Lecture series to focus on Walker Percy and Flannery O'Connor

by Michael O. Garvey

The works of Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor will be the subject of a lecture series sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture (Mon.-Thurs.) Nov. 10-13.p. The title of the series, "A Reason to Write: Two Catholic Novelists,? is taken from O’Connor, who once wrote, “I feel that if I were not a Catholic, I would have no reason to write, no reason to see, no reason ever to feel horrified or even to enjoy anything.”p. According to Jennifer Bradley, a Notre Dame senior and organizer of the series, “We hope to better acquaint the Notre Dame community with the lives and work of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, two figures who loom large in American Catholicism’s recent past. To that end, we have put together a set of lectures which will not only each be very good individually, but that will, when taken as a whole, offer a rich and full account of the importance of these Catholic writers.”p. The series will include four lectures, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 138 of DeBartolo Hall. They are as follows:p. ? Nov. 10, Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University, on “Why Jesus Throws Everything Off Balance: Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Culture”p. ? Nov. 11, Benjamin Alexander, professor of English and the humanities at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, on “Just Another Wednesday Afternoon: Walker Percy and the Faith”p. ? Nov. 12, Lawrence Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, on “Flannery O’Connor: Fiction as Theology”p. ? Nov. 13, Robert Ellsberg, editor in chief of Orbis Books, on “Strangers and Pilgrims: Spiritual Travels with Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy”p. More information is available on the series’ Web site at:p. http://www.nd.edu/~ndethics/Conferences_and_Programs/Conference_Pages/A_Reason_to_Write/A%20Reason%20to%20Write.htm

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