Author: Anthony Barr


The Crucible: A Flawed Play, Well-Performed

Eastern University’s theater program recently performed Arthur Miller’s award-winning play “The Crucible.” As with any play, “The Crucible” only succeeds where its cast is strong, and Eastern’s cast was more than sufficient for the task. Of particular note, were stellar performances by Niki Brown as the chillingly devious Abigail Williams, […]


Adoption Tax Credit Under Fire

      Adoption is costly. According to American Adoptions – one of the largest domestic adoption agencies in the US – the average domestic adoption costs over $30,000. This is an average, and many adoptions are significantly less costly, especially if the adoptive family is adopting out of the […]

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Thanksgiving Under the Shadow of Imperialism

In Defense of Thanksgiving Written by Jesse Whiteman        For most American families, including my own, thoughts of American imperialism are not a regular occurrence around the Thanksgiving table. Indeed, Thanksgiving in my family is a time of remembrance and connection. We remember where we have come from, […]


Speaking of Evil After a Tragedy

      The subtitle for a recent article in The Atlantic entitled “How ‘Evil’ Became a Conservative Buzzword” states that “the left and right rely on different moral languages in the wake of tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting.” The article’s author, Emma Green, writes that, in the wake […]

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Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

Martin Luther: From Pastoral Concern to Church Scandal Written by Zachary Nelson       On Oct. 31, 1517, a pious Augustinian monk sent a letter to the Archbishop of Mainz, Albert of Brandenburg, informing him of the mass sale of indulgences near Wittenberg, Germany. This letter contained 95 theses concerning […]


The Relationship between Ideas and Power

      Why did protesters threaten such violence that armed law enforcement with riot gear were needed as protection detail for conservative Ben Shapiro when he spoke at UC Berkeley on Sept. 25? Why did students at Middlebury College assault a speaker and a professor, sending the latter to […]


Patience in the Pursuit of Justice

      In a recent episode of Game Of Thrones, viewers watch Samwell Tarly scrub toilets, read books, scrub more toilets, read more books in a scene that lasts far longer than is comfortable. Of course we know that Samwell is going to discover something crucial that will have […]


Title IX, Legal Rights, and Language

       On Sept. 7, Education Secretary Betsy Devos gave a speech at George Mason University on Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments passed into law in 1972 that prohibits sex-based discrimination in higher education. The element of Title IX that Devos addressed in her speech was […]