About Gabrielle Speach

Gabrielle Speach graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a B.A. from its Program of Liberal Studies. She is currently the Managing Editor of Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute.

Keep Calm and Contemplate On

 “Keep Calm and Carry On”: It’s our culture’s latest mantra. The phrase applies in all kinds of contexts—political, social, economic. Oppressed by government? Keep calm and carry on. Hurting from a break-up? Keep calm and carry on. Out of a job? Keep calm and carry on.Though it’s been popularized in myriad forms (personally I prefer “Keep Calm and Pet Cats”), it’s worth considering what this slogan really means, and whether we should embrace its message.Maxims like this one are a … [Read more...]

Saving Richard III

 Who was Richard III? Villain, or slandered victim of his enemies? Recent news that his remains have allegedly been found under a British parking lot raises the question of his character once again. One of the best fictional efforts to unearth the truth is mystery novelist Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time. Based on a proverb attributed to Francis Bacon that “truth is the daughter of time, not of authority,” the book follows one of Britain’s best detectives, Alan Grant, as he pores th … [Read more...]