These are exciting times at The King’s College. We’ve now surpassed the ten-year mark at our New York City campus, and along the way, we have increased enrollment to nearly 400 students! Moreover, the Admissions department recently announced that we already have over 2,000 applications for next year—that’s double the number we had last year at this time.
Of course, you’ve heard that we inaugurated President D’Souza earlier this month. He continues to appear on TV and radio, and he’s also been debating some of the leading atheists in America as The King’s College strives to become the “go-to” place for thoughtful discourse on Christianity and a free society. I've included a link to a video clip below so you can see him in action.
I’ll let you see for yourself some of the other things we’ve been up to recently. From alumni ministering to their communities to faculty publishing to student internships—it’s been a lot! We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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$500,000 Matching Gift to Support Scholarships
A generous friend of The King’s College has offered us a $500,000 matching gift if we can raise that much by the end of the year. Every gift we get between now and New Year's Eve will be instantly doubled and will be used to help us provide scholarships to students attending King’s! Nearly every student receives financial aid, so please consider supporting us as we recruit the best and the brightest Christian minds through a tax-deductible gift as you decide how to allocate your year-end gifts.
The King's College Attends National Apologetics Conference
As part of its vision to be a leading voice in the defense and promotion of Christianity in the public square, several representatives from The King's College spoke at the National Apologetics Conference in Charlotte, NC, in October. Speakers included President Dinesh D'Souza, Provost Marvin Olasky, Warren Cole Smith, and Professor Anthony Bradley. Their topics ranged from media and theology to mercy.
A popular online blogger caught up with President D'Souza and asked him a few questions concerning apologetics. Catch some of his answers to the One Minute Apologist by clicking here or on the picture below.
Professor David Tubbs Reviews Book on “The Politics of Disgust”
Americans who fall within the Judeo-Christian tradition of ethics deserve commendation for remaining civil in the debate over same-sex marriage, argues Dr. David Tubbs, assistant professor of politics at The King’s College. But not everyone would agree that an argument such as this can be civil. In November’s American Spectator, Tubbs wrote "The Politics of Humanity," a review of constitutional scholar Martha Nussbaum’s most recent book, From Disgust to Humanity, which portrays those committed to traditional marriage as engaging in the “politics of disgust.”
Though many disagree with same-sex marriage out of religious or philosophic motivations, Nussbaum offers a different argument. “She wants to show,” Tubbs wrote, “that much of that opposition arises from what she calls the ‘politics of disgust’—a politics based on visceral reactions and disreputable attempts at psychological manipulation.”
Those who practice this kind of politics attempt to provoke disgust in their audience by describing acts which the audience finds distasteful. Her goal is to show that the “politics of disgust” is highly influential in our society—yet largely unnoticed. She compares the “politics of disgust” to the “politics of humanity,” which “purports to be a compelling blend of reason, sympathy, moral imagination, and political principle,” Tubbs wrote.
Tubbs is critical of her book, and explains his position throughout the review. For instance, he critiques the cavalier way in which she uses the word “disgust,” which minimizes the effect of saying someone engages in it. By using the word in many different contexts, it loses its powerful meaning. Her description of the “politics of disgust” is thus inconsistent.
Additionally, her treatment of the “politics of humanity”—while consistent—is lacking. She relies on the philosophy of J.S. Mill to discuss human sexuality in terms of “self-regarding behavior.” While Nussbaum affirms this behavior, she remains silent on the more radical and destructive ideas surrounding this philosophy. The scholar’s attempt at looking at an influence in constitutional law thus falls short, according to Tubbs.
To read the entire review, including Tubbs’s treatment of the “politics of humanity,” visit the American Spectator’s website.
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2008 Alum Works "For the City" in Austin, TX
An education at The King’s College prepares students for careers in which they will help to shape and eventually to lead strategic institutions. This year, we’ve told you about students and alumni working everywhere from DC think tanks to New York private equity funds. In fact, our students are prepared to work in the strategic institutions of government, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the Church.
Another strategic institution that receives less press—but is vitally important to a vibrant community—is that of civil society. Civil society refers to voluntary, private organizations that do much to shape the quality of life for individuals in our society. This includes foundations, charities, lobbies, and more. Many of these are local in scope, addressing issues in certain communities.
Steph Stallo (’08) graduated from The King’s College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. After a brief stint working in education reform in Harlem and teaching in Central America, she moved to Austin, TX, where she now works as the Community Development Manager at For the City Network (FTCN).
FTCN, she said, “seeks to maximize the overall effect in the city by being a funnel for volunteer engagement and a platform for organizational collaboration.” The non-profit focuses on family/community life, education, health care, housing and job training in Austin.
Steph’s role at FTCN is to conduct “field research in order to analyze the situations of our focus communities…I then create development plans for the community that includes grassroots efforts and partnerships with service providers.”
She also helps to facilitate collaboration between organizations and support them with volunteers and consulting.
“Specifically,” she said, “I've gotten to interface with principals and school district officials to create a turnaround plan that was implemented to improve a failing high school. I've met with investors to discuss business plans to create innovation and jobs in order to stimulate the economy in Austin's poorest neighborhood. I've developed the philosophy to direct the efforts of the local church to effect justice and righteousness in this same neighborhood that is known for its crime and poverty.”
The effects of work such as Steph’s on a community can be great. A King’s education exposes students to the ideas on which nations can rise or fall—yet at the end of the day, it is the lives of these individuals being touched that matter. At the center of a King's education is the earnest pursuit of biblical truth and the desire to understand what God has ordained as best for all of His creation. We believe in, teach, and seek to model the transformational power of the Gospel in everything we do.
Please visit Steph’s blog today to learn more about her work in Austin with For the City.
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King's Student Interns at Pro-Life United Nations Watchdog
Students attending The King’s College have vast opportunities for jobs, internships, and networking in New York City. Our students have interned in such institutions as the United Nations, investment banks, broadcast news stations, radio and television production, non-profit think tanks, and human rights organizations.
In his own words, Junior Nick Dunn, an intern at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, explains the significance of the organization and how he has helped contribute to its work:
The mission of The King’s College is unique among American Christian colleges in that it seeks nothing less than to influence the major institutions in society. In his opening letter to The King’s College, President D’Souza observes that there are crises in many institutions. Wall Street and Capitol Hill come to mind.
But there is one institution that is often forgotten in a nation that seems to be unduly preoccupied with itself—an institution that sits on a small strip of land along the East River in Manhattan: the United Nations. Many have called for reform at the UN in the recent decades; others have called for the United States to withdraw completely from the UN. Arguments for both stem from the notion that the UN is either corrupt or futile.
Yet those who hold the latter view—in my opinion—fail to realize the significance of international law. Perhaps my perspective is shaped by my experience as a research intern at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), a pro-life, non-governmental organization (NGO) at the UN.
Since 1997, C-FAM has been a watchdog at the UN—advancing life and family in the social policy debate, and publicizing the debate through weekly newsletters and a series of scholarly white papers and briefing papers.
The organization has four core values: perseverance, professionalism, truth-telling, and a fidelity to the Magisterium. Everything we do is informed by our unwavering commitment to the inherent dignity of the human person; life should be protected in all its stages, and traditional marriage should be defended. These issues receive sufficient attention on an international level.
Consider the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a UN agency that aggressively promotes population control, including China’s draconian one-child policy. The United States did not fund the UNFPA under the Bush administration, but with the election of President Obama taxpayer dollars are again funding an organization that believes contraception and abortion are human rights.
Or, take the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), an NGO that recently received consultative status at the UN and advocates penalization for those who criticize the homosexual agenda.
This month, I wrote an article about the newly appointed head of UN Women: former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. Pro-abortion groups lauded her selection. What does this tell you about her and the goals of this new agency?
In short, the radical social agenda that is advanced by many at the UN should not be underestimated.
We applaud Nick for his work at C-FAM. Through engaging the United Nations on such a serious issue as life, and by writing for concerned citizens, he is living out the mission of The King's College—to prepare students for careers in which they will help shape and lead the institutions that influence our society.
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