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CARNES: Continuing to Venture Forward

CARNES: Continuing to Venture Forward

Over the stove in my kitchen, I have a small brass plaque that bears an inscription attributed to Michelangelo. It says simply, “I am still learning.” My mother gave it to me on the day I received my Ph.D., offering it as a gentle, slyly humorous admonition to not let[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
CARNES: Embracing the Mid-Semester Rhythm

CARNES: Embracing the Mid-Semester Rhythm

During my first two years of college, I rowed crew. OK, I didn’t actually “row” — at least not most days. I was a coxswain. Still, the experience taught me a tremendous amount. Perhaps the most significant lesson I learned was about what our coach called “the middle thousand,” and[Read More…]

CARNES: Rules for Returning Hoyas

CARNES: Rules for Returning Hoyas

At Georgetown, New Student Orientation offers a marvelous, nearly round-the-clock set of activities to welcome new Hoyas, introducing them to our community and offering them an array of tools to succeed. Sometimes I wonder if we ought to do something similar for returning Hoyas. Returning has its own dynamics, with[Read More…]

CARNES: What We Carry With Us

CARNES: What We Carry With Us

About four years ago, on a late April afternoon, I found myself racing through Dahlgren Quadrangle when I saw two students sitting on a bench. As I got closer, I recognized them as seniors who I had once taught and often saw around campus. I approached them to say hello,[Read More…]

CARNES: When Things Come Up

CARNES: When Things Come Up

Many of us have received that phone call, or that text or email: the one that comes unexpectedly and bears news that we did not want to hear. The illness, or even the death, of a loved one. The loss of a job by a parent or sibling, or concerns[Read More…]

CARNES: Embracing Our Jesuit Heritage

CARNES: Embracing Our Jesuit Heritage

Somehow it seems mightily appropriate that we celebrate Jesuit Heritage Week during these post-inauguration and post-march days, as our nation embarks on a transition of administrations that has thus far been unlike almost any other in its history. In the face of so much change, volatility, and uncertainty, our Jesuit[Read More…]

CARNES: Finding Civic Duty In Reconciliation

CARNES: Finding Civic Duty In Reconciliation

During my Sunday morning run, the words of the scrawled graffiti script leapt out at me: “The revolution will not be Snapchatted!” It was a jarring proclamation, and it shocked me out of the nervous rumination on the presidential election, just two days away then, that had dominated my thinking[Read More…]

CARNES: Find Hope, Humility In Jesuit Election

CARNES: Find Hope, Humility In Jesuit Election

This week, the eyes of Jesuits around the world are turned toward Rome. Since Oct. 3, 215 delegates have been assembled in a General Congregation — only the 36th in the 476-year history of the Jesuit order — and since Monday, they have been engaged in the election of a[Read More…]

A Lesson in Hope In Becraft’s Story

If you make your way up to Holy Rood Cemetery on Wisconsin Avenue and climb toward the ridge, you will see a tree stump off to your left, set back 20 yards from the path. Peering at several small gravestones closely, you can barely make out the wind- and rain-softened[Read More…]

Meaningful Exams For A Meaningful End

One of the most challenging things for a professor to do is to design a truly meaningful and transformative final exam or final paper. Yet, after 21 years of experience in higher education as both a student and professor, I have come to appreciate how powerfully a well-designed exam or[Read More…]

by April 21, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top