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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
CARNES: Investing in the Hard Discussions

CARNES: Investing in the Hard Discussions

We live in a broken world. This semester, I have been teaching a new course on the politics of inequality. Each week my students and I try to better understand how socio-economic status, race, religion, gender, education, geography, politics and history have contributed to the chasms we observe today. At[Read More…]

CARNES: The High Calling of Bothered Excellence

CARNES: The High Calling of Bothered Excellence

What makes a Jesuit education different? Over the years, I have heard many efforts to describe the unique chemistry of a place like Georgetown. Last week, though, I heard one that was genuinely new for me. A Jesuit who has served as president of two universities summed up our educational[Read More…]

Janet Zhu

CARNES: The 6 Habits of Highly Effective Hoyas

  Now that the add/drop period has come to a close, we enter a different phase of the semester. The slow, “Georgetown 3-4-5” start is reaching its finale (we had three days of class the first week, four days this week and will have five full days next week). Ready[Read More…]

CARNES: A Passion for Reading Outside Academic Texts

CARNES: A Passion for Reading Outside Academic Texts

Shortly before being named national security adviser in 2000, Condoleezza Rice admitted in a newspaper profile that she had “stopped reading for pleasure” early in life. Hers was a driven childhood, in which her parents and teachers pushed her to excel, and she was pushed into so many book clubs[Read More…]

by March 7, 2014 0 comments Commentary, Opinion