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On the edge of discovery

Academic freedom protects the ongoing conversation between faith and reason that constitutes the Catholic intellectual tradition. In this issue, we explore the implications of this necessary privilege for a college that is deeply rooted in three core traditions: Catholic, Norbertine, liberal arts.

On the cover: The interplay between his scholarly and extracurricular passions is not lost on Michael Olson (Physics), who will compete in the American Cup Final-Short Track/National Age Group Short Track Championships this spring.

Publication Date

Spring 2012


Norbertines, abbot general, Order of Premonstratensians, radical hospitality, Commons, eat, Howard Ebert, liberal arts studies, Shane Kohl, Sabine Hyland, Peruvian, anthropology, Commencement, physics, David Wegge, Tropic Shale, Rebecca McKean, prehistoric, geology, species, toy, roommates, New Mexico, basketball, track and field


Media Web Extras:

  • The Catholic context for higher education - College president, abbot and bishop bring perspectives from their three institutions.
  • Let's Eat! First course - Students react to their first opportunity to enjoy the Michels Commons dining experience.
  • Let's Eat! Second course - Our photo gallery showcases all that the new Commons has to offer.
  • On academic freedom - Patrick McCormick, of Gonzaga University, speaks to the relationship between theologians and the Church, in a lecture at St. Norbert College.
  • First of a kind - Shane Kohl, first to graduate with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, talks about the program. Embedded.
  • On Jesuits and Incans - Sabine Hyland (Sociology) reflects on a mix of cultures that dates back to the 16th century.
  • A new species - Rebecca (Schmeisser) McKean ’04 (Geology) talks about the moment of discovery.
  • Liberal arts at work - A liberal arts education enriches opportunities in the corporate world.
  • Santa Maria de la Vid - Celebrating the beauty of the abbey’s second daughter house.

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Spring 2012: Academic Freedom