A long time ago, in what seems like a much different life, I had a huge crush on Gabriel Byrne. I am not exactly proud of that, but he was one of many actors that I have had crushes on, and is always the case when I have a crush on an actor, I must … Continue reading Stigmata: Viewing the Church as Bad Guy
Another good consideration of how online courses from Catholic universities could, and perhaps should, retain aspects of their Catholic identities in online courses. One thing I would add — from my limited understanding — is the ability for an in-depth reflective process online that would be akin to the beholding process of engaging with one’s self, others, and the cosmos. Given the time and space possibilities in online courses, such reflection could be encouraged to really engage with any topic of a course, and thereby lead to greater learning, greater understanding, and greater appreciation.
What is it that makes an education Catholic?
Can one get a Catholic education online?
Would a degree from an online program be any more or less Catholic than one from a “traditional” college or university?
As I was thinking about this post for today, I wanted in particular to draw on insights from Brian Flanagan’s post about the models of Catholic higher education. Brian very helpfully noted that most of the “Catholic Identity” debate centers on disagreements between Immersion and Persuasion models of Catholic education. As I looked at those models, I thought about my own institution and where it might fit. Saint Leo University is partly a “Diaspora” school, in that our student body is predominantly non-Catholic and we are a (mostly) regional draw. We are also more of the “Cohort” type of school: while we maintain a structured core-curriculum of liberal arts study, many of our…
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I recently came to be interested in professional wrestling. For awhile there -- as in most of my life -- I thought wrestling to be beneath me, an entertainment that degrades those who do it and those who watch it. I was wrong: there are many layers to this sports entertainment, and it is quite … Continue reading Legion: Or, the Exorcism Movie that Makes Me Sad for Roddy Piper
Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of those interesting actors. Best known as an incredible actor throughout his entire career, sometimes he will do movies that are, for lack of better words, slumming it - doing a movie for a paycheck. Freejack. Alexander. The Edge. The Wolfman. Red 2. To be fair, I cannot really blame … Continue reading Sir Anthony Hopkins Performs an Exorcism in The Rite
If you are not aware of it, then I should warn you -- we are kind of in a period where zombie fervor has some what taken over American pop culture. We've been in this period for awhile now, over a decade in fact, tracing back to movies like Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later... (2002), … Continue reading [REC]2: When Possession Becomes Infectious
So...this movie. The Amityville Horror (1979) has had a long lasting cultural impact, spawning a remake in 2005 and numerous sequels, prequels, sidequels, TV references, and more. Based on a true story, and another example of a supernatural occurrence investigated by the Warrens (of The Conjuring fame), the original film focuses on a family where … Continue reading Amityville II: The Possession — and the Rapes
A good found footage movie relies on its ability to trick you into thinking, just for a second, that maybe this could have been happening. We all know it didn't -- the fact that we are seeing a "movie" is the largest proof against that idea -- but we still like to trick ourselves in … Continue reading The Devil Inside: The One that Pissed Off People