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Off at College

From the February 2005 Print Edition

I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 646 pp. $28.95 When the heroine of I Am Charlotte Simmons ”a smart, beautiful, small-town girl”sits down to write her mother a letter about freshman life in “Dupont University,” it takes her hours to produce a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Women of Roe v. Wade

From the June/July 2003 Print Edition

To understand fully the incalculable effects of Roe v. Wade it is necessary (though of course not sufficient) to understand the historical and legal context in which it occurred. When the decision came down in February 1973, the nation was embroiled in the Vietnam War and President Nixon had just . . . . Continue Reading »

The Hour of the Laity

From the November 2002 Print Edition

Throughout the twentieth century, leaders of the Catholic Church implored lay men and women with increasing urgency to be more active as Catholics in society, and—since Vatican II—to become more involved in the internal affairs of the Church. The earlier call found a warm response among . . . . Continue Reading »

Reflections on the UDHR

From the April 1998 Print Edition

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1948 and widely recognized as the “constitution” of the modern human rights movement, approaches its fiftieth anniversary amidst considerable turmoil. The prevailing approach to the rights it contains is . . . . Continue Reading »

A Saint for Our Times

From the November 1996 Print Edition

Augustine and the Limits of Politics By Jean Bethke Elshtain University of Notre Dame Press, 118 pages, $21.95 In this engaging series of meditations, Jean Bethke Elshtain makes a convincing case that Augustine of Hippo (354“430 a.d. ) is a saint for our times. Originally presented as a . . . . Continue Reading »