Letter from the editors

This week marks a return to our college after travels across the country and around the world—a sweet reunion of the summer Hillsdale diaspora. To our freshmen and transfers: welcome! To all returning: it’s good to be back. Tabulating all the places Hillsdale students have been this past summer would make for some fascinating accounting. Start with all our homes and internships and travels. Add … Continue reading Letter from the editors

Vignette: Europe

By Matt Sauer From early May to late July, my past, present, and future were woven together via the relationships Hillsdale fosters. I encountered alumni in subterranean Anatolian churches and at quiet pubs along the Thames. I supped with prospective Hillsdale students under the storied spires of Oxford. I gleefully bounded across Hittite ruins with friends made during my freshman year. When I was surrounded … Continue reading Vignette: Europe

Vignette: Washington, D.C.

By Morgan Brownfield This summer, four dozen Hillsdaleans migrated to L’Enfant’s carefully planned city. The students savor the blistering southern heat and humidity, readying this memory for future summoning in mid-February, when above-zero temperatures are all but forgotten. And even in a city tempted by means and neglectful of ends, both goodness and prudence are evident and honored, written with a sunbeam on the whole … Continue reading Vignette: Washington, D.C.

Vignette: Oxford, England

By Tomás Valle Morning breaks from the east, soaring above thick stone walls and bursting against the loftier chapel spires. The rhythm of prayer—morning, noon, evening, and again morning—weaves in and out of college life, and the stone floors of each chapel have borne the scuffling feet of scholars, their minds devout, dissolute, or merely distracted. Yet the noonday angelus calls all souls alike, be … Continue reading Vignette: Oxford, England

How to Cross the Street and Other Lessons I Learned in England

By Grace Marie Wierenga, with some jokes by Brett Wierenga  Ten months ago, my husband and I arrived in Oxford, England, laden with four large suitcases, two carry-on bags, and two backpacks, sporting the chunky winter coats we couldn’t fit anywhere else. Brett is currently studying for his master’s degree in Economic History, an interdisciplinary field all but extinct in the United States, and I’m … Continue reading How to Cross the Street and Other Lessons I Learned in England

“An old thing born of a very distant place”: On the oddness of Christianity

By Evan Gage “Christianity was the last great work of Greek mythology.”I’d heard some odd things hosting an English conversation club with a Turkish university’s Theology Department, but I couldn’t quite make sense of this one. I must have betrayed my confusion, so my student continued.  “It’s just another Zeus story. Zeus is a god, then Zeus is a bull. Zeus, God, comes to earth. … Continue reading “An old thing born of a very distant place”: On the oddness of Christianity

Restoring Liturgical Imagination

By Timothy Troutner By the time I returned from Turkey this summer, I’d become convinced that American Christians have a lot to learn from the builders of the underground cities and towering domes that I and the rest of my class in the Honors Program had wandered through on our three-week trip. The iconography and Marian devotion displayed in ancient near eastern Christianity presented a … Continue reading Restoring Liturgical Imagination