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August 19, 2019

Is Nationalism Consistent With the Catholic Faith?

IHE Fellow V. Bradley Lewis, Ph.D., writes about how the nationalism of past human history is not the same thing as the just consciousness and even pride in national identity.
August 6, 2019

Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship: Seeking Earthly and Heavenly Flourishing

The Civitas Dei Fellowship is just the latest fruit of the long friendship enjoyed between The Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies, a camaraderie extending itself in service to Church and State. Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., Professor of Moral Theology, Dominican House of Studies writes about how these two institutions work towards the flourishing of two societies — the heavenly and the earthly.
August 1, 2019

The Impact of Common Core

In this piece from Emmett McGroarty, director of the Subsidiarity and the Constitution program, he discuss the use of Common Core in American schools, and its long term impact on our culture and society.
July 22, 2019

State Department launches panel focused on human rights and natural law

William Saunders, JD, director of the MA in Human Rights program, is quoted by the Washington Post regarding the launch of the State Department's panel focused on human rights and natural law.
July 12, 2019

Reflections from an Institution

MA in Human Rights program director, William Saunders, joins as faculty for the annual Summer Seminar on the Free Society in the Slovak Republic. Learn more about this important effort.
July 12, 2019

Former US Ambassador to Holy See to Chair New Human Rights Commission

Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and board member of IHE's MA in Human Rights program, will head a new human rights advisory body to the U.S. State Department.
June 25, 2019

Is a Civil Public Discourse Even Possible?

Over the last 20 years, public discourse has tended toward the shrill and irrational, punctuated with occasional violence. No sharing of opinions. Don’t ask questions.  No discussion of points of view. Empathy is dead. Socialization—an essential human activity—is regulated by the mob, and its walls are shrinking.
June 10, 2019

The European Slide Toward Irrelevance

Elections for the European parliament, regardless of the results, are always a celebration of the EU project. Blue flags with the 12 golden stars are omnipresent when a “European electorate” casts its vote in what is considered the largest election in the world outside India. But the most recent elections are important for a different reason: They are part of a longer trend that is pushing Europe toward global irrelevance.
June 5, 2019

Exploring Wonder and Beauty in the Scientific World

How do aesthetic factors such as beauty, awe, and wonder shape the practice of science? Are such experiences help or hindrance to scientific progress? And do they vary across disciplines and national cultures? IHE Fellow Brandon Vaidyanathan, along with others, addressed these questions during the International Symposium on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Science.
May 24, 2019

A Meaningful Life

For years I have taught The Apology in my introductory philosophy class. Every year, some students hate Socrates. One year, one of my students found Socrates particularly annoying. As we were working through the text, she slammed her book down in frustration.

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The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Avenue NE
339 Caldwell Hall
Washington, DC 20064