Monthly Archives: April 2010
Alissa Wilkinson  |  April 26, 2010  |  Education, Media

One of my favorite websites in the past year has been ProfHacker, a multi-author blog for the college or university professor (and mostly aimed at the adjunct or junior faculty member). The blog covers pedagogy, productivity, technology tools, and other things are are helpful to those of us who are just starting out in our uni-level teaching careers. (I can’t confirm this, but I’m pretty … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  April 23, 2010  |  Arts

  Sometimes we encounter new swaths of life that are surprising and unexpected. That’s how I felt when I read “The Listener,” an article about nighttime radio host, George Noory, in the January/February issue of The Atlantic. According to author Timothy Lavin, Noory’s show, Coast to Coast AM is by far the most popular nighttime radio show. The syndicated show is carried on 525 affiliate … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  April 22, 2010  |  Media, Tech

  “When you cut off the arterial blood to an organ, the organ dies. When you cut the flow of nature into people’s lives their spirit dies.” So says Adbusters “Ecopsychology” issue (on newsstands this week.) It’s easy for me to imagine Jesus saying the same thing. Next week during Digital Detox Week we have the opportunity to pull back from the wired world and … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  April 21, 2010  |  Leadership, Politics, Religion, Vocation

Freshly back from God and the Global Economy, the mind is abuzz with economics, politics and ways of integral living. A few takeaways: Paul Mills, on capital markets and a breathtaking Biblical critique of modern interest practice Jonathan Wellum, on debt ridden overconsumption and the hypocrisy of academia’s moral assault on the modern corporation< Father Raymond DeSouza and lots of JP2, “by virtue of being ... MORE »

Jess Hale  |  April 20, 2010  |  Civic Core, Justice, Politics, Vocation

During this past season of Lent I found myself in an engaging group study of Sara Miles’ Take This Bread at a Disciples of Christ congregation in Tennessee. Working through Miles’ story of conversion to the Christian faith through the witness of the Eucharist provided food for my soul while I labored through a demanding budget and public policy season as an attorney in public … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  April 19, 2010  |  Education

The Chronicle had a piece on Friday called “Bad Writing and Bad Thinking“: By writing prose that is nearly unintelligible not just to the general public, but also to graduate students and fellow academics in your discipline, you are not doing the work of advancing knowledge. And, honestly, you don’t really sound smart. I understand that there are ideas that are so difficult that their … MORE »

Christina Crook  |  April 15, 2010  |  Fashion

  Toronto Fashion Week wrapped up at the start of April. If you’re to believe some media reports, says the Toronto-based F List, the best of Canada isn’t at LG Fashion Week at all. It’s at Holt Renfrew, Canada’s chi-chi retailer with stores from Calgary to Vaughn, Ontario. Holt hosted a media breakfast at the start of fashion week giving journalists a taste of Canada’s … MORE »

Robert Joustra  |  April 14, 2010  |  Economy, Politics

Last fall some friends and I wrote an open letter signed by a variety of prominent evangelicals calling people of faith everywhere to respond to the papal encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. That cycle has taken on a life of its own, including a conference this past weekend at Princeton University on Civilizing the Economy. Last month I helped host a conversation at the Paideia Centre … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  April 12, 2010  |  Literature

In that “other magazine I edit,” I published an article on Friday about the problem with Twilight: The problem with Edward and Bella—and most other surfacing stories of the undead—is that the seductiveness of the vampire is glorified, not condemned. Even in Bram Stoker’s original masterpiece, Mina feels nothing but wretchedness after being taken by Dracula; she dedicates herself to his destruction after the fact. … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  April 9, 2010  |  Journalism

I’ve always taken a keen interest in both the reading and crafting of books. Here at Cardus we have also been conducting experiments with super fast on-demand publishing via the Espresso 2.0 machine at McMaster. Given the contrast of traditional and publishing on demand I thought this little gem from Mark Lefebvre might be worth watching. “This man is an author…” … MORE »