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Glenn Arbery

Glenn Arbery
Dr. Glenn C. Arbery is President of Wyoming Catholic College, where he previously served as Dean and Associate Professor of Humanities. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, the University of Dallas, and at Assumption College where he was d’Alzon Professor of Liberal Arts. He is the author of Why Literature Matters (2001) and the editor of two volumes, The Tragic Abyss (2004), and The Southern Critics: An Anthology (2010).

Like it or not, final exams provide a better analogy to the Last Judgment than one would like to think: All that was hidden comes to light... Finals: the very word does something alarming to the...
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Nothing breaks through melancholy like a baby. During Advent, we wait for that moment of absolute newness that we need within but cannot muster, that moment when the whole of the divine nature, the whole meaning of universes beyond number, lies helpless before us...
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Transformation of a life or a culture begins with a wound, a sacred weakness—wonder, love, openness to grace... Being on the road for Wyoming Catholic College leads to a certain benign distortion in my view of contemporary...
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The students of our college talk to each other without electronic distraction, they look adults in the eye, they laugh often and easily, they exercise wit without reflexive cynicism, they love dancing and singing and playing instruments; they love the classics and the outdoors...

The Founders saw their historical moment in terms that transcended the moment... Recently, Wyoming Catholic College hosted its first public lecture of the Annual Lecture Series, featuring Dr. R.J. Pestritto of Hillsdale College who spoke on “Progressivism, Political Philosophy,...
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Language has an extraordinary place in an education like ours because our aim is the restoration of the world and the transformation of culture through Christ the Word... Earlier this week, I was having lunch in the cafeteria...
realism
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Longing for the enchanted world underlies the poetic imagination, but it’s the light of common day that we inhabit, thus we should value realism in the imaginative realm... One of the themes of frequent discussion at Wyoming Catholic College...
revealing
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Making art is a mode of revealing the world in new ways... For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing about the opportunity to make a new Catholic culture, not from scratch and not from attempts to...
silence
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The more silence can become a way of life in this noisy age, the more a new culture will radiate from its blessings... Last week I suggested that, despite the drift of Western culture, a time like...
forgetfulness remembering being

“Forgetfulness of being”—perhaps we could also call it “forgetfulness of givenness”—underlies most of the problems that we face... Final exams (of blessed memory at this point) are always a way of getting students to pull...
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This time of retrenchment is also the opportunity to begin reconceiving what a new Christian culture—made from the old—might look like... The recently revived Wyoming School of Catholic Thought has me thinking about how we...
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Modestly, without arrogance or triumphalism, our graduates will be the mustard seeds of cultural transformation... Graduation is always a bittersweet time, because we have come to know the students so well, from many different sides. It is...
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The best things are not the things we buy, but those we inherit. In what Burke calls the age of “sophisters, economists, and calculators,” I am struck again by the superb phrase he uses to summon up the nobility and beauty that characterize inheritance: “the unbought grace...
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Those whose intellectual heritage lies in the Enlightenment find in the contemporary world the furthest reach of an inexorable progress against forces of primitive and reactionary religious belief. What is “religious liberty” to them but a sanction for oppression?...