On April 7, 2017, Georgetown University and the Pontifical Council for Culture co-sponsored a day-long conference under the name "Towards a New Market Economy: Justice, Culture, and the Social Market." The conversation was exceptionally broad—ranging from the limitations of the market and globalization's effects on immigrant and low-income rural communities to an extended examination of copyright law—but the animating theme of the day came from a keynote delivered in the morning by Michael Sandel, professor of philosophy at Harvard University.
Apr 12 2017
Alyssa Cadice April 12, 2017
I ventured to Seville, Spain in search of an authentic experience. I signed up for a full immersion program, foregoing dorm-style housing to live with a Spanish family and enthusiastically enlisting in classes where I am the sole international student. And while making a commitment to immersion transforms studying abroad from a prolonged vacation to a cultural experience, I found escaping American culture increasingly difficult in this globalized, interconnected world.
Apr 11 2017
April 11, 2017
On January 31, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the next Supreme Court justice, and this week Gorsuch is undergoing his Senate hearing. As a federal judge in Colorado, Gorsuch has proven to some to be a staunch defender of religious freedom. He sided with Hobby Lobby Stores, which objected to coverage of certain drugs and devices required by the Affordable Care Act contraceptive provisions in their employer-sponsored health insurance plans, and ruled in Yellowbear v. Lampert that a Native American prison inmate should have access to the sweat lodge in the prison yard, emphasizing the importance of the freedom to practice one’s faith while incarcerated.
Apr 7 2017
Briseida Valencia Soto April 7, 2017
“¿De dónde eres?” When I respond “I’m from Washington, D.C.,” most Mexicans usually follow with: “Did Trump send you to deport us?” Although a harsh statement, I know they mean it innocently and are just hoping to catch some laughs. However, I can’t help thinking that their playful responses are a coping mechanism for how Trump has hurt the Mexican community.
Apr 7 2017
Beatriz Perret Gentil April 7, 2017
Hong Kong, nicknamed “Asia’s World City,” is an eclectic region of cultures and traditions. Even its population’s faith is diverse and, although it is evident that Hong Kong residents’ faith is heavily influenced by Chinese civilization, it is difficult to point out which beliefs and traditions stand out as the most practiced.
Apr 7 2017
Alicia Kiley April 7, 2017
When I started college at the age of 18 years old, I felt simultaneously like an adult living on my own for the first time and like a camper waiting for my parents to come pick me up at any moment. Georgetown quickly became my entire world, as I joined two dance groups, SAPE, and other organizations, determined to get as much as I could out of Georgetown, beyond the classroom experience.
Apr 5 2017
Dan Zager April 5, 2017
One of the main parts of Cuban culture that has struck me is people’s willingness to share with each other. Coming from the East Coast of the United States and living in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., I’m used to people coldly pushing past each other in the street. I never really knew the people in my neighborhood growing up, even though there were children my age around the block. I grew up in a culture wary of strangers and with communities that weren’t necessarily closely knit. So when I came to Cuba, I initially found it hard to believe that people’s friendliness was genuine. I thought people were being kind just because it was easy to spot the Americans, and that perhaps they thought we’d make interesting conversation. However, I quickly learned that many people here just care about being friendly to the people in their neighborhood. My Cuban friends have called it just being “sociable” (in Spanish)—which doesn’t necessarily translate directly to "sociable," as there are multiple layers to this sociability.
Apr 4 2017
Beatriz Perret Gentil April 4, 2017
I didn't do much research about the lifestyle in Hong Kong before moving here for a semester. In my mind, I was going to a city with busy metro stations and skyscrapers with big windows, where people were always going to be in a rush. To my surprise I've had a different experience from the very start of my semester abroad.
Apr 4 2017
Tevin Simard April 4, 2017
Last week, I traveled Salvador, Brazil’s first capital, in Brazil’s blackest state, during a trip organized by my study abroad program. Though there were several incredible moments on the trip, I will talk about both a reflection I had there and the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé.
Mar 31 2017
Peter Mandaville March 31, 2017
Since the administration of George W. Bush, the U.S. government has placed consistently greater emphasis on building capacity within federal agencies to engage with religious actors and faith-based communities to achieve policy goals, domestically and abroad. Beginning with the establishment of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2001, this trend extended across the federal system. Today, offices or centers focused on engaging religious communities can be found within multiple departments and agencies including Commerce, Education, Labor, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).