Higher Education

The Silent Education Crisis

WASHINGTON — It’s the silent education crisis, the one we don’t talk about much because its existence undermines the story we like to tell about our country. The...

The Question

April is the cruelest month for college English departments, and not just because we’re fans of T. S. Eliot (yes, he still gets taught, if occasionally—Shakespeare...

Faith in Globalization

Tony Blair’s students no longer laugh when he is introduced as “Professor Blair.” Even Blair seems significantly more comfortable with the title than he was in...

Obama & Notre Dame

“There are some ideas and some causes that a Catholic college campus cannot treat pleasantly,” wrote the outraged editors. “Doesn’t deliberate opposition to...

Be Not Afraid

Over much of the past decade, a celebrated and notorious play has set off a fierce debate at Catholic colleges and universities. The debate pits the values of...

A Show of Hands

We numbered no more than fifteen participants—including me, the instructor-for the sophomore history seminar, and over the course of the semester, we came to know...

A Higher Education

Reading Anthony Kronman’s Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (Yale University Press, $17, 320 pp.) reminded me...

The Right Questions

Predictably, spring brought the annual tussles about whether or not The Vagina Monologues ought to be performed at Catholic colleges and universities. I understand...

The Saga of St. Joseph's

The last day of January, three hours out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and I am driving across a snowy Indiana landscape under a darkening sky to...

Bridge Closed

There was a good deal of justified outrage among Catholics, and presumably among all fair-minded people, when protests from faculty and students at Rome’s La...

Catholic Enough?

A surprise in my morning e-mail: an article by my friend and colleague, Fr. Wilson Miscamble, CSC, criticizing his own academic department—History, where Miscamble...

Student Soldiers

Last year some renegade members of the prolife group at John Carroll University, where I teach, placed signs around the quad that caused quite a stir. One of...
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Book Reviews

The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism

April 20, 2015 | 14 comments

Reclamation Project

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Pulling Up the Ladder

September 17, 2012 | 0 comments

Model of Dissent

January 7, 2011 | 0 comments

The Old College Try

March 22, 2010 | 0 comments

Beyond the Catacomb

March 22, 2010 | 0 comments

Stranger in a Strange Land

March 22, 2010 | 0 comments

The Qu'ran at Notre Dame?

July 9, 2007 | 0 comments