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In The News: “Jesuit Commons” Online Course Reaches Refugee Camps

Libby A. Nelson reports at Inside Higher Ed today about the efforts of the Jesuit Commons online course program to bring bring free university courses to refugee camps in Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia.  Here is a sample:

“One of the most remote outposts of Jesuit higher education is tucked away in dusty northwest Kenya, in a place whose name means “Nowhere” in Swahili.

“There, at Kakuma Refugee Camp, a small group of students — refugees from several neighboring African countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia — are enrolled in online courses taught by 28 Jesuit colleges, mostly in the United States.

“The courses are part of Jesuit Commons, a project that seeks to bring courses from the order’s universities to refugee camps worldwide. So far, the program has enrolled about 225 students at three camps in a diploma track that will eventually lead to a credential from Regis University, a Jesuit college in Colorado with a well-established online presence; more than 350 students have participated in service learning courses intended to give them knowledge they use while still at the refugee camps.”

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/27/jesuit-universities-offer-online-courses-refugee-camps#ixzz2OkQ364UF
Inside Higher Ed

Posted by Joe Creech

Article on the Poetry and Life of Christian Wiman in The Chronicle Review

Terrific article on Christian Wiman at The Chronicle Review, which, at present, is unlocked.  The article explores the intersections of art and Christian belief and practice in Wiman’s work and life.  Read here.

Posted by Joe Creech

Article on Book, Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation

Over at the Religion in American History blog, historian Mark T. Edwards’ article, “Is there a Christian Approach to History,”  offers some thoughts on Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian’s Vocation, edited by John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller.  Confessing History was a finalist for the 2011 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award.  Read more here.

Added 3.26.13:  John Fea responds to the posting at the Religion in American History blog here at his blog, The Way of Improvement Leads Home.

Posted by Joe Creech

Spring Newsletter from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has posted its spring issue of Update: The Newsletter of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.  The link is here.

Posted by Joe Creech

Over at Religion in American History – A Post about the Recent Papal Election

Former Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow Charles Strauss contributed an interesting account of the recent election of Pope Francis.  Check it out and learn more about the media’s treatment of past papal elections, including Pius IX and Leo XIII, among others.  There are even interesting historical pictures!

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