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CARNES: In Silence, We Find Room for Reflection

CARNES: In Silence, We Find Room for Reflection

The life of a university is filled with words. We professors use them constantly, putting one after another for hours on end in our lectures, hoping to communicate the wisdom and knowledge our research and study have produced. We assign hundreds, or sometimes thousands of pages of reading, again filled[Read More…]

by January 28, 2014 0 comments Opinion

CARNES: Ignite a Deeper Joy in Academic Creation

When I bring guests to Wolfington Hall, one of my favorite things to do is to show them a special section in our house library dedicated to books by Georgetown Jesuits. It’s huge. Eight feet tall. About five feet wide. With well over 250 volumes, spanning an incredible range of[Read More…]

by November 18, 2013 0 comments Opinion
CARNES: Carroll Calls on Us to Gaze Past the Gate

CARNES: Carroll Calls on Us to Gaze Past the Gate

I have never sat on John Carroll’s lap. In fact, I’ve never even been tempted to try. But each time I cross Healy Lawn, I find my eyes drawn to that iconic statue that welcomes each person to the Hilltop. Over my four years as a professor here, I’ve come[Read More…]

by October 1, 2013 0 comments Opinion
CARNES: As Semester Closes, Minds Should Open

CARNES: As Semester Closes, Minds Should Open

Amartya Sen, an Indian philosopher and economist, calls it the “capability to lead the kind of lives we have reason to value.” American philosopher Martha Nussbaum says it entails a diverse set of capabilities, including bodily health and integrity, imagination, emotion, practical reason and a connectedness to other species and the environment. St.Irenaeus,[Read More…]

by April 4, 2013 0 comments Opinion
CARNES: Humility and Humor from Generations Past

CARNES: Humility and Humor from Generations Past

Last weekend, I spent some time in the Jesuit cemetery here on campus. As part of a tour for seniors and their parents, I walked among the graves and told the stories of several of the Jesuits buried there. I found myself inspired once again by the work of great[Read More…]

by February 7, 2013 0 comments Opinion

CARNES: A Virtuous Take on Citizenship

Georgetown students love politics. As a professor of government, this is a very good thing for me. It means that my classes are always full, students actually do the reading for my courses — at least most of the time — and there is always a group eager to debate[Read More…]

by November 9, 2012 0 comments Opinion
CARNES: Data Points to Education

CARNES: Data Points to Education

I love data. This should come as no surprise to any student who has taken my classes. I tend to pepper my lectures with graphs, charts, maps and dynamic data visualizations. Sometimes I use them to highlight trends, while other times, I hone in on a single outlier that begs[Read More…]

by September 14, 2012 0 comments Opinion