New course highlights two philosophical schools of China

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ This semester, Xavier’s theology department has added a course focusing on the influence and relevance of Confucianism and Taoism, the two main philosophical schools of China. THEO 359, taught by Dr. Hsing-yi Kao, examines the two schools in their historical context and applies them to a variety of contemporary social issues. The course, which Dr. Kao offered as a philosophy course last semester, begins by outlining themes of ancient Chinese civilization, followed by a look at the basic concepts of the religions. Students then study influential Confucian thinkers, such as Mencius and Confucius themselves. Kao … Continue reading New course highlights two philosophical schools of China

Xavier students participate in local elections

By: Lydia Rogers Election Day is coming up, and the sophomore Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP) majors have been playing active roles in this season’s public campaigns. Each fall, sophomore PPP students enrolled in the Mass Media & Politics course taught by Dr. Gene Beaupre and Constructing the Public course taught by Dr. John Fairfield must participate in campaigns for local candidates across the political spectrum. “The fall campaigns course is arguably the defining experience of the PPP program,” Assistant to the Director of Government Relations Josh Sabo said. “(The students) become more informed citizens, preparing to be the … Continue reading Xavier students participate in local elections