The What and Why of “Other Resources of Note”

Welcome to our “Other Resources” page. Unlike our other “Of Note” pages, this page will consist of links to other materials we think are worthy, and yet upon which we will not comment. This doesn’t mean these resources are second-rate; it usually means they are simply of a different sort than the kind we are commenting on in our regular “Resources” emails. Those of course relate books, articles and movies that we believe are worth discussing. Here we will provide links to things like talks, websites, films other than feature length ones and the like. Some of them will be directly related to the Consortium, e.g. Dr. Trotter’s annual lecture “The Movies and America: What the Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture Tell Us About Ourselves”, but many will be various kinds of thought pieces that may also occur on our Facebook page. Their content will be wide-ranging, just as the work of Christian Study Centers is. If this sounds like a broad agenda, it is meant to be. Perhaps most of the postings will deal with the university and higher education in general, but many will not.

There is a reason for that. Those who are connected to the university are also connected to the broader society, and what is taught and done at the university has implications for life in the broader society. We are at all times the same human beings with the same influences, whether for the moment we are in the restaurant, the office, the public park, or the classroom. We feel it is important, therefore, not to limit our investigations simply to those articles that increase our knowledge of knowledge and its creation and dissemination, but to include articles that might be about anything relevant to life as it is being lived in our world today.

We welcome suggestions of how this page should be used, not only in terms of specific content, but overall purpose. This is even more of a work in progress than the rest of our website; we would love feedback in order to meet the needs of our Study Centers and Partner Organizations more productively. There are no ostensible limits to what we might post except these: 1) this will be purely a resources page; there will be only the briefest of annotation in order to define the item clearly; 2) we will strive, as we always do, to post only items which are of the highest quality formally speaking; 3) we will strive to post only those items which we deem to help us become better individuals and better members of society.