“The point was simply this: The most important thing we could never forget was that we could never forget,” said Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Reflects on Spiritual Life
Patrick Downes gave the Ignatian Society’s inaugural AMDG (ad maiorem Dei gloriam) Lecture on Monday night.
Haynes Analyzes Trump-Era Immigration Debate
Dina Haynes talked about Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Jenkins Lectures on the Ethics of Food, Alternative Food Movements
“Daily food demand in the wealthiest countries—mostly because of the demand for animal-based foods—requires producing around 8,000 calories of food to deliver 3,500 to each person, of which 25 percent is wasted,” Jenkins said. “But that seems to be the diet people want, for as incomes rise, humans everywhere are demanding more meat and more disposable products with empty calories.”
Doyle and Roozeboom Explore Connections Between Theology and Psychology
“As we spend time loving and caring for ourselves, our brain responds and our capacity to love and connect with our neighbor increases,” Roozeboom said. “What happens is people lose a sense of separateness between the self and others, and we have this experience of being at one.”
Christianity Can Relieve Tensions Over Race, Says Jennings
Willie Jennings, a theologian and professor at Yale Divinity School, believes that mistakes made in interpreting God’s word is the root of many social rifts, such as poor race relations and border debates.
Mansfield Examines Origins of U.S. Government
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” said Harvey Mansfield, a political philosopher and professor at Harvard. “Ambition must be made to counter ambition.”
Andersen Discusses Evolution of Fake News in Post-Truth America
“This is American exceptionalism in the 21st century,” Andersen said. “Our drift toward … doing our own thing, and having an altogether uncertain grip on reality has overwhelmed our other exceptional national traits and turned us into a less-developed country as well.”
Professor Discusses Power of Technology, Social Media in Ensuring Human Rights
Due to the widespread use of social media and smartphones, it has become much easier to protect human rights, said Jay Aronson, the director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob Nixon Highlights Efforts of Environmental Martyrs
Rob Nixon, the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and Environment at Princeton University, gave a lecture on Thursday evening as part of the Park Street Corporation Speaker Series, which invites guests to speak about the intersections of health, humanities, and ethics. After brief introductions by Amy Boesky, director of the…