Kresta in the Afternoon – December 18, 2019 – Hour 2

+  Kresta News Roundup: The Mob Mentality of Identity Politics

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    • The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

      A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in NonfictionNew York Times Notable Book Bloomberg Best Book of 2018 The New York Times bestseller! Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen? First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weakeralways trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life. Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines. (learn more)

    • The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity

      The challenging and brilliantly-argued new book from the bestselling author of The Strange Death of Europe. In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century's most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed. In their place have emerged a crusading desire to right perceived wrongs and a weaponization of identity, both accelerated by the new forms of social and news media. Narrow sets of interests now dominate the agenda as society becomes more and more tribal--and, as Murray shows, the casualties are mounting. Readers of all political persuasions cannot afford to ignore Murray's masterfully argued and fiercely provocative book, in which he seeks to inject some sense into the discussion around this generation's most complicated issues. He ends with an impassioned call for free speech, shared common values and sanity in an age of mass hysteria. (learn more)

+  Christmas Around the Fire

  • Description: Christmas is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends; to gather together in sacred and jovial celebration of the Incarnation. Yet in our fast-paced, hyper digitized lives, we are losing the sense of a good story, among good friends, around a good fire. Ryan Topping joins us to share some of our most beloved Christmas stories and reflect on the lessons they contain.
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    • Ryan Topping
      Ryan Topping is the editor of Christmas Around the Fire. He serves as Vice President and Academic Dean at Newman Theological College, where he is also a professor of theology. He formerly taught at Thomas More College in New Hampshire and held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University, Canada. He has published several books on Catholic culture and education, including Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life.

+  Where Things Are Going Right: Christendom College

  • Description: We continue our Where Things Are Going Right series with a look at Christendom College. Sam Phillips joins us to discuss the work he does there as well as the upcoming Experience Christendom program.
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    • Sam Phillips
      Sam Phillips has been the Director of Admissions for Christendom College since July 2014. Prior to that, he served as Director of Admissions at The Avalon School in Maryland, as well as a teacher, baseball coach, and extra-curricular event organizer. He is a 2008 history major graduate of Christendom College, and while a student, was active in the drama club, the baseball team, and was a counselor for the Experience Christendom Summer Program. He and his wife, Katie, are the parents to five children: 3 boys, 2 girls.
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      • Website(s):
        • https://www.christendom.edu/admissions/ecsp/

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