Santa Clara Mag Blog

Santa Clara Magazine's blog, updated whenever the writing goblin visits the editorial staff of the magazine.

  •  Leon Panetta, Cover Man

    Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

    For anyone with an interest in our country’s politics and military, there are few people who you’d want to have a conversation with at this point in time than Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63. Which is what Santa Clara Magazine brings in the next issue.

    Steven Saum’s January cover story on Panetta looks back at the life and career of the alumnus (and former SCU professor) who has served in Congress, as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, and until this summer as CIA director. Panetta discusses his vision for the military and shares stories from his days on the Mission campus. You could say his reputation as a rocker of boats began when he stood up to a Jesuit professor. On the subject of theology.

    If you can’t wait to get inside the head of our Secretary of Defense, try this cool interactive feature from the New York Times, which allows you to play Panetta and find $450 billion worth of cuts in the defense budget.

  •  Everything Everywhere: Ron Hansen in Lafayette on Thursday

    Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012


     Kick off the new year with a literary evening in Lafayette, Calif: Writer Ron Hansen M.A. '95 will be at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. He'll be talking about the writing life—and work that's taken him from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Mariette in Ecstasy and, most recently, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion.

    Hansen is the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor of Arts & Humanities at SCU, the author of 10 books, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He's also the literary editor for Santa Clara Magazine.

    Read more about his appearance in Lafayette.

    Read the story behind A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion in the Summer 2011 edition of SCM.