Items is an SSRC digital forum that renews and reimagines the Council’s former newsletter as a space for engagement with our work and with the social sciences more generally. From 1947 to 2008, Items (also called Items & Issues in its later years) was the principal mode by which social scientists and others learned about the impact of our programs and broader issues in the social sciences relevant to our commitment to scholarly rigor, cross-disciplinary encounters, and public relevance. In the same spirit, this site aims to shape current conversations through curated essays that reflect on the state of the social sciences today. A wide range of social scientists and others contribute their ideas and insights, often around featured themes that engage key debates of the moment.