Some of the world’s most renowned thinkers from the University of Chicago’s new Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge came together for a series of short talks that pull at the seams of our assumptions, uncover blind spots, and suggest new paradigms for how to think about our bodies, government, and society.

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    Judith Farquhar: Minding the Body, Differently

    Judith Farquhar, the Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology Emerita and the Faculty Director, University of Chicago Center in Beijing, explores our understanding and other perspectives of the body. Watch it here. 

    Tom Ginsburg: Are Constitutions Hot Commodities?

    Tom Ginsburg, the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, discusses the factors that influence the creation and duration of constitutions. Watch it here. 

    Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer: Rethinking the Citizen

    Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies and the Faculty Director, Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, explores the concept of the citizen. Watch it here. 

    James A. Robinson: Do States Make People, or Do People Make States?

    James A. Robinson explores whether people influence the development of nations or vice versa during his talk. Watch it here.