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Last Call

August 15, 2022  •  Current

As the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, the AMC spin-off prequel to Breaking Bad, reaches its conclusion (the series finale airs this evening: Monday, August 15), it is receiving nearly universal accolades, including a glut of Emmy nominations. Although occasionally punctuated by intense conflict and violence, its pace is often more leisurely than what was common on Breaking Bad. In very different ways both shows provide compelling depictions of human evil and its devastating consequences, not just for the victims but also for the perpetrators.

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This Texas prison program is improving recidivism rates

June 6, 2022  •  The Dallas Morning News

Half of all people released from U.S. prisons return within three years. That's a sobering statistic, but it's one that can improve with help, in part, by a program pioneered right here in Texas.

The Prison Entrepreneurship Program, which operates in prisons outside of Dallas and Houston, is a highly interactive curriculum taught largely by business executives.

PEP includes a business plan curriculum joined to an intensive character assessment and development program, which helps "each individual to identify and remove the character traits and behaviors that stand in the way of positive life transformation."

More than 500 businesses have been launched by PEP graduates.

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Stephen Colbert makes the case that faith matters a great deal

March 27, 2022  •  The Dallas Morning News

On the same day that I was finishing reading a bracing new book, Paul Kahn's Testimony, a memoir about family betrayal, vengeance and the lack of love and mercy, someone sent me a clip of late night host Stephen Colbert discussing how his faith is connected to his comedy.

The intersection of the two themes set me thinking about the nature of faith and how its presence or absence can profoundly change our lives.

Colbert speaks about the connection among humor, sacrifice, and hope that are bound up in his faith. Kahn, a Yale University legal scholar, sees in his parents' lives a secular parable of a post-religious world in which forgiveness is impossible and hope in the face of death is no longer sustainable.

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Hope Comes from the Margins

March 8, 2022  •  Current

Last spring there was a surprising uproar in reaction to Howard University's decision to shutter its classics department, featuring critical commentary in major newspapers and cable shows. Given that better funded universities were also eliminating or scaling back classics and humanities programs—a point made by Howard's president in defense of the decision—why the furor over Howard?

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Higher Education Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

February 3, 2022  •  Public Discourse

The continuity between administration and teaching for me has always had to do with the question of the moral, intellectual, and spiritual development of young people. Finding creative ways to meet students where they are and draw them into the most important questions is a source of endless fascination for me. When it comes to education, it may be the case that, as Alasdair MacIntyre argues, the only way to carry on sustained debate is from within and between rival traditions, assuming, that is, that members of a particular tradition are genuinely interested in engaging perspectives quite different from their own.

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Books by Thomas Hibbs

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