Northern Lights

January 1, 2009 |

The broken sunlight spatters Joe Enzweiler’s log cabin with splotches of yellow-gold. It’s February, and on recent nights the temperature here near Fairbanks, Alaska, has dipped to 40-below zero. The morning air—in other months rich with the scent of alder, … Read More

On Pilgrimage

October 2, 2008 |

In this personal journal, Theology Professor Gillian Ahlgren chronicles her journey to Assisi, Italy, as part of her study of the spirituality of St. Francis in June.

[Read Gillian Ahlgren’s journal, “On Pilgrimage.”]

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La Verna, Basilica: Bringing Lessons to Life

October 2, 2008 |

LA VERNA Inching her way out on the ledge, Margie Hardebeck steadies herself by the railing and gazes at the sacred rock. She’s standing on the precipice across from where Francis, just two years before he died, received the wounds … Read More

Bring Lessons to Life

October 2, 2008 |

[Watch an online slideshow.]

A symphony of birds escorts Margaret Horne along a cobbled path leading from the medieval stone walls of the ancient city of Assisi, Italy, down a green sloping hillside still wet from the morning dew. It’s … Read More

Choices We Make

October 2, 2008 |

We asked our scholars to examine the following areas to help us better understand why we choose our leaders.

Gender I Christine Anderson, chair, department of history At the time that women got the vote, everyone thought it would make a … Read More

St. Francis of Assisi

October 2, 2008 |

Francis was born in 1182 to a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, Italy,  who expected his son to work for him. His mother, Pica, named him Giovanni after John the Baptist, but Pietro di Bernardone called him Francesco after his beloved … Read More

Gone Sweet Home

October 1, 2008 |

Tradition and memory are handy tools for giving life context and, by extension, meaning. Each generation carries its particular set of memories, built on the foundations provided by previous generations. For some Xavier graduates, it may be the old Red … Read More

Making Connections

July 2, 2008 |

A portrait of a stately woman adorns the entry to Hinkle Hall. Dressed in white gloves and a dark dress trimmed in white lace, she is modest, though clearly a woman of means. And a woman of business.

The portrait … Read More

The Hard Right

July 2, 2008 |

Judi Blair was devastated when the scandal broke. In an instant, much of her life savings was gone.

It was 2004, and Blair had then invested 38 years of her life—since age 18—and much of her savings in Dayton Power … Read More

Global Discovery

July 2, 2008 |

When it was time to say goodbye, Kristi Horstman cried. It was the last thing the senior expected. When she arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, four weeks earlier, she was so flustered by travel troubles that she just wanted the trip … Read More