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  • 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"
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  • 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.

  • May 28, 2017Asia—The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. is launching a new initiative to make courses for less commonly taught languages (LCTL) more widely available. The program will expand on existing efforts to expand distance-learning opportunities and exchanges between institutions through an online database of language offerings.

  • May 26, 2017American Art"A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945" opens today at the Portland Museum of Art! Co-organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, this exhibition showcases the work of four European-born artists who lived in the United States during both World Wars—Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach. For the first time, visitors will be able to explore the unique interplay of modern, classical, and popular influences drawn upon by each sculptor during this turbulent era.



  • May 19, 2017American Art—Now open at the Harvard Art Museums, "The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820" reunites over 100 works that were once housed in The Philosophy Chamber, a grand space at the center of campus that once served as the center of artistic and intellectual life in New England. This diverse collection of paintings, natural specimens, Native American artifacts, and ancient relics have been reassembled in this special exhibition, on view through the end of 2017.



  • May 14, 2017HRLIInternational Qur'anic Studies Association released the first issue of its new journal, now available online and in print! The Association is dedicated to the study of the Qur'an, encouraging rigorous scholarship, meaningful dialogue between scholars of the Qur'an and other scriptures, and professional and intellectual development.

  • May 13, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing," now open at the Oakland Museum of California! Featuring approximately 100 photos, prints, and personal objects, the exhibition showcases the empathy and intimacy Lange become known for in her work as she documented American life.

  • May 13, 2017American Art—The 2017 Venice Biennale officially opens this weekend! Representing the United States is artist and activist Mark Bradford with his installation "Tomorrow is Another Day," presented by the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Bradford has transformed the five galleries of the US Pavilion into an experiential journey that reflects his career as an artist and engages visitors in social commentary on modern America.

    “Tomorrow Is Another Day is the culmination of my personal and artistic process leading up to this incredible moment of representing the United States, but it also addresses the difficulties experienced by so many others who are trying to create foundations for themselves and find their footing.”




  • May 9, 2017Theology—Congratulations to Professor Dana L. Robert, a 2016-2017 Henry Luce III Theology Fellow (The Association of Theological Schools), who was just elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country's oldest and most prestigious learned societies and independent policy research centers. Robert joins many of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic and philanthropic leaders as a member of AAAS.

    Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at Boston University School of Theology, and her colleagues have been effusive in their praise of her teaching accomplishments and pioneering work on the history of Christianity around the globe.


  • May 8, 2017CBL—Congratulations to Natalie Wellen, a CBL scholar, and Huilin Yang! The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seniors were among the 60 undergraduate researchers selected to present their scientific work to members of Congress last month. The Posters on the Hill event, organized by the Council on Undergraduate Research, gives policy makers an opportunity to see the value of investing in research and education.

  • May 6, 2017American Art"John Graham: Maverick Modernist" opens this Sunday, May 7, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY. The exhibition features 55 paintings that span Graham's four-decade career during the first half of the twentieth century, exploring his self-reinvention from a synthetic cubist in the vein of Picasso to a painter of historicized portraits recalling older masters like Raphael and Ingres. The show is on view until July 30th.

  • May 4, 2017Asia—We are proud to support 33 scholars and their on-going research in China. Grants were awarded in three categories under the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies: Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants.

  • May 2, 2017Luce Scholars—Congratulations to Richard Jacobs and the opening of his solo exhibition "Slowly Turning Into You" at Geary Contemporary gallery in NYC! Jacobs was a 1987-1988 Luce Scholar in Bali, Indonesia where he worked at the SESRI Artists Conservatory. His recent work shifts from abstraction toward portraiture through the use of dynamic woodcut transfers.



  • May 1, 2017Theology"Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred," a four-day conference exploring creative and spiritual questions around the ethereal music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, begins today in New York City's Lincoln Center! Programs and lectures, including a concert on May 3 at the Holy Trinity Church, are open to the public.

    The event is hosted by the Sacred Arts Initiative and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.


  • April 29, 2017American Art"Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again" begins to take shape this weekend at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York! Watch as this newly commissioned series of outdoor sculptures, featuring both literal and metaphorical goats, is constructed on-site beginning April 29th and on view until September 4th.



  • April 20, 2017American Art—Congratulations to the ten recipients of 2017-2018 Luce/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowships in American Art! The fellowship program supports graduate students as they research and write their dissertations on a variety of topics in object- and image-based American art.

  • April 18, 2017HRLI—An international conference on Mountains and Sacred Landscapes begins April 20th at the New School in NYC. Scholars and attendees will explore the growing social, economic, political, and ecological challenges that mountain communities around the world now face.

    The conference will feature special presentations from the India China Institute’s three-year Sacred Himalaya Initiative, supported by the Luce Foundation. The four-day event is co-sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture; the India China Institute at The New School; Center for Latin American & Latino Studies | American University; and ICIMOD.




  • April 12, 2017Asia—At the Association for Asian Studies, Inc. (AAS)'s 2017 conference in Toronto, AAS kicked off a two-year initiative dedicated to growing the field of Timor-Leste studies in North America. Read more about the history and goals of the initiative, as well as an outline of conference highlights.

  • April 9, 2017American Art"Stuart Davis: In Full Swing" moves to the de Young Museum in San Francisco this month! Davis drew on numerous influences—jazz, advertising, popular culture, European Modernism—to develop a repertoire of work that remains relevant and resonant today. Works in the exhibition span over 40 years of his vibrant career.



  • April 6, 2017HRLI—"If we truly believe that government and civil society in countries preparing for and responding to emergencies are almost always best placed to lead those efforts—then we cannot continue to avoid an entire segment of those actors: local religious actors.”

    A newly published report from the HDS Religious Literacy Project and Oxfam concludes that in order for international humanitarian organizations to most effectively support local communities, they must develop a greater understanding of how religions function in local contexts.


  • April 5, 2017American Art"Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010" is now open at MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Originally organized by the Dia Art Foundation, this retrospective is the first of Andre's work in North America in over three decades, showcasing the artist's monumental sculptures as well as a selection of poems and photographs.



  • April 3, 2017AsiaAge of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties opens today at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York! Explore the birth of a unified Chinese identity through over 160+ antiquities on loan from 32 museums and institutions in China.



  • March 28, 2017HRLI—Congratulations to the first six Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs!

    “Religion so often plays a significant role in the way we understand world affairs, and therefore it is critical that we encourage scholars who focus on these issues to communicate their balanced research as widely as possible.” The program supports scholars and their study of religion in an international context and encourages opportunities to connect their research with journalists


  • March 27, 2017CBL—Abby Stylianou, a Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, is applying her skills and knowledge in computer science to fight sex trafficking. The app that she helped develop, TraffickCam, engages concerned citizens and helps law enforcement identify locations where victims have been taken. We're proud to support Abby and her on-going work!



  • March 24, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "New York Crystal Palace 1853" at Bard Graduate Center! This exhibition showcases some of the many souvenirs, inventions, and goods that were displayed at the first world's fair held in the United States. Experience the history and spectacle contained in of one of New York's first tourist attractions, the Crystal Palace, on view until July 30th.



  • March 23, 2017HRLI—Catch spiritual and folk singer Sanam Marvi and Sounds of Kolachi, a ten-piece musical ensemble, as they tour the United States for the next four weeks as part of Center Stage Pakistan. Initiated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the NEFA, Center Stage brings international artists to American communities to engage people in diverse cultural experiences.

  • March 15, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "Marsden Hartley's Maine" at The Met Breuer! Although he spent much of his career in Europe, Hartley frequently returned to his home state, which served as a prominent subject and inspiration throughout his life. The seasons, landscape, and people of Maine take center stage in the 90 paintings and drawings on display.



  • March 12, 2017Luce Scholars—Can governance reforms and policy innovations encourage greater public participation and stave off political threats in a tightly controlled system? Former Luce Scholar Edmund Malesky, former Asia Foundation Country Representative in China and Vietnam Jonathan Stromseth and co-author Dimitar Gueorguiev offer the first systematic assessment of China's recent governance reforms in their new book, China's Governance Puzzle: Enabling Transparency and Participation in a Single-Party State. They examine the motivations behind these policies as well as their impact across the country. The book will be available from Cambridge University Press on March 14th!



  • March 11, 2017American ArtMatisse/Diebenkorn is now open at SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art! 100 paired paintings and drawings illustrate the unmistakable influence of Henri Matisse on American artist Richard Diebenkorn's choice of subject, style, color, and technique.



  • March 10, 2017Higher Education—"The ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in business, research, and international relations in the twenty-first century."

    In response to a bipartisan Congressional request to assess the nation's language education needs, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences released its final report on language learning. It outlines specific recommendations for how the U.S. can address the nation's insufficient teaching capacity and improve accessibility to foreign language education.

  • March 10, 2017American Art"Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West" opens at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo! The exhibition showcases the diverse community of artists, writers, and social reformers that Mabel Dodge Luhan brought together at her home in Taos, New Mexico. With her support and enthusiasm for the landscape and culture of the Southwest, many were inspired to create the unique body of modernist works now on view.

  • March 9, 2017Theology—Congratulations to the final class of six scholars to receive the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology! Awarded by The Association of Theological Schools, their year of study will culminate in a conference where they will each present and discuss the impact of their work on the life of the church and broader society.

  • March 8, 2017American Art—Central Park visitors in New York City can now stroll through a spooky facsimile of a Gilded Age ballroom as they make their way into or out of the park. Artist Liz Glynn's new outdoor installation "Open House" features concrete replicas of lavish Louis XIV furniture, inviting passersby to break into the once private social spaces of the wealthy elite. The piece was commissioned by the Public Art Fund with support from the American Art program.



  • March 7, 2017Theology—A campus farm, a solar array, and energy-efficient lighting are just a few of the ways that the Methodist Theological School in Ohio has made environmental action a key part of the school's message and teachings. Students and teachers will host conferences around the country to share their knowledge and experiences with other seminaries thanks to a grant from the Theology program.

  • March 3, 2017HRLI—The latest edition of HIMALAYA is available online! This issue focuses on how, in a region like the Himalaya that is experiencing extensive ecological and social change, the way in which local communities understand and practice religion on a daily basis must be considered in order to effectively engage with regional issues of sustainability. Research was conducted by The New School's India China Institute with foundation support.


  • March 1, 2017American Art—Happy Opening to "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Over 100 works by known and unknown American artists who demonstrated their genius through this oft-underappreciated medium.



  • March 1, 2017American Art—The Clark Art Institute celebrates the opening of a new home for its American decorative arts collection–the Henry Morris and Elizabeth H. Burrows Gallery! The newly renovated space features more than 300 pieces of colonial to early-nineteenth-century American art, many of which have not been on display since 2012.

  • February 28, 2017HRLI—How have Americans' distinctive understanding of religion contributed to the disparities between domestic and foreign policies?

    As part of "Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad," a project at the Buffett Institute at Northwestern, The Immanent Frame is releasing a series of essays focused on “Theologies of American Exceptionalism.” Each piece engages with a pair of texts (ranging from religious sermons to judicial opinions) and discusses how American exceptionalism manifests itself in religious politics.

  • February 27, 2017CBL—We are thrilled that Clare Boothe Luce has been chosen as an inductee to the National Women's Hall of Fame! As an accomplished journalist, playwright, Congresswoman, and diplomat, the honor is well-deserved. The formal ceremony will be held this September in Seneca Falls, the Birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

    We are proud to continue her legacy through the Clare Boothe Luce Program, established in 1989 by her bequest "to encourage women to enter, study, graduate and teach" in fields where there have been barriers to their advancement: the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

  • February 24, 2017American Art—The American Art program is proud to support the opening of "Treasures of the Southwest," a new permanent exhibit at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College featuring The Durango Collection, a comprehensive group of textiles spanning over 1,000 years of weaving in the Southwest.

    Selections from the collection, including pieces produced by Navajo, Puebloan, and Hispanic weavers, will be displayed on a rotating basis.



  • February 23, 2017HRLI—From a Christian who travels to Syria to coordinate medical aid and rebuild postwar communities to a Muslim woman who trains imams in Kabul to address women's rights in their communities, Peacemakers in Action, Volume II builds on its predecessor with new stories of women and men working to help people in conflict-ridden areas around the world. These 8 portraits provide inspiration as well as practical guides for how religion can be a force for peace.

    Produced by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, this book was published by Cambridge University Press with support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.



  • February 19, 2017CBL—Find out what a Clare Boothe Luce Scholar did during the course of her summer research program at MIT! Charlene Valdez, a senior at Trinity Washington University, describes her experience working in a cancer metabolism lab. Valdez was also invited to give a poster presentation of her work at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting in Boston.



  • February 18, 2017American Art"Women of Abstract Expressionism" at the Palm Springs Art Museum opens today! The history of Abstract Expressionism has primarily been viewed through the work of a few male artists, even though a number of women painters concurrently helped shape the movement in America during the late 1940s and 1950s. This exhibition, featuring more than fifty works by twelve artists, is the first major exhibition to highlight the contribution of women to Abstract Expressionism. Organized by the Denver Art Museum with support from the American Art program, this exhibition is on view until May 28, 2017.



  • February 15, 2017HRLI—"As an American, I do not have to lose my Muslim identity. To be an American, for me, is to be Muslim." As part of Shari'a Revoiced, a project at the UCHRI University of California Humanities Research Institute which explores how Americans navigate religious law in a secular state, scholars interviewed over one hundred Muslims in California about how they experience shari'a, or Islamic law. Read how three individuals describe what Islam means to them and how it influences their hopes and everyday decisions.

  • February 8, 2017Asia—A collaborative Task Force on US-China Policy, assembled by Asia Society's Center for US-China Relations and the University of California San Diego 21st Century China Center, released a report outlining recommendations to the Trump administration for approaching critical issues to U.S.-China relations. They underscored the need for "a revised U.S. strategy that addresses these growing concerns about China's actions without unduly damaging the benefits the U.S. stands to gain from cooperating in areas where interests still converge."

  • February 6, 2017Theology—"Given the amount of religious diversity, violence, conflict in the world, why doesn't the diversity conversation in college include more religion?" Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, describes how engaging students in positive, interfaith experiences at higher-ed institutions provides a launching pad for interfaith cooperation in the future.

  • February 5, 2017American Art"Matisse and American Art" opens at the Montclair Art Museum! Experience his undeniable influence on modern art in America through this new exhibition juxtaposing works by Matisse with those of American artists. See the adoption of his vibrant color palettes and distinctive subjects across 65 featured works. On view until June 18th.



  • February 1, 2017HRLIReligious scholars and humanitarian actors came together at a recent symposium to discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with religious leaders to support communities in need. Oxfam and the Harvard Divinity School, with Foundation support, are examining this intersection of religion and locally-led humanitarian action and will publish their research in the spring.

  • January 29, 2017American Art—Happy opening to Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World! Durham has been a prolific artist and activist for more than four decades, and his inventive works reflect his on-going connection to local and global political struggles. With nearly 200 objects, this exhibition is the first retrospective of his work in North America. It includes not only sculptures and images but also essays and interviews with the artist. Now on view at the Hammer Museum.



  • January 24, 2017Luce Scholars—In 1961, the CIA began training a proxy army of primarily Hmong fighters to try to stem the tide of communism in Laos. Largely hidden from the American Public, Operation Momentum grew into a war that lasted almost two decades and changed U.S. foreign policy forever. Joshua Kurlantzick, a former Luce Scholar and a Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, has authored the definitive account of the CIA's first - and least discussed - war, available from Simon & Schuster beginning January 24th.



  • January 12, 2017HRLIThe International Reporting Project has a new home at non-partisan think tank, New America. IRP supports journalists and their efforts to report on under-covered global issues through fellowships and reporting trips.

  • January 12, 2017American Art—Happy opening to “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists” at the Syracuse University Art Galleries! This exhibition, supported by the American Art program, highlights the work of Associated American Artists (1934-2000) and its aim to make art more widely accessible through the sale of affordable prints. 136 objects from over 25 museums and collections are on view until March 19, 2017.

  • January 10, 2017American Art—Happy opening to "Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965" at Grey Art Gallery. Discover a wide range of works including paintings, sculptures, and installations from fourteen venues that helped shape the city's vibrant art scene. The exhibition, supported by the Luce Fund in American Art, runs until April 1, 2017.


  • December 21, 2016HRLI"Religious Diversity and Politico-Religious Intolerance in Indonesia and Malaysia" - a new article by Dicky Sofjan in the Review of Faith and International Affairs Journal from Taylor & Francis Online draws on research supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • December 19, 2016Asia"Death By Design," a new documentary from Ambrica Productions, explores the human and environmental cost of our digital addiction, with support from a grant from the Asia Program.

  • December 17, 2016Asia—“It makes global warming look like child’s play.” A new report from PRI Public Radio International explores the impact of the rampant consumption of plastics in both the East and the West.


  • December 15, 2016Higher Education—As need increases, a diminishing share of United States residents speak languages other than English. A new report from The American Academy of Arts and Sciences examines the state of the nation's current language capacity, with support from the Foundation's Higher Education program.

  • December 6, 2016Theology—The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Theology. The fellowship is part of a three-year initiative dedicated to exploring the place of theology in public life, past and present, with support from the foundation's Theology Program.

  • December 5, 2016HRLI—Current conflicts in Syria are often described along sectarian lines - but the truth is more complicated. Heiko Wimmen, writing for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explores how a narrative of sectarian conflict has been advanced and exploited, obscuring other social and political divisions. The report is part of a series on Sources of Sectarianism in the Middle East, supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.

  • November 29, 2016Foundation—The Henry Luce Foundation is pleased to announce over $13,000,000 in grants to 42 institutions. These grants, awarded in five program areas, advance the Foundation’s commitments to the development of intellectual leaders and the public dissemination of knowledge.

    Fourteen grants from the Luce Fund in American Art will support exhibitions across the country that celebrate and probe the depth and variety of American art from every era of the country’s history. Five responsive grants from the American Art program will fund work on pre-contemporary collections, as well as entry-level positions designed to open the field to new and more diverse perspectives. Seven grants from the Asia program will support art exhibitions that will bring both ancient and contemporary Asian art to the United States, collaborations related to the study of Chinese folk culture, and communication between scholars in North America and North Korea.

    Meanwhile, two grants from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs focus on fostering richly informed coverage of international religion in the media. Three grants from the Higher Education program will support new approaches to doctoral education and higher education policymaking, as well as a study addressing sexual harassment in STEM fields. Five Theology program grants will support projects that blend theological and multidisciplinary perspectives and prepare spiritual leaders to minister to a changing world. And, in its inaugural year, grants from the Luce Fund for Theological Education will support six seminaries and divinity schools as they explore ways to train their students to serve diverse populations and to engage with the broader public. Read more.

  • November 24, 2016Luce Scholars—How should nations remember a painful past? 2015-2016 Luce Scholar Brandon Tensley writes in Foreign Affairs about "Japan, the United States, and Public Memory," and how the U.S. and Japan commemorate a war in which both nations were "victims and victimizers".

  • November 21, 2016HRLI—Magnum Foundation, working in collaboration with The Revealer and the NYU Center for Religion and Media, has announced support of three interdisciplinary teams who will produce in-depth and experimental projects exploring religion across the globe.



  • November 14, 2016CBL—The Clare Boothe Luce program is pleased to announce 23 grants totaling $7,000,000 to support women in STEM fields. Established by Clare Boothe Luce in 1987, the Program offers research awards and tuition support to prepare young women to study and teach in the STEM disciplines, as well as five-year professorships for women early in their academic careers. Grants to Johns Hopkins University, Smith College, and the University of Detroit Mercy will fund a total of four five-year assistant professorships for women in STEM fields; grants to Providence College and Xavier University will provide undergraduate scholarships to a total of eleven young women, while grants to Dartmouth College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Texas A&M University and the University of Dayton will fund undergraduate research awards. These grants will support the work of 89 women in total. In addition to these ten new awards, the Program awarded grants to the 13 institutions designated in Clare Boothe Luce's bequest to receive funds in perpetuity. We are pleased to continue our partnership with these institutions.

  • November 5, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to Frank Stella: a Retrospective at the de Young Museum of San Francisco! The exhibition considers Stella’s use of color, shape, and volume to evoke new conceptions of pictorial space—allowing two-dimensional paintings to seem to expand or contract, lie completely flat or envelop the viewer, suggest movement or foster stillness.



  • November 4, 2016HRLI—Salafi Muslims are known for their doctrinal intransigence. Yet Hizb al-Nour, the recently founded Salafi political party in Egypt, has proven to be flexible and pragmatic in its approach. In a new paper for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephane LaCroix argues that for Hizb al-Nour, political power is a means to protect and possibly reinforce the religious movement that it represents. The Carnegie Endowment received a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs in 2014 to support research and writings on Sectarianism in the Middle East.



  • November 4, 2016American Art—Happy Opening to World War I and American Art at PAFA The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Supported in part by the Luce Fund in American Art, this is the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the war, which is widely seen as a critical factor in the growth of modernism.



  • November 3, 2016HRLI"Who Owns the Story?" Filmmaker Musa Syeed reflects on the question of how to make art about a misrepresented community without reinforcing misrepresentations. Syeed's film 'A Stray,' set in the Somali refugee community in Minneapolis, was produced with support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.



  • November 2, 2016Asia—A grant from the Foundation's Asia Program to The University of Chicago will support access to metadata on over 27000 photographs of art from China, Korea, and Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia, housed at the Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art at The Ohio State University. The Huntington Archive represents the efforts of 45 years of field documentation photography by John and Susan Huntington, who visited sites in remote regions of Asia, photographing many works of art that had never been published. Since the time many of these photos were taken, in far too many cases, the works of art have since been lost through theft or have been destroyed through natural and man-made disasters. The photos comprise one of the most important sources of information about these works.





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