Glenn Arbery

Glenn Arbery

About Glenn Arbery

Dr. Glenn C. Arbery is President of Wyoming Catholic College, where he previously served as Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, the University of Dallas, and at Assumption College where he was d’Alzon Professor of Liberal Arts. He is the author of Why Literature Matters (2001) and the editor of two volumes, The Tragic Abyss (2004), and The Southern Critics: An Anthology (2010).

Why Reality Ought to Shape Language

By |2018-07-07T00:59:17-05:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Language, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|

Let reality shape language. Reality in this sense means what is actually the case, which includes what people actually think, not what they are supposed to think. It means an order in which God provides the very grounding of the real… On Sunday afternoon, 34 high school students arrived at Wyoming Catholic College for [...]

The Paradox of Courage

By |2019-04-30T15:06:31-05:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Character, Christianity, Education, Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Up in the heights of the tradition, protected in grandeur and difficulty, are life-giving waters that descend with surprising force into a world thirsty for courage… Yesterday morning, after reading Murder in the Cathedral in preparation for the last sessions at this year’s Wyoming School of Catholic Thought, I took a long walk up Squaw Creek [...]

How “Humanae Vitae” Continues to Challenge the Modern World

By |2019-07-18T11:08:57-05:00June 16th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Family, Glenn Arbery, Philosophy, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae cuts across modernity’s default epicurean position by insisting that sexuality is a profound participation in hope, an affirmation that every God-given human life has inestimable worth, not a negotiable value… This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae. Like most of [...]

Ideology and the Humanities

By |2019-10-16T13:41:22-05:00June 8th, 2018|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Wyoming Catholic College|

Ideologies are mind-traps: They are constructed in such a way that they prejudge the motive of opposition to their systems. The great aim of liberal education is to liberate students from mere unexamined opinion into genuine thought… Some people use the word “ideology” neutrally, as though it meant any fairly comprehensive set of ideas. [...]

Ordinary Time: The Extraordinary Moment?

By |2018-06-08T11:21:24-05:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Education, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Senior Contributors, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

Time will never be truly ordinary, and everydayness will never dominate as long as we have recourse to silence and prayer… There is a kind of harmony between the aftermath of Pentecost and the weeks after graduation. The great feasts are over, and the intensity of activity has abated. The world enters what the [...]

Unbought Grace

By |2018-12-21T07:07:49-05:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Edmund Burke, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Virtue|

The qualities that I would love most of all to see in all our students could not be better described than by Edmund Burke’s account of the chivalric demeanor: “that proud submission, that dignified obedience, that subordination of the heart, which kept alive, even in servitude itself, the spirit of an exalted freedom”… As [...]

Remaking the Culture

By |2019-07-16T20:43:25-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

On Tuesday, after my monthly coffee hour with the students, one of the graduating seniors caught up with me to ask what exactly it meant to say, as we do in our mission statement, that our mission involves “remaking the culture.” Practically speaking, what does that look like? Since I took office in 2016, [...]

Generations of Leaves

By |2019-04-02T15:07:07-05:00March 8th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Education, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Homer, Liberal Arts, Plato, Wyoming Catholic College|

Everything in nature changes—but love strives for the immortal. What keeps the form of a college supple and stable must be love for something essentially unchanging and yet eternally young, the “beauty so ancient and so new”… Listening to this year’s seniors present their orations last week at Wyoming Catholic College, I found myself [...]

O Oratory!

By |2018-02-23T22:42:01-05:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Rhetoric, Wyoming Catholic College|

Of all the public arts once honored, oratory might have fallen the farthest. It is now hard to imagine the great hunger that audiences had for political speeches, sermons, lectures—anything that demonstrated the power of language to educate, persuade, or inspire—in the days before the technological revolutions of the past century. They would stand all [...]

Earning the Tradition

By |2019-04-11T11:26:34-05:00February 7th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dante, Featured, Glenn Arbery, History, Liberal Learning, T.S. Eliot, Tradition, Virgil, Wyoming Catholic College|

Tradition in action gives rise to new work, and the new work changes the tradition… At a gathering of Wyoming Catholic College faculty and staff on Monday morning, I had occasion to mention T.S. Eliot’s seminal essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” Eliot still had an overwhelming ascendancy in literary circles even in the 1960s and [...]

Looking for Camillus: Why We Need Great Men

By |2019-08-06T17:19:49-05:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Glenn Arbery, History, Homer, Rome, Western Civilization, Wyoming Catholic College|

What happens to the Romans in the absence of their greatest man, Camillus? Crushing losses, near-obliteration. Not to honor what is best and highest—in fact, to insult it, to belittle it, to attribute base motives to it: What can follow except an arrogant forgetfulness that preludes disaster?… Titus Livius (or Livy), the Roman historian [...]