February 2010

Dr. Ralph M. McInerny (1929-2010)
By Gary Scott on February 01, 2010

Dr. Ralph M. McInerny

Dr. Ralph McInerny, gentleman scholar, novelist, and devoted father and husband, died Friday. He was eighty years old.

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Who Should Go to Graduate School?
By Phil Hamilton on February 04, 2010

A little over a month ago I wrote a blog entry about who should go to college. But what about who should go to graduate school? Every year around this time, I’m usually writing at least several recommendation letters for history majors who will be finishing in the spring and who wish to go to graduate school in the discipline for an M.A. or the Ph.D. This is often an enjoyable task, as I recall the growth and development of these students over the years. Over the past several years, I've been increasingly encouraging my best students to go to graduate school if they have a desire. I certainly think many of them have the potential to be fine scholars and instructors, and that they will find an academic career satisfying and worthwhile.

However, as I sadly look at recent trends in higher education (especially in the midst of the current economic downturn), I've been wondering if I've inadvertently sold some of my students down the river.

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On Board the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on February 05, 2010

The USS Harry S. TrumanImagine going from 150 mph to 0 mph in 3 seconds. Imagine going from 0 to 150 mph in 3 seconds. Imagine a force four times that of gravity on your body. This is just part of what I was able to experience during my visit to the USS Harry S. Truman last week.

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Live from APSA's 2010 Teaching and Learning Conference
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on February 06, 2010

I am coming to you live from APSA's 7th Teaching and Learning Conference in Philadelphia.  Thus far, here are some important details:

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Snowed In at APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on February 06, 2010

 This picture captures the scene outside APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia.

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Live from APSA's 2010 Teaching and Learning Conference (Part II)
By Phil Hamilton on February 06, 2010

At 10a.m. this morning, we presented our paper.  We argued that the American political system cannot be studied like other political regimes around the world simply because of the United States’ unique cultural, historical, and political development.

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Concluding Thoughts on the APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference
By Lee Trepanier on February 08, 2010

The APSA's Teaching and Learning Conference concluded yesterday with a wrap-up session on our track, Internationalizing the Curriculum. It was my first time to this conference, so I have nothing to compare with, but I thought our paper and its position - the importance of understanding international politics through the lens of the American regime - was a much needed one.

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An Interview with Andrew Yuengert
By Gabriel Martinez on February 09, 2010

Dr. Andrew YuengertAndrew Yuengert is an economist.  But he's also steeped in the philosophy of his discipline and is well known as one of the few who think deeply into its foundations and its proper relation with ethics . A Professor of Economics at Pepperdine with a PhD from Yale (and a past-President of the Association of Christian Economists), he has written The Boundaries of Technique: Ordering Positive and Normative Concerns in Economic Research, from Lexington Books, and Inhabiting the Land: the Case for the Right to Migrate, published by the Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty.  He is currently researching a book on relationship between economic theories of choice and the Aristotelian concept of practical wisdom, and graciously agreed to answer a few questions about the love of his (intellectual) life.

Read the interview.

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Teaching Students Into the Natural Law
By RJ Snell on February 12, 2010

In a previous post I wondered if the primordial philosophic experience needed to know the natural law could be excised from the human, and if that might have happened to us now.

Whatever the answer to that question, another related one arises: how to teach so that students can understand the natural law.

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Lincoln's Birthday
By Dr. Michael Burlingame on February 12, 2010

Abraham LincolnToday is the 201st birthday of America's 16th president. 

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