Why can’t I remember his name? I quote him often… I’d gone West after graduating. It was election night, 2008, and Jackson Hole Wyoming was a tiny blue dot in a vast red state…read more
The American Age is a salutary response to the disease at the core of American civic culture. It is a rejection of intellectual cynicism, historical amnesia, and the politics of dread. It is a rooster call to stir our fellow humanists awake.
We are currently developing programs and tools to help the people who don’t have the same resources to prepare for college and work that many of us benefitted from. It is very likely that if you’re engaging with The American Age you found your way here through a forest of obstacles. Material security, emotional support systems, bureaucratic acumen, all of these are necessary to engage in meaningful intellectual work, let alone secure economic stability in twenty-first century America.
Our moral judgments are often reflexive and feel to us as familiar and intimate as our sense of taste and smell. But to share a moral vision with millions of other people is a tremendous work of the imagination. The Moral Imagination is an exploration of the ideas and events that shape this collective sense of right and wrong.
What are the contours of this imagination? How might we strengthen it? What ideas will help us thrive as a species in the 21st century and beyond?
Join us as we explore, provoke, and become inspired by those who are imagining a better world.
TAA 0040 – C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss why human beings of limited economic means purchase luxury items–such as expensive sneakers. Who gets to ask the question, how does it manifest across culture, what do these items mean?
What if your favorite college professors were willing to talk about everything from philosophy and politics to pop culture and love with the same kind of consideration and enthusiasm? Each week C. Travis Webb, Seph Rodney, and Steven Fullwood discuss life, culture, and art, and challenge their listeners to take fewer things for granted and all things more seriously.
Scholars, poets, scientists, ex-patriots, capitalists, socialists, story tellers, gonzo journalists, activists, our contributors are faithful to two things—telling the truth and telling it their way.
Why? Because we’re writers, and we love writers. Academic, journalist, or creative, poet, playwright, or historian, even dry as the Antarctic philosopher, we value you all. If you agonize over words, you’re part of our tribe, whether we publish you or not. That said, we are a nonprofit whose activities are entirely supported by CultureHum Foundation—
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The American Age produces a biannual journal. Each issue is focused on a particular thematic concern. The journal is an academic-journalistic hybrid: the sophistication and care are scholarly (i.e. academic), but its diction and tone are directed at a college level reader (i.e. journalistic).
Drunk in America – Transcendence doesn’t belong to the monks. Inner peace doesn’t belong to the yoginis. God doesn’t belong to the churches, mosques, or synagogues. The secular carnival of ideas and desires offers its own opportunities for ecstasy. Explore them here.
Feature – Unique perspectives on diverse topics—informed, honest, provocative, and unbounded.
History – Without an understanding of our deep history, we cannot fathom our complicated present. Human beings have been roaming the earth for tens of thousands of years. We have to keep our past in mind if there’s any hope for the future.
Human Sciences – Anthropology, sociology, biology, economics, psychology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, there have never been more or better tools at our disposal to help us understand our own natures. Some of these arguments are complicated; some are dubious; nothing should be off-limits in the pursuit of knowledge.
Reviews – A pugnacious but respectful engagement with the movies, TV shows, books, plays, and art works that are shaping American public discourse.
Stories – Children can help us recall the vulnerable curiosity that once animated our worlds. We invite parents, and non-parents alike to submit the conversations and encounters they’ve had with children that reminded them just how wild, confusing, sad, and exciting life can be.
Poetry – Before poetry was locked into stanzas, lines, and meters it simply meant something “made, created, or composed.” Very short stories, formal and in—poetry, proper and im—scenes, lyrics, letters, and dialogues—if it is attentive to language, truthful (even if embellished), and serious (even if humorous) we will consider it.
Music doesn’t always bring people together, but this list does. A compilation of music from every genre with one common theme: time is like wine if you stomp its fruit with all your might.