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Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

The Prisoner: "I Am Not a Number. I Am a Free Man!"

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.28.2012 | TV
John W. Whitehead

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who w...

Cinematic Superman: The Astonishing Legacy of Clint Eastwood

John Farr | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This was the not the first title I had in mind for this piece. But when I dug into Clint Eastwood's life and career, it seemed particularly apt -- and not even close to an overstatement.

Dead Folks, 2009: The Missed and the Not Missed

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Here's my own brief look at some of the more notable celebrity deaths of 2009. As always, they fall into two categories: "The Good Riddance List" and "The Folks We'll Miss List."

Misc Takes

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

American Idol's debut was down 10%. Paula, time to do something really wacky in public again. Earn your keep.