Recommended reading! Read on... UPDATE as of April 30, 2018: The First Things link has expired. Here was my original text.
What has motivated
you to study Mary as a scholar?
I grew up in the Presbyterian church, which has no tradition
of devotion to the Virgin Mary. I first encountered the medieval devotion to
Mary through a course I took in college on women in the Middle Ages. At the
time, I was also reading a good deal of feminist theology, which seemed to me
at odds with the image of the Virgin that I encountered in the medieval
sources. My goal as a scholar has been to recover an appreciation for the way
in which medieval Christians prayed to Mary in the liturgy and imagined her
through their reading of Scripture. Without Mary, I have become convinced,
there can be no Christianity. I want to help modern Christians appreciate why
Mary is necessary both theologically and devotionally to our understanding and
experience of God. How do you teach
college students about the Virgin Mary in…
The players, in order of appearance
Fuzzy Bear, a gamer
Rules Bear, a stickler
Dragon, a creature
Medal Bear, a gentleman
Fencing Bear, an athlete
History Bear, an academic
Mammoth, a socialite
Bear of Hearts, friend of Mammoth
Clown Bear, another friend
Script by Master Bearson Production note: As I originally envisioned this morality tale, it was going to be entitled “Sexism 101,” but my son insisted that I be more subtle. And since the point of the piece is about the way in which women take over men’s games, and I had asked for his help giving the toys a game to talk about...it was only fair that I listen to him! Fencing Bear wanted to be much, much bitchier. Click on images to enlarge.
What would you do if during the course of a job interview you were accused of crimes so heinous that they would not only disqualify you for the position, but also land you in jail—justifiably, if you were guilty—for the rest of your life?
According to some 2,400 members of the American legal profession, including some of my own colleagues at the University of Chicago, Brett Kavanaugh is incapable of serving as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States because he was “intemperate” when accused publicly not just of high school and college drunkenness, but of rape, gang-rape, and attempted rape.
In their words:
Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge....
We are law professors who teach, research, and write about the judicial institutions of this country.... We regret that we feel compelled to write to you to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Thursday, September 28 [sic*], 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a …
What would you do if you found yourself in the presence of the divine?
Last Friday, my friends from Three Kraters Symposium and I gathered together in a secret location—we rented a house—for a special anniversary episode of our show. To mark the occasion, we decided to dress up—in togas. Our show is, after all, titled after the drinking vessels used in ancient symposia, and we open each episode with a toast to our health (“Ymas!”) and to the truth that we hope to imbibe through our conversation (“In vino veritas!”). Little did my friends know that I had something even more special in store for them than just a chance to meet each other in person!
Only I and a few helpers were in on the secret. As far as most of my friends knew, we were going to be recording that evening, so we would need to spend the day setting up, rearranging the furniture, getting the cameras and lighting ready, making sure everyone would be in costume for when we started filming the show. But then came the crisis:…
I have never met Dorothy Kim. I do not know why she decided to make me her target in January 2016. Since it is clear that many even in our field of medieval studies do not know – or are refusing to admit that they know – what she has been saying about me on social media, I will show you.
On June 5, 2015, I posted a short blog post, listing three “cheers” that I suggest we talk about as products of Western, a.k.a. European, a.k.a. “white” civilization. I entitled it “Three Cheers for White Men.”
On January 18, 2016, I learned from friends on Facebook that Dorothy Kim had found this post and was encouraging her friends in the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Facebook group to condemn me for posting it. Here is her initial post:
In response, I wrote a long series of blog posts clarifying what I had meant in praising “white” men for idealizing chivalry, consensual marriage, and women’s full participation in our representative democracy. These posts are linked in the original “Thr…