Author: Nichole Flores

Spotlight: Engaging Emotion in Pursuit of Justice

This post is part of the series Virtue Ethics at the Movies. You can read the first series post here, the post on Mad Max: Fury Road here, and the post on The Martian here. I sit, paralyzed, watching the credits roll. Suddenly hyper-aware that I am wearing my bright maroon Boston College hoodie I purchased the day of my dissertation defense, I anxiously stuff my arms into my jacket and wrap myself in the folds. For me, these gold letters are a source of pride and identification: I am Catholic. I am Jesuit educated. I am a woman for others. AMDG. Ever to Excel....

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The NFL, Women, and the Idolization of Masculinity

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! For football fanatics, this is the highest of holy days for our beloved sport. Football has been traditionally associated with the performance of masculinity in United States cultures; however, a growing number of women from a variety of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds count themselves among the football-obsessed. I include myself among this number: I have been bleeding Denver Broncos orange and blue since Elway stood behind center in the early 1980’s. My childhood featured weekly lessons on strategy from my father and mother—a high school lineman in Nebraska and a lifelong Broncos fan, respectively....

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#ReclaimMLK and the Aesthetics of Appropriation

Yesterday’s national observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday—arriving in the wake of the violent death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and a series of similar incidents—elicited a stream of posts and hashtags criticizing sanitized depictions of MLK’s legacy. This annual commemoration induces moral discomfort as it seems to invite facile interpretations of MLK’s person, legacy, theology, and politics. As a Chicana Catholic, I am often disturbed by the appropriation of my own cultural and political heroes—César Chávez, for example—and central religious exemplars—La Virgen de Guadalupe, for example—on their respective holidays. I furrow my brow as I scroll...

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James Foley and Catholic Education

Like so many others, I was stunned and saddened by the news of James Foley, Marquette University ‘94, who was apparently beheaded by ISIS insurgents as retribution for US airstrikes in Iraq against the group. I did not know James Foley personally, but as a Catholic educator, I feel like I know a lot of students like him: smart, idealistic, committed, and brave. In his story, I see the stories of so many of my students. The gravity of his life and untimely death offers occasion to think about the values that make uncommon virtue so common among students...

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