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Art and History

Travel Books

Gregory Greif’s essay received an honorable mention in this magazine’s 2019 Young Alumni Essay Contest.  Travel Books When traveling, I always make sure to bring a book....

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Science and Technology

Destination Mars

Before he answers any questions, Mark Kirasich wants to clarify the nature of his job. “I am NASA’s Orion program manager,” he says, presuming — correctly — that...

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Health and Society

A Sisterhood of Sorts

When the University of Notre Dame went coed in 1972, it did so on the crest of a wave that seemed poised to change everything for American women. The Equal Rights Amendment had...

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Science and Technology

A Remedy for Battered Hearts

How do you represent resilience? Is it Rosie the Riveter, her bicep flexed? Is it a diamond, one of the hardest substances on Earth? Or does resilience resemble hope, which Emily...

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Art and History

The Days the Music Lived

On a Saturday afternoon in late April, the only sound in the grassy bowl behind the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York, is the occasional passing car. Sometimes...

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Career Development

Newspaper Man

It was the summer of ’69, and Matt Storin was waiting anxiously in the U.S. Capitol press gallery for the Senate’s return from its August recess. A month before,...

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Health and Society

The Lost Virtue

Ask people, “Who or what comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘greatness of soul’?” and you will encounter blank looks and a confusing ragbag of replies. I know. I’ve...

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Religion and Philosophy

The Good Shepherd

The first time I heard about Stan Rother, I was standing in the room where he was killed. It was a sitting room, about 28 feet by 20 feet, in the rectory of Santiago Apóstol, the...

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Art and History

The Surprise-Packed Cosmic Funhouse

The world is a magical place. I believe this to be true, although many would quarrel with the meaning of “magical.” It is surely a realm possessed of wonders. Many of these...

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Religion and Philosophy

What Is the Way Out of Here?

“It seems to be a fact that you have to suffer as much from the Church as for it,” Flannery O’Connor once wrote, and for Catholics, each day’s headlines this past year...

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Science and Technology

Are We Alone?

In October 2017, a telescope in Hawaii detected the first confirmed “interstellar object” spotted in our solar system. Christened ‘Oumuamua (pronounced oh-MOO-uh-MOO-uh),...

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Health and Society

To Believe is Human

The capacity to see beyond what’s in front of our eyes has shaped humanity in profound ways, says Agustín Fuentes, the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, Professor of Anthropology....

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