practitioners to investigate the evolution of religious scholarship in the digital age.



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