Fr. Jenkins at Ideas Forum

David A. Graham | Nov. 13, 2013 | The Atlantic

What follows is a recap of the Washington Ideas Forum, presented by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum. You can read the full transcript of Day 1 here.

11:53 a.m. Now up: Father John Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, with Slate and CBS's John Dickerson.

Dickerson starts off with a political question: Is government an impediment? An emergency new grads need to fix? What is it? Jenkins says there's a problem with the "quality of rhetoric, the quality of discussion" in the U.S. Universities need to help change that.

Jenkins: "I don't know if you can change things by pushing them. There's too much pushing now. What you need is space for reflection."

Why is college expensive? "It's always been expensive .... People know that education is valuable." But he notes that half of Notre Dame students are on financial aid, often aid covering a great deal of the sticker price.

12:08 p.m. "I think Pope Francis actually has the greatest effect on non-Catholics."

12:06 p.m. Dickerson asks Jenkins what he makes of Pope Francis. "I think his style ... it's a powerful message in itself. It's not manufactured. It's who he is, it's what he does." He says Francis clearly wants to engage Catholics, especially lay Catholics, in a discussion about the Gospel.

12:04 p.m. Dickerson: What is students' view of the world? Jenkins says their perspective is more international, but they're nervous.

12:02 p.m. Jenkins: "My greatest fear is that education becomes just another commodity."

12 p.m. Jenkins: "Don't think you can get rid of traditional campuses with the digital." He says education is "so much more" than just collecting information—it's about environment, maturation, relationships. But of course Jenkins is here speaking to a highly educated audience and coming from an elite institution—how this affects the broader educational landscape is a clearly different though connected question.

Read more at The Atlantic (scroll down to find Fr. Jenkins's quotes)

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