Social Thought

Social Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

Social Sciences Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

Speaker: Amanda Woodward, Deputy Dean of the Division of the Social Sciences, William S. Gray Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago

Saturday, June 11, at 2:15 p.m., Rockefeller Memorial Chapel          

Division of Social Sciences' candidates that participate in the hooding ceremony need to rent a hood from the University Bookstore.

Dean, Historian David Nirenberg and Economist Ali Hortaçsu elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the election of 213 new members on April 20, 2016. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. Among those elected into this newest class of distinguished members are five University of Chicago faculty members: David Nirenberg, Ali Hortaçsu, Dr. Joshua A. Frieman, Theaster Gates Jr., and Michael Sells. Two of the UChicago elects are Social Scietists.

$35 million gift from alumni Joe and Rika Mansueto to establish Institute for Urban Innovation

The Division of the Social Sciences is the birthplace of the Chicago School of Urban Sociology, among other longstanding traditions of complex interdisciplinary research focused on cities and their populations. Division faculty will play a critical, collaborative role in the new Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation.

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$35 million gift will support creation of institute to advance urban scholarship and education 

NEH Public Scholars Program

The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Although humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact.

Kierkegaard on Inwardness, Suffering, and the Search for a Secure Ground in the Face of Contingency

My dissertation research focuses on the turn to interiority in Kierkegaard’s religious ethics. One of Kierkegaard’s central claims is that we, in our modern age, have forgotten how to exist and have forgotten what inwardness is, and that the way in which philosophers generally write about ethics has encouraged this.