Magdalen College: From the Summit
The Acid Bath of Modern College Culture

The Acid Bath of Modern College Culture

November 8, 2022

In this episode of Catholic College Conversations, host Danielle Bean talks with author, speaker, and Magdalen College professor Anthony Esolen. Dr. Esolen shares his thoughts about the modern culture on many college campuses and the ways it can undermine students' faith and moral values. The two discuss alternatives to modern college culture, including aspects of life and education at Magdalen College.

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 5

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 5

October 25, 2022

In this episode of Catholic College Conversations, host Danielle Bean talks with Michele McKenna, Director of Admissions at Magdalen College, about ways to prepare your high schooler for the college application process. What should parents know? How can we support our children through this sometimes stressful and uncertain stage of life? Mrs. McKenna offers words of wisdom and encouragement to help students thrive as they make plans for their future education.

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 4

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 4

October 13, 2022

In this newest episode of Catholic College Conversations, host Danielle Bean sits down with author, speaker, and Magdalen College professor Anthony Esolen. Anthony shares his thoughts on what to look for when choosing a college and the importance of a Catholic education, and he encourages parents to play an active role in their child's college decision-making process.

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 3

Catholic College Conversations Ep. 3

September 29, 2022

What is a liberal arts education? In the newest episode of Catholic College Conversations, Danielle Bean chats with Magdalen College president, Dr. Ryan Messmore, about the liberal arts. What do we mean by this phrase and why is it especially important for Catholic parents and students to consider the liberal arts when entering higher education? They discuss liberal arts in the job field and in family life. Learn more about the Magdalen approach to Catholic higher education at Magdalen.edu.

Catholic College Conversations Ep.2

Catholic College Conversations Ep.2

September 15, 2022

In this second episode of our new series of podcasts, Catholic College Conversations, host Danielle Bean and Magdalen College professor Dr. Jordan Almanzar take on the topic of the importance of role models in education. Why is it important to have people you look up and can emulate in college and beyond? In what ways can we harness the power of role models in finding the best education options for our kids?  Learn more about the Magdalen approach to Catholic higher education at Magdalen.edu.

Catholic College Conversations Ep.1

Catholic College Conversations Ep.1

August 29, 2022

In this first episode of our new series of podcasts, Catholic College Conversations, host Danielle Bean chats with Magdalen College President, Ryan Messmore. Dr. Messmore shares thoughts about the benefits of choosing a Catholic College. Grow in your faith with friends and mentors! In the classroom, the dorms, the dining hall, and beyond, there are so many positive reasons for choosing a Catholic education. Learn more about the Magdalen approach to catholic higher education at Magdalen.edu.

Made to Behold - A Conversation about the Cosmos

Made to Behold - A Conversation about the Cosmos

June 29, 2022

In this episode, Magdalen College Professor John Klucinec and recent graduate, John Coleman, join Dr. Almanzar to discuss the modern image of the cosmos and our place in the universe. Drawing on sources ranging from Anaxagoras to Copernicus to C.S. Lewis, the listener will trace the history of thought about how the solar system works and the implications for how we think about God and man. Listen to find out about the structure and importance of science courses at this liberal arts college. 

Our Essential Moment - Mary Eberstadt’s Charge to Magdalen Graduates

Our Essential Moment - Mary Eberstadt’s Charge to Magdalen Graduates

May 18, 2022

In this episode, Dr. Ryan Messmore interviews author and award-winning essayist Mary Eberstadt, whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, First Things, National Review, and The Weekly Standard, among other acclaimed publications. Mrs. Eberstadt holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. and is Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute. Their conversation focuses on the 2022 Commencement Address that Mrs. Eberstadt delivered to Magdalen graduates earlier that day. She told students that they live in a moment made essential by the recent happenings at the Supreme Court and charged them to be bold witnesses in the public square of truth as well as beauty. Listen as she shares these and other messages of wisdom and inspiration, and learn why she asked the graduates to remember 5 key words from this day (“I wanted what they had”). 

Dr. Anthony Esolen on Sex and the Unreal City

Dr. Anthony Esolen on Sex and the Unreal City

May 4, 2022

In this episode Dr. Anthony Esolen discusses his book Sex and the Unreal City. When it comes to the way modern western culture approaches sex, what are the main idols that shape the moral conversation? Why is consent not enough? In what ways is it unjust to presume that men and women are equal in their physical embodiment? What should the Church do to help young people in the midst of this confusion? These are just some of the questions that Dr. Esolen addresses.  Listen to find out why the Sexual Revolution has led to so much loneliness, and how we can begin to recover the building blocks of real cities and communities.

12 Things That Stood Out About Holy Week

12 Things That Stood Out About Holy Week

April 20, 2022

The liturgies of Holy Week are immensely beautiful, meaningful, and profound. Engaging in them, especially as a community, can help us gain fresh insights about the Christian faith.  In this episode, Dr. Ryan Messmore reflects on 12 things that stood out to him during his own Holy Week journey. From joining the crowd shouting "Hosannah" on Palm Sunday, to hearing the rumbling thunder at Wednesday’s Tenebrae, to Thursday’s foot-washing and the guarding the tomb of repose, to the music, lights, and color of the Great Easter Vigil, the liturgies of this special week are laden with deep symbolism.  Listen to learn how these events and more enable participation in Christ’s self-sacrifice and Resurrection life.

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