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Hudson Institute Publishes First Study on Philanthropic Freedom

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Courtesy of the Hudson Institute
Courtesy of the Hudson Institute

After measuring, ranking, and comparing countries on their ease of giving, the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity (CGP) argues in a new study that developed countries do not necessarily have the most conducive laws and regulations on philanthropy. The Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015, supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, shows that over a third of surveyed countries with low per capita income (less than $25,000) earned philanthropic freedom scores in the top half of the study.

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Jean Vanier Receives 2015 Templeton Prize

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Jean Vanier receives the 2015 Templeton Prize from Heather Templeton Dill (left) and Jennifer Templeton Simpson (right) at the Templeton Prize ceremony at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, May 18, 2015.
(Photocredit: Templeton Prize: Paul Hackett)
Jean Vanier receives the 2015 Templeton Prize from Heather Templeton Dill (left) and Jennifer Templeton Simpson (right) at the Templeton Prize ceremony at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, May 18, 2015. (Photocredit: Templeton Prize: Paul Hackett)

A ceremony to honor the 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate, Jean Vanier, was held on May 18 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Vanier received the award from Heather Templeton Dill and Jennifer Templeton Simpson, daughters of the late Dr. John M. Templeton Jr., President and Chairman of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Life After Death? Exploring Immortality

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Research from The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside, was outlined to the public during the project’s capstone conference, which was held in downtown Riverside from May 28-May 30. The investigations, supported by a $5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, have focused on near-death experiences, the nature of heaven, explaining the aging process, and other related topics.

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2015 World Science Festival Explores the Big Ideas

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Photo courtesy of the World Science Festival
Photo courtesy of the World Science Festival

This year marks the centenary of Einstein’s discovery of the general theory of relativity, an anniversary that was celebrated at the 2015 World Science Festival. The debates, talks, and presentations that were held in New York City from May 27-May 31, which can now be viewed online, opened with a sound and light spectacular. Professor Brian Greene, who serves as chairman of the festival board, deployed special effects and orchestral music to open up the mysteries of Einstein’s insight to a sold-out audience.

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