Father James Martin, SJ: Learning to Pray 

Father James Martin of the Society of Jesus – also known as the Jesuits – speaks softly, but his words always have a lasting impact on his audience.  This missionary to his own homeland doesn’t like confrontation, but he welcomes it when an open and inclusive Church is at the stake.  Even those who don’t “like” MartinContinue reading “Father James Martin, SJ: Learning to Pray “

Matthias Lichtenthaler: The Digital Transformation of Daily Life

An unfathomable transformation is happening all around us: information is being translated into “bits:” those combinations of numbers that computers process with life-altering consequences.  As this “digital transformation” takes place, the old “analog” way of doing things becomes an exclusive luxury.  For example, compare emailing to writing a letter by hand and mailing it by the postalContinue reading “Matthias Lichtenthaler: The Digital Transformation of Daily Life”

Juan Muñoz: What is Urban Thinking?

Since the industrial revolution, ever more citizens have eagerly left behind self-sufficient rural lifestyles to become wage-earning employees.  Among the tradeoffs of that career switch is moving to crowded urban centers that are ill-prepared to deal with influxes of newcomers.  It’s an historical anomaly, but, today – even in the midst of a global health pandemic –Continue reading “Juan Muñoz: What is Urban Thinking?”

Julie Ford: A Non-Genre-Biased Choir?

20th-century musicologist Carl Dahlhaus tackles the problematic of what constitutes a music genre by framing it as a complex of expectations.  For instance, take the string quartet genre: one expects to hear two violins, a viola and a cello playing together, each instrument played by an individual musician who has spent time specializing in playing thatContinue reading “Julie Ford: A Non-Genre-Biased Choir?”

Arsentiy Kharitonov: Doctor of Music? 

In a not-too-distant past, the university and the conservatory were two separate worlds, each with their own concept of academic achievement.  In the United States, a shift toward consensus came about at the beginning of the Cold War, when music schools started awarding doctorates.  That elite degree was considered to fill “a gap” that existed because musicContinue reading “Arsentiy Kharitonov: Doctor of Music? “