Sightings Articles

Black graduation caps and the backs of multiple heads

higher education | Economics | humanities

(Not) Doing It for the Money

The American educational system and religion are more closely tied to economics than is readily acknowledged....

October 13, 2022

Books & Culture | liberalism | higher education

Faustian Bargains

The Great Books, Religion, and “Higher Education”...

January 28, 2022

Flannery O'Connor | Race and religion | Jesuits | higher education | Catholicism

A Summer Correspondence

The decision to rename a dormitory reveals the fragility of historical nuance...

September 21, 2020

higher education


I need to start with an apology. Today’s column departs from this publication’s modus operandi—“sighting” religion in current events in global cultures. Instead, with your forgiveness and permission, I’d like to use my space this month to reflect on ...

February 7, 2019

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | higher education | Roman Catholicism

Catholic Identity: A Balancing Act?

Early in my writing career I set out to describe a certain posture or pose, and chose—pretentiously, I admit—to speak of an “equilibristic stance.” The article which included this ungainly phrase was then translated into German, where it appeared, au...

June 24, 2018

Berkeley riot | Christianity | first amendment | free speech | freedom of expression | higher education | Milo Yiannopoulos | Stephen Prothero | Western civilization

Why Milo Scares Students, and Faculty Even More

Editor's note: For a collection of responses to this piece, please see “A Packet for Rachel Fulton Brown” (March 2, 2017). On Wednesday, February 1st, there was a riot at the University of California, Berkeley. The College Republicans had invited ...

February 16, 2017

CCCU | Evangelicals | higher education | LGBT rights | same-sex marriage

CCCU Tries to Thread the Needle

Issues of human sexuality continue to challenge evangelical Christian higher education organizations. As Martin E. Marty discussed in the October 17, 2016, issue of Sightings, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship recently announced a new policy to let g...

December 1, 2016