Devon, PA. I am pleased to report that FPR will once again hold a roundtable discussion at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 2011 Conference ,which runs 10-12 November. Joining a few FPR writers for good talk and cheap burbon may be itself a reason to attend, but, as I have written previously, this may be the last of the CEC’s wonderful annual conferences, which I have been attending off-and-on since my student days and by which my life has been changed for the better. For those who are wary of academic conferences, let me say that the conference register is that of public intellectuals rather than academic specialists, of Christian Humanists rather than partakers of internecine disciplinary warfare. Oh, it is a wonderful time.
I hope our presence there will at once quiet the occasional accusation that I or others on this site hold a grudge against Our Lady’s University; but I hope it will also serve as a reminder that Notre Dame, like most of academe, suffers from not a double but a multiple consciousness that threatens the one true mission of education: the initiation of young persons into the contemplation of unity, truth, goodness, and beauty, that they may name and know God. Fittingly, the subject of the panel will be the Place of Education.
For recent news on the state and travails of Notre Dame, see this interview with Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.