Steven Broome, UCM photographer and assistant director, shot this photo of the Templo de Santiago in Somoto, Nicaragua during a recent dental and medical mission to the Central American country. Somoto is near the Honduran border. This church is dedicated to St. James, the apostle and the patron saint of the town. Construction of the Catholic church began in 17th Century. Work continued for generations. A tower was added in 1875, hence the inscription. The church is in the center of town and across the road from a fountain plaza and park. It is one of the oldest structures in Nicaragua. Since the end of their civil war, Nicaragua has made great strides in improving life for its people, Broome writes. Read more about his trip in our Voices column. (In
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Can a novelist write philosophically? Even those novelists most commonly deemed “philosophical” have sometimes answered with an emphatic no. Iris Murdoch, the longtime Oxford philosopher and author of some two dozen novels treating highbrow themes like consciousness and morality, argued that philosophy and literature were contrary pursuits. Read more ...
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Tenure Changes Coming to Brown University: Brown University's faculty members have approved, in concept, changes in how the institution will reward tenure, including extending the maximum probationary period to eight years from seven. With 85 percent of the faculty voting in favor of the general thrust of the recommended changes, the 170-30 vote in December represented a stark turnaround from the faculty's previous stance. In October, faculty members bristled at efforts floated by Provost David Kertzer and an ad hoc committee to make tenure -- a process once lauded as exemplary at Brown -- more difficult to earn. The faculty will consider codifying the new rules in a vote later this month. Read more ...