Feature Contributors



photographed the Dalai Lama in February. He is based in San Francisco and regularly works for the Associated Press, The New York Times, and others.



also photographed the Dalai Lama—but not for the first time. He’s done dozens more photo portraits of Nobel Peace Prize winners. His projects include Architects of Peace, some of which is on view in Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall.



photographed Jared Brownridge ’17 and Nici Gilday ’15 for our basketball photo spread. He’s a longtime fan and photographer of Santa Clara student-athletes across the sports spectrum.



(“How’s the water?”) has written widely on energy, the environment, and cleantech solutions.



wrote “The Catholic writer today.” He is an internationally acclaimed poet and critic—and until 2009, head of the National Endowment for the Arts (Businessweek called him “the man who saved the NEA”). He is also the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. (And Gioia is pronounced JOY-uh.)



(“Lettuce and love”) is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.



sat down for an interview with SCM that we call “Our stories and the theatre of awe.” She is the author of the novels Gilead, which won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Home; and Housekeeping, which was nominated for a Pulitzer; as well as four books of nonfiction. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.



illustrated “The Catholic writer today.” An award-winning conceptual artist, illustrator, and animator, he’s contributed to Time, The New Yorker, Esquire, and more than 300 other publications worldwide.



opens up the cool technology behind “How’s the water?” with his illustration. You might have seen his work in Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, or The Wall Street Journal.

Summer 2014

Table of contents


A day with the Dalai Lama

High-spirited and hushed moments from Feb. 24: a day to talk about business, ethics, compassion.

The Catholic writer today

Poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia argues that Catholic writers must renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.

Our stories and the theatre of awe

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks about grace, discernment, and being a modern believer.

Mission Matters

What would the next generation say?

Hossam Baghat, one of Egypt’s leading human rights activists, was awarded the 2014 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for his work defending human rights.

Breaking records on the maplewood

Scoring 40 points in one game. And besting Steve Nash’s freshman year.

How's the water?

A lab on a chip helps provide the answer—which is a matter of life and death when the question is whether drinking water contains arsenic.