Monthly Archives: October 2015

Liberal Arts colleges: America’s latest export!

Unlike cheerleading, ultimate frisbee and flip cup, one feature of US higher education that has struggled to cross the Atlantic is the concept of small, campus-based, liberal arts colleges. These tiny private institutions may seem completely different from the UK’s typically large, research-intensive, state-funded universities. But, with its focus on both teaching and research, holistic

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Anthony O’Hear encourages Chavagnes Studium

We saw revivals of classical learning in western Europe in the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and even the twentieth centuries, each different, each bringing its own distinctive feel and timbre to the process, which was always seen as a vital route to the refreshment of our culture. The fifteenth and sixteenth century revivals went

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Cardinal Dolan: Include the new minority, the faithful Catholics …

A very refreshing, consistent theme of the synod has been inclusion.  The Church, our spiritual family, welcomes everyone, especially those who may feel excluded.  Among those, I’ve heard the synod fathers and observers comment, are the single, those with same-sex attraction, those divorced, widowed, or recently arrived in a new country, those with disabilities, the

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Universities have lost their soul … and now they are wondering how to get it back.

David Brooks in yesterday’s New York Times regrets that universities,  founded for religious reasons, have largely abandoned the transmission of beliefs, values and morals. He notes that there are now signs of a resurgence. “Many American universities were founded as religious institutions, explicitly designed to cultivate their students’ spiritual and moral natures. But over the

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