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60Accreditation and Religious Collegeshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/06/accreditation-and-religious-colleges
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:49:00 -email@example.com (Joseph Knippenberg)Of all the bones to pick with contemporary American higher educationand there are manythe University of Pennsylvania’s
has decided to call our attention to what he calls
“The Great Accreditation Farce.”
For him, the farce is that regional accreditorswho hold the keys to all-important federal student aidactually display a modicum of respect for the distinctive missions of America’s religiously-affiliated colleges.
Higher Education and Social Mobilityhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/05/higher-education-and-social-mobility
Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Knippenberg)New York
columnist Frank Bruni wrote a
this past weekend reflecting upon a soon-to-be-released
on higher education in America. Here’s the core of Bruni’s argument:
]]>Defending Commencement Follies?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/05/defending-commencement-follies
Fri, 16 May 2014 09:46:00 -email@example.com (Joseph Knippenberg)Defending her successors, Smith College alumna (and future history professor?)
that protesting commencement speakers shows that the graduates have in fact fulfilled the College’s mission:
]]>Ending the Commencement Follieshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/05/ending-the-commencement-follies
Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Knippenberg)IMF Director Christine Lagarde’s
as Smith College’s commencement speaker is the latest in a series of high-profile commencement follies aptly described by Harvard’s Ruth Wisse as
“The Closing of the Collegiate Mind.”
The heckler’s veto, displayed preemptively, is in full force across college campuses that are supposed to be settings in which ideas could be fully and freely discussed.
]]>Learning from Adam Smith About Educationhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/02/learning-from-adam-smith-about-education
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:11:00 -email@example.com (Joseph Knippenberg)I teach a couple of courses in our mostly “Great Books” core curriculum. One of our canonical authorsencountered by all sophomoresis Adam Smith. When I teach his worksand, indeed, any of the others in the curriculumI look for ways to make them speak to my students. Thus I always mine my texts for nuggets about higher education and liberal education, an example of which you can read
]]>Natural Law in the Fever Swamphttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/natural-law-in-the-fever-swamp
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:30:00 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Knippenberg)Anthony Murray
, educated at a Jesuit law school at a time when I would have thought that that still meant something,
at great length thatgaspsome Supreme Court justices might actually believe in natural law. To him, this would run the risk of introducing religious considerations into casesall those involving the contraceptive mandatewhere he thinks they don’t belong.
]]>Charity for Unbelievershttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/charity-for-unbelievers
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:27:04 -email@example.com (Joseph Knippenberg)A friend called my attention to
, asserting the waning of “fundamentalism.” Or is it the growth of atheism? Here’s how it begins:
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:10:24 -firstname.lastname@example.org (Joseph Knippenberg) The
Public Religion Research Institute
has just released a
about American attitudes toward Christmas.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:27:55 -email@example.com (Joseph Knippenberg) Jennifer Michael Hecht laments
the fact that so few current public officeholders—-by one count, only five—-have professed their lack of faith. Indeed, it’s almost a mystery to her why more haven’t. After all, we have—-by her lights, at least—-a long and distinguished history on unbelief, even in the Oval Office (about which, more in a moment), not to mention a growing proportion of unbelievers (or at least religiously unaffiliated people) in the population. What better time to come out of this last closet?