John Garvey

John Garvey

Intellect and Virtue

John Garvey is the president of The Catholic University of America.

The human costs of solitary confinement Default Thumbnail
Perspective

The human costs of solitary confinement

No one foresaw the coronavirus outbreak. And now that it is upon us, we have been slow to realize how much it will affect the way we see the world. […]

Coronavirus and ‘The Hollywood Squares’ Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Coronavirus and ‘The Hollywood Squares’

The novel coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China, late last year has affected higher education like nothing I have experienced in my time as a university president. We have called […]

Women and men: the odds Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Women and men: the odds

When we first began having grandchildren, they were roughly evenly divided between boys and girls. But the past 14 in a row have been girls. What are the odds? In […]

Hold the Botox Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Hold the Botox

I get my picture taken a lot. I’m not particularly photogenic, but as president of The Catholic University of America, people expect me to be in the frame for a […]

Synchrony and culture Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Synchrony and culture

Last month I paid a visit to Bar-Ilan University in Israel for a discussion about the role of faith in higher education. Bar-Ilan is distinctive among Israeli universities in its […]

Be fruitful and multiply Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Be fruitful and multiply

Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. “Present me the woman who […]

Prayers for the sick Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Prayers for the sick

There is an old New Yorker cartoon that shows an angel bringing God a stack of petitions about wars, natural disasters and other calamities. God waves him off with a […]

Holy days of obligation Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Holy days of obligation

We have begun the four-and-a-half-month span — between the solemnities of the Assumption (Aug. 15) and Mary, Mother of God (Jan. 1) — into which all our holy days of […]

Summer at the lake Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Summer at the lake

Chemists and economists speak of equilibrium conditions, where the concentrations of reactants and products, or supply and demand, are in balance. If you have a bottle of soda water with […]

Suppose we let the people decide Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Suppose we let the people decide

In May, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another […]

Look at this Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Look at this

I am so proud of our students. This month the student government association, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the […]

Not so fast Default Thumbnail
Perspective

Not so fast

I probably shouldn’t admit this in front of my grandchildren, but I am a fan of McDonald’s fish sandwiches. When I was a young lawyer in San Francisco, my firm’s […]