Published July 25, 2013
Do Elephants Have Souls?
In EPPC’s New Atlantis journal, senior editor Caitrin Nicol explores the biology and history of that most bewitching and impressive creature of all, the elephant, in her widely-acclaimed article “Do Elephants Have Souls?”
The Weekly Standard hailed Nicol’s essay as “an amazing piece,” and it also garnered praise from National Review and Slate. The essay is part of a larger symposium on Man and the Animals: read Noemie Emery on the pleasures and problems of horseracing, and Diana Schaub on dogs’ unique relationship to their masters.
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Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel Receives Honorary Doctorate
EPPC is proud to announce that Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ukrainian Catholic University, only the third honorary doctorate ever bestowed by the school. In his commencement address, Weigel encouraged the graduates to “build a civic culture of freedom ordered to goodness in Ukraine.” For Weigel, who holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, the honorary doctorate is his eighteenth.
EPPC Welcomes New Communications Director
Earlier this month, EPPC welcomed our first-ever communications director, Josh Britton. Britton joins EPPC after five years on Capitol Hill, where he served as a communications adviser to U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana. He was also a fellow at the Trinity Forum Academy from 2007-2008.
Humanae Vitae at 45
Reflecting on the sapphire anniversary of an encyclical that “was unread, untaught, ill-considered, and thus unappreciated,” EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel lauds Pope Paul VI for having “anticipated the cultural impacts of the contraceptive society with a clarity of foresight” that is remarkable and for “having had the courage to teach what was true.” Read more>>
Deconstructing Reality and Zimmerman
The left’s reaction to the George Zimmerman trial is “post-modernism on full display,” explains EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner, where justice is merely a “tool in the larger political struggle.” Read more>>
Reviving Alfred Munnings
British painter Alfred Munnings “erased himself” from art history by his attacks on modernism, observes EPPC Senior Fellow Bruce Cole, but a new exhibit that features “an admirable survey of his art” may mark his rehabilitation. Read more>>
Much Obliged: Religion Is Not Just One Choice among Many
The autonomy of religious communities begins not simply with “their being communities,” argues EPPC Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin, but rather with the understanding that “religion is more than just another ideology.” Read more>>
Letter from Ukraine: A Church of Martyrs Confronts the Cultural Iron Curtain
EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel describes the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church as a “Church in mission”—and perhaps the key to mending the country’s “self-destructive moral and mental habits of its colonial and totalitarian past.” Read more>>
Bases Loaded: The Smooth Moves, and Rough Edges, of Baseball’s Infancy
The last quarter of the 19th century is a largely overlooked period in baseball history, and Edward Achorn’s The Summer of Beer and Whiskey entertainingly helps to “fill in the gap,” writes EPPC Resident Scholar James Bowman. Read more>>
Obama’s Claims Nothing but Dust in Wind
EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner calls attention to the discrepancy between the “new beginning” in the Arab world that President Obama promised and the “turmoil” and “disaster” that have ensued. Read more>>