The Heroism of Civilization

By |2020-07-04T01:22:27-05:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Civilization, David Deavel, Family, Heroism, Marriage, Senior Contributors|

What we need in American society are more imaginative resources for thinking about marriage and the great slog of parenthood. We need stories, plays, movies, and shows about the sort of heroism that requires long-haul fortitude and not just courage in the moment. A long-held but somewhat flexible fantasy I have engaged in periodically [...]

Canceling Father Moloney

By |2020-06-26T17:34:47-05:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, David Deavel, Equality, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

It really did not matter that Fr. Daniel Moloney’s letter, which condemned police brutality and any kind of racism, was a model of balance and a call for all people to seek mercy, justice, and reconciliation. What mattered was that he had not repeated the dogmatic utterances of a secular religion. He had to [...]

The Double Edge of Nostalgia: Alice Thomas Ellis’s “A Welsh Childhood”

By |2020-06-17T10:45:24-05:00June 17th, 2020|Categories: Books, Culture, David Deavel, Literature, Senior Contributors, Time|

We have an obligation, it seems, not only to long for the recovery of the unspeakable loveliness that has come and gone when time will be no more, but to recognize it when it is passing and to speak of it to ourselves and others. In Alice Thomas Ellis’s “A Welsh Childhood,” we see [...]

On Chicken Entrepreneurialism

By |2020-06-10T01:06:03-05:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, David Deavel, Modernity, Politics, Senior Contributors|

I want the politicians, academics, corporate flacks, and journalists who are willing to celebrate somebody else’s bacon being fried in the name of flattened curves, new forestation, and utopian revolutionary dreams to stop and think about what they are doing. Don’t cry “burn it down” unless you are willing to stand in the ashes [...]

Teaching Russell Kirk in High School: An Interview with Miss Kinyon

By |2020-06-02T16:41:06-05:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: David Deavel, Education, Liberal Learning, Russell Kirk, Senior Contributors|

Before entering the workforce or making a huge investment in their education, high school seniors are craving a clear, practical understanding of economics and government. Russell Kirk provides both in “The American Cause” and “Economics: Work and Prosperity.” What should high school students be reading? Many of us believe that great texts are essential [...]

Bailing Out the Academic Fleet?

By |2020-05-27T01:46:24-05:00May 26th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, David Deavel, Economics, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Many of us who work in higher education are aware that we are working on boats that are not only “academically adrift,” but which have been leaking furiously for years. Given the demographics and the broader economic devastation wrought by our foolish response to the Coronavirus, it is unlikely that even a bailout will [...]

Messing About in Boats: Frederick Buechner’s “Brendan”

By |2020-05-20T15:58:05-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, David Deavel, Fiction, Literature, Senior Contributors|

The Saint Brendan of Frederick Buechner’s novel is like all the saints who learn that the greatest journey is one that leads from the glorious but seed-like natural energy and strength of youth, to the final flowering of spiritual life and power that are only attained through prayer, surrender, and many crosses. For Roman [...]

Liberal Arts Pandemiology

By |2020-05-12T22:13:57-05:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Culture, David Deavel, Economics, Education, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Those of us who bemoan the “death of the liberal arts” do not do so simply because the jobs of professors are at stake, but because we believe that liberal learning is the only fit preparation for any portion of life—especially one that involves responsibility for the common good. Those of us who have [...]

Is Online University Education Possible?

By |2020-05-07T12:04:45-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture, David Deavel, Education, Modernity, Senior Contributors|

Does online education mean the end of universities? Or, if pursued with an understanding of its limits and of the necessity of a non-virtual community of learning behind it, could online learning be part of the idea of a university? Is there anything better for a teacher than watching one’s students do great things? [...]

Tomie dePaola: A Child’s Imaginative Conservative

By |2020-08-03T17:58:00-05:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Books, David Deavel, Imagination, Senior Contributors|

Tomie dePaola understood that life is difficult and yet redemption is possible. What marks him out ultimately as a conservative of the imaginative variety is that his understanding of childhood includes not only the child-protagonist’s sense of self, but also the sense of self of the other children and indeed the adults in the [...]

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