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The Global Economy & the U.S. Vote

Professor Layna Mosley

While we, as a discipline, have long been attentive to how economic concerns and anxieties affect voters’ choices (and firms’ lobbying on trade policies), we were less focused on how these concerns interacted with anti-other attitudes. That is, we tended to assume that voters’ material considerations – about their own households or about the broader economy – were more important drivers of vote choices than their cultural attitudes.

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Electability is a cynical political gesture—we can do better

Associate Professor Kumi Silva

This is the first installment of the IAH Election Blog Series. The series aims to provide intellectual, humanistic and artistic insights on the 2020 U.S. elections. Dr. Kumi Silva talks about the term “electability” and argues that it delimits what is democratically possible to that which preserves the economic relations, social hierarchies, and political practices that have already enabled the suppression of the popular vote.

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The Story of Southern Food with Dr. Elizabeth Engelhardt and Rebecca Darwin

Sophia Ramos, IAH Communications Specialist

Unlike the cuisines from our country’s other three corners, southern food has an identity and culture unto itself. Bound less by ingredients and recipes, and more by people and their stories, southern food embodies the lived experiences of the region’s people, both past and present. We asked southern food experts to help us pin down what defines southern food today, and their responses shed light on the important role food has in the humanities.

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Humanities in Leadership

Leadership Sophia Ramos, IAH Communications Specialist

Many organizations, both in and outside of higher education, offer leadership programs focused on acquiring skills to address the complex challenges that faculty leaders face. Embracing its humanistic roots, the IAH takes leadership development a step further: we work to also grow the interpersonal skills of our leaders, building their capacity for introspection, emotional intelligence, and fostering a community of peers.

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