Experiencing Rome

We will end the FPU Alumni and Friends tour of Italy, starting in just a couple of weeks in Rome.  What can we say about Rome? It is one of the great cities of the world.  It has been central, influential in Western and world history since ancient times, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, […]

On to Siena and Assisi

The Fresno Pacific Alumni and Friends tour to Italy is just six weeks away.  We are going to a couple of special places.  First, we will take a side trip to Siena, a World Heritage Site. You can find out more about it at what has become a standby for getting oriented to a region […]

Florence, Italy!

Where to begin?  There is so much to see, and so much that happened, so many famous and notorious events and people that happened and lived in Florence that we will only see some little parts of it in our three days this June on the FPU Alumni and Friends Tour. So here are some […]

Thinking Historically

The assessment movement in higher education is now more than 25 year’s old.  It has challenged us to think about what we do as professors, and has broken through many (not all, by any means) ideological battles to allow different kinds of institutions to thrive. It has required us to state the “learning outcomes,” what […]

Still Learning about Teaching

Now that I am back in the classroom, after many years in the wilds of administration, I have been able to concentrate on teaching.  And despite having started this gig teaching college students in 1981, I am still learning, and now learning from my younger colleagues.  Just this last week I was reminded that some […]

On Our Way to Italy–Venice

A procession in St. Mark’s Square, Venice (1496)—more information is provided through the link at the very end of this post. We are headed to Italy this June and July, 16 of us so far—alumni and friends of FPU. (You can find out more about the tour on the FPU Alumni web page.) There are […]

Dilbert Explains PhDs

The following little interchange comes from a Dilbert comic that was printed this week. I read it and laughed. Guy with a goatee, “Hi. I’m very smart, but I don’t know how to do anything.” Dilbert, “Where did you get your PH.D?” Goatee, “I didn’t say I have a PH.D.” Dilbert, “You kinda did.” I […]

I like history, now…

It happens often. I am asked what I do maybe in a store, or a Dr.’s office, or at a restaurant. Who knows where? All of those have happened this fall. I tell them I am a history professor at Fresno Pacific University. Or an alum comes by the university, and we chat for a […]

Political Wisdom–Aristotle and Politics Today

I am very hesitant to say anything about the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the supreme court, especially regarding the allegations against him or anything, for that matter, that is going on in Washington right now. I have seen it reported that very few people expected anyone to change their minds because of […]

Beauty and Travel

San Damiano Cross, Basilica of St. Clare, Assisi Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist and philosopher, is amazingly popular these days.  I first heard about his YouTube videos, and then from friends reading his books. One friend recently sent me this link to one of his videos about travel, European art, and beauty. (Jordan Peterson on […]