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  • Dr. Karl van Bibber (UC Berkeley)

    Dr. Karl van Bibber is professor and chairman of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. A nuclear physicist specializing in particle astrophysics and cosmology among other areas, he holds a Ph.D. in physics and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds numerous professional honors, memberships and fellowships in the scientific community, has been...

  • When the attached Peanuts cartoon first appeared in 1971, I was not yet born, but Bob Dylan, he of “your sons and your daughters are beyond your command,” was already aging out of the only population his generation was supposed to have any faith in. Remember "Don't trust anyone over 30"? (Actually, Jack Weinberg, the author of that famous quote, had turned 30 a year before). I suspect Charlie Brown’s melancholy might have been far worse had he realized that Bob Dylan would outlive him by 16...

  • While I was studying abroad, my mom and dad, Mary Jean and Bob, were able to meet my mom and dad, Maria and Bosco. That is, my biological mom and dad were able to meet my host mom and dad. During the week they visited me in Rwanda, my parents were treated to a very sincere and genuine hospitality, which included a visit to Maria and Bosco’s new house in the town of Nyamata.

    Nyamata is in southeastern Rwanda, about 40 kilometers from Kigali, where I was staying. We visited...

  • This Tuesday, May 24, America Media, in partnership with Imitatio and...

  • The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, one of the largest and most diverse dioceses in the U.S., is defending immigrants in a powerful essay that—without mentioning names—seems to take direct aim at Donald Trump and his supporters by ripping the “racist and xenophobic tendencies” in society and arguing that immigration in fact helps the economy.

    “Those who are in favor of mass deportation seem not to have an understanding of what this might mean for our reputation, and the lives of...

  • When I was a child, as I vaguely remember, there was some official Vatican publication known as “The Pope Speaks.” When I look back, I recall it to be entirely sober and cautious, written by speech-writers, vetted by the curia, printed in the pope’s name. Pope Francis is different, of course, and his interviews ever promise something new and unexpected. His latest, the interview with the French Catholic magazine, La Croix, with Guillaume Goubet and Sébastien Maillard, is no exception. It is...

  • Morley Safer was a witness to much of what happened in this world, and, because of his career in journalism, he was given opportunities to understand the nuances and complexities of it. And because he possessed such knowledge, he was gifted with the ability to see things and express what he saw in his usually inimitable way, using the tools of wry understatement and appreciable irony.

    He died of pneumonia at the age of 84 on May 19—barely five days after his official retirement from...

  • What do institutions that benefited from the sale and exploitation black bodies owe the descendants of slaves? How should individuals tainted by their complicity in the United States' "peculiar institution" be remembered or memorialized?

    These are questions all Americans must grapple with; but today at Georgetown University they are no longer simply being considered in the abstract.

    The Georgetown Memory...

  • This Friday, May 20, Editor in Chief Matt Malone, S.J., speaks to the Loyola Club of Cleveland about how America Media is working to deliver a "smart Catholic take on faith and culture." Tune in to the livestream right here at 12:15 p.m. ET:

  • Dr. Stephen Mirarchi (photo provided)

    Stephen Mirarchi is a Catholic layman, husband and father serving as assistant professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan . Specializing in the intersection of theology and literature, he holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Brandeis University, and he did additional work in theology at Kenrick School of Theology in St. Louis and Creighton University in Omaha....