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On this, the ninety-third birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, we offer this essay on his inspiring vision of the ends and means of Catholic education. Today, we are in the midst of a great renewal in Catholic higher education. Colleges and universities founded after the Second Vatican Council with the intention of cultivating a...
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts is delighted to announce that students and alumni of the College have been selected to participate in an iconography workshop under the renowned iconographer George Kordis.  This extraordinary program, “Writing the Light,” will be held in Athens and Crete late this summer.   Through generous benefactors, Ms. Keri Wiederspahn, who...
The following remarks were offered by one of our theology professors, Karl Cooper, at a recent conference on Wendell Berry. Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891) inaugurated the modern economic age and placed the Catholic Church right in the middle of it.  The Church’s answer to the industrial revolution, Rerum Novarum describes two worlds,...
This article was originally published in the March 2020 issue of Inside the Vatican Magazine.  The crisis began well before Newman. In the seventeenth century, René Descartes released pathogens of skepticism and reductionism into higher learning that ultimately hollowed out its core and destroyed its foundations. The effects of his work and those who came after...
Magdalen College is proud to announce that Dr. Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, ‘94, has co-written the screenplay for Fátima, a film to be released nationwide on 1000 screens.  The film features Harvey Keitel and Sonia Braga as part of an international cast. The college will be scheduling a screening of the film for the fall of...
St. Genesius Players A Dramatic Reading of King Lear February 29 and March 1, 2020 6:15pm Magdalen College Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. May not be appropriate for all ages. Magdalen College 511 Kearsarge Mountain Road Warner, NH 03278 Contact [email protected] for more information. This production is part of our Spring Open...
As part of the ongoing formation for Dignitas Scholars, Dr. Erik van Versendaal, philosophy professor and Assistant Academic Dean at Magdalen College, led a seminar on John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020.   Students unable to attend the March for Life were given opportunities to deepen their understanding of and commitment to...
Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts Friday Night Lecture Series February 7, 7:30p.m. “The Boethius Option” Dr. Anthony Esolen Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Magdalen College On February 7, Anthony Esolen will present a lecture as part of the college’s Friday Night Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 7:30pm at Magdalen College in the...
Hope for the Church:  Heroic Young Catholics Last week, at the conclusion of our lively discussion of Beowulf, I asked the students in my seminar about the desire of young people for a heroic life.  Do young adults today desire such a life?  Some acknowledged that their peers in the broader culture can be too...
Catholic Liberal Education as Pro-Life Education As thousands of young people gather on the Mall on Friday to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, they do so with one view primarily in mind:  we must bring the slaughter of innocents to an end. But what if the Supreme Court returned the decision to...
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