Reflection on the June 2017 Summer Seminar

Cabrini Pak was a participant at our June 2017 summer seminar, “Virtue, Happiness, & Self-Transcendence” at the University of Chicago, and wrote this reflection piece based on the 5-day experience. Pak is a PhD Candidate in Religion & Culture at and Teaching Fellow, The Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics, at the Catholic University … Continue reading Reflection on the June 2017 Summer Seminar

Group Photo and Last Day of the Summer Seminar “Virtue, Happiness, and Self-Transcendence”

“I feel very fortunate to have listened to and engaged with such gifted people from so many places…” “I’m having a great fascinating time and I’ve heard attendees from all perspectives/traditions express how appreciative they are of getting this opportunity to have a respectful interdisciplinary discussion on these topics.” We feel the same, and grateful … Continue reading Group Photo and Last Day of the Summer Seminar “Virtue, Happiness, and Self-Transcendence”

Moral Art

This post was written after a visit to ArtAIDSAmerica Chicago, at the Alphawood Gallery, 2014 North Halsted Street, Chicago. The show runs through April 2, 2017.     It is hard to enter the space of the ArtAIDSAmerica Chicago exhibit without experiencing outrage. The massive human tragedy caused by years of governmental and mainstream social … Continue reading Moral Art

Last Week in Virtue: Atheists, Good Pagans and the Scandal of Hypocrisy

This post marks the first of a new occasional series, “Last Week in Virtue.” “But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another; it is a double life, a double life. A totally double life: ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this association and that one; … Continue reading Last Week in Virtue: Atheists, Good Pagans and the Scandal of Hypocrisy

On the Eve of a New Administration: Frederick Douglass on Civic Virtue in Turbulent Times

  Frederick Douglass is alive.   At least, that was the impression given by the 45th President of the United States when he praised Douglass at a recent Black History Month event, saying: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” The … Continue reading On the Eve of a New Administration: Frederick Douglass on Civic Virtue in Turbulent Times

The Job of Saints: Joan of Arc, 604 Years On

  This week marks the birthday of St. Joan of Arc, a devout farm girl born more than 600 years ago whose virtues of faith, chastity, and courage helped make her one of the patron saints of France, and of soldiers in the trenches of World War One. We know her birthday—January 6—more accurately than … Continue reading The Job of Saints: Joan of Arc, 604 Years On

Self-transcendence as civic duty: lessons from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby … Continue reading Self-transcendence as civic duty: lessons from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn