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Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves

Beyond the 272 Sold in 1838, Plotting the National Diaspora of Jesuit-Owned Slaves

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Antagonism Beyond Our Front Gates

It arrived through email in February of last year. The subject line declared, “Office of Student Conduct: Notice of Off-Campus Citation.” My eyes rolled passed the complaint: “Failing to ensure trash, litter or trash bags are placed in appropriate trash receptacle(s).” I cringed and kept scrolling. “Trash Work Sanction Hours.[Read More…]

by April 19, 2016 1 comment Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
Foreign Service Values Transcend Diplomacy

Foreign Service Values Transcend Diplomacy

Is the School of Foreign Service losing its soul? Some seem to think so. While career statistics reveal that shockingly few of the school’s graduates move immediately into the United States Foreign Service — they usually consult, instead — and the school rolls out many global business majors they ask:[Read More…]

by January 29, 2016 3 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
QUALLEN: Healy’s Inner Turmoil, Our Current Conflict

QUALLEN: Healy’s Inner Turmoil, Our Current Conflict

Last week, President DeGioia accepted a recommendation to scrub the names Mulledy and McSherry from university buildings. The names Freedom and Remembrance took their places. Mulledy and McSherry symbolized what was most odious about Georgetown and the Maryland Jesuits’ history — the conclusion of a century of contest and deliberation[Read More…]

by November 20, 2015 5 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
QUALLEN: Georgetown Academy: A Match In The Wind

QUALLEN: Georgetown Academy: A Match In The Wind

In 1965, Herbert Marcuse called for a new, repressive kind of tolerance. In 1987, Allan Bloom declared that relativism had closed the American mind. In 1991, The Georgetown Academy sprang into life between the slender legs of their powerful conflict. And now, it’s back. The Academy, which has oscillated between[Read More…]

by November 6, 2015 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
QUALLEN: Slavery Inextricably Tied To Georgetown’s Growth

QUALLEN: Slavery Inextricably Tied To Georgetown’s Growth

The facts of the sale are well known: In 1838, Thomas F. Mulledy and William McSherry, then the president of Georgetown, sold 272 Jesuit-owned slaves south. The sale was vicious and controversial. Mulledy, fearful that some slaves would escape if word of the sale got out, arrived unannounced on the[Read More…]

by October 23, 2015 4 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
QUALLEN: Catholic Identity Combats Klan Racism

QUALLEN: Catholic Identity Combats Klan Racism

Find a copy of 1921’s yearbook. Open it to page 171. Here’s what you’ll see: around a dozen young men in daHoyark suits. Their ties spill out of their vests and coiffed white collars top the ensemble. Look up. A banner blares: Georgetown University. Look down. There’s the caption: Ku[Read More…]

by October 9, 2015 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
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The Life of Pebbles

In the coming months, the university will open a campus-wide dialogue on its relationship with racism and slavery, which reached its nadir in 1838 when Fr. Thomas Mulledy, S.J., and the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 slaves to a Louisiana planter. Some might assume that Georgetown’s racial transformation took place in[Read More…]

QUALLEN: Slavery’s Remnants, Buried and Overlooked

QUALLEN: Slavery’s Remnants, Buried and Overlooked

Two weeks ago, the roughly 1,580 students comprising the Class of 2019 arrived on campus.  Beginning with New Student Orientation and trailing into the first months of their time on campus, these thousand and a half eager freshmen will begin to learn the geography of our collective home. They will notice,[Read More…]

by September 11, 2015 5 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top

On Painful, Senseless Hatred

From how it played out on the street and screen, you might think students were having fun. They smiled and laughed with witty signs, ridiculing the protestors just outside the gates. Dozens of students asked them questions, taking glee in the studied idiocy they received in return. The scene was[Read More…]

by May 2, 2015 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top