Essay

Powering Down

America’s status as a global media leader — in film, TV, pop culture, internet content — has provided a platform to promote free speech and oppose censorship. But content generation is increasingly internationalized, and the U.S. may be losing both marketshare and self-identity.

Advent: Waiting, Preparing

Christmas can become a day of such elaborate ritual and celebration that simply getting ready for it can overwhelm the entire month of December. We asked several members of the LMU community to share their reflections on Advent, as a way of helping us to appreciate the path to Christmas and draw wisdom from the waiting. —The Editor

Slow Down

That the manic pace of modern life is atomizing the comprehensive education work of universities is no new criticism. Today’s seemingly infinite proliferation of information and info sources is nearly overwhelming. The notion of “slow time” — to pause, reflect, integrate, then act — is a response. We asked David L. Ulin to give slow time some thought.

Imagined L.A.: Brian Doyle on the City’s Past and Future

Brian Doyle says that of all literary forms the essay is “closest to the human voice at play; the most naked unadorned form, with none of the filters and often stilted self-indulgent vibe of the other forms; the essay is you and your friend having a pint and telling tales with glee and tears.” Doyle has never set foot in Los Angeles. But his song of this city, an original essay, describes a place we recognize.

The Interreligious Imperative

In a radio address given in September 1962 shortly before the Second Vatican Council opened, Pope John XXIII expressed the hope that the council would present the Church as “the Church of all, and especially of the poor.”

The Power and Promise of the Liberal Arts

What is the value of a liberal arts education? From the public to the press to the U.S. president, the quality of university education is a burning issue. The challenge can be seen in the falling numbers of liberal arts…