College and vocation

Colleen Flaherty of Inside Higher Ed recently interviewed Tim Clydesdale, professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey and author of the 2007 book The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School (University of Chicago Press). His newest book is The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students About Vocation (University of Chicago Press).Clydesdale studied programs at various religiously-affiliated colleges and universities which received grants from the Li … [Read more...]

Review Essay: Paul Shrimpton, The Making of Men

In 1848 an Oxford don named Charles Daman, a close friend of John Henry Newman in their Oriel College days, penned a guide to aspiring students at Oxford. Titled Ten letters introductory to college residence, Daman’s book aimed to do what he and Newman had striven to do as tutors, even in the face of a collegiate structure that did not support their efforts: to guide adolescents (“inchoate and promissory men”) toward those exercises and pursuits that would help them achieve the dignity of civiliz … [Read more...]

Coming out as Christian in the Academy

Margery Eagan writes in Crux about professors who must hide their Christian faith amidst lingering prejudice in the academy. Her story focuses on Jeffrey Reimer, Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cal Berkeley. He is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and the C. Judson King Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering there.In every imaginable way, Reimer is a distinguished academic in a critical STEM discipline. He is also … [Read more...]

Why tolerance is not a virtue at Catholic universities

Theologian Aurelie Hagstrom writes in Integritas: I think it is vitally important to remember that mere “tolerance” is not true dialogue. Hospitality is much more engaging, risky, and costly than the mere tolerance of diversity is. Mere tolerance cannot sustain our communities or our conversations in moments of crisis or deep disagreement. Hospitality, by contrast, is incarnational. It does not exist as a disembodied attitude toward others, like tolerance, but is instead a practice of bringing s … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Capstone

Let me share with you a taste of what gets me excited about my work in a Catholic university, as a way of suggesting the direction of this blog.For the moment, if you're unfamiliar with either Catholicism or the actual life of a university, please suspend your disbelief. I have found that pop culture knows little of either institution. (Monolithic, ivory tower, hierarchical, brain-washing, yada yada). Similarly, if you are Catholic, or if you do know university life, please practice what … [Read more...]