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"Love & All, Ed”: Letters and Comments of Edward Lee, CSB
The University of St. Thomas English Department presents their Annual Lee Lecture. This year's speaker is Professor Charles S. Krohn. A distinguished actor and educator, Professor Charles S. Krohn is entering his 50th year with the English Department at the University of St. Thomas where he has taught a myriad of courses including Shakespearean topics and Modern Drama. Professor Krohn has performed with Theatre Under the Stars in many of their productions and is currently in his 30th season with the Alley Theatre. On November 12th, 2015, Professor Krohn was honored at a celebration hosted by The Classical Theatre Company for his contributions to the performing arts in Houston. Speaker: Professor Charles S. Krohn. Date: February 8, 2016 Location: Jones Hall Length: 75 mins
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6/13/2016 8:55:24 PM
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2009 Lee Lecture: Author and Musician Ann McCutchan
In her 2009 Lee Lecture, author and musician Ann McCutchan discusses the intersection of science and the humanities in her current book project Water Music: Rhythms of a River. Water Music examines environmental changes in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin by way of the life and work of Earl Robicheaux, Morgan City composer, naturalist, phonographer, and oral historian. The book is essentially a double biography: of a place and of a person. Its aim is to show how the 1.4 million-acre basin, the largest river swamp in North America, has shaped the lives of those who live there, and how those who live there have increasingly shaped it. McCutchan’s presentation includes a reading from her work. Date: April 2, 2009 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 55 min
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6/10/2016 9:52:08 PM
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Chesterton on Shakespeare
Speaker(s): Dale Ahlquist Date: February 14, 2006 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 68 mins Description: What was Shakespeare's greatest play? Was Shakespeare a Catholic? Was he a pessimist? Was he really somebody else? Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, will discuss the book on Shakespeare that Chesterton did not write.
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1/12/2017 8:33:18 PM
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Dante and the Resurrection of the Body
Speaker(s): Dr. Anthony Esolen Date: February 1, 2006 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 63 mins Description: This year’s Lee Lecture Series in English speaker is a distinguished scholar, critic, translator and poet, Professor Anthony Esolen, of Providence College, in Rhode Island. Esolen has written extensively on medieval and Renaissance literature. He is the translator of the celebrated Modern Library three-volume edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
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10/12/2016 5:42:33 PM
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Herakles and Achilles: The Theological Drama of the Iliad
Herakles, favorite son of Zeus, accomplishes feats that make him the great type of the hero in antiquity and elevate him into a god at his death. But in the Iliad, Homer makes Herakles the foil for the still greater glory of Achilles, son of the goddess Thetis and a mortal man. The differences between these heroes, especially in their relation to Zeus, expose the essentially theological tensions between the divine father and the son – a revealing contrast to the story of the Incarnation. Glenn Arbery is Director of the Teachers Academy and Professor of Literature at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He received a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in English at the University of Georgia. After finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Dallas, he taught at University of St. Thomas and Thomas More College of Liberal Arts before returning to Dallas to become director of the Teachers Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Last year, he joined the faculty of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming. His book Why Literature Matters appeared in 2001, and since then, he has edited three books: The Tragic Abyss, The Southern Critics: An Anthology and a volume of essays on St. Augustine’sConfessions. His novel Bearings and Distances will be published in 2015 by Wiseblood Books. Speakers: Dr. Glenn Arbery Date: March 6, 2014 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 105 mins
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4/9/2016 8:25:21 PM
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Lee Lecture, "A Faith for All Seasons"
Speaker(s): Gregory Wolfe Date: April 15th, 2004 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 63 mins Description: In his 2004 Lee Lecture Gregory Wolfe will argue that the tradition of "Christian humanism" offers the best response to our politicized culture and Church. Wolfe holds that the paradoxical term "Christian humanism," far from being a negative idea, is in fact grounded upon the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation, which keeps the human and the divine spheres in balance allowing for the coexistence of faith and doubt, reason and imagination, nature and grace, flesh and spirit, tragedy and hope.
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10/25/2016 3:41:26 PM
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Looking Out: Using Education and Art to Live an Abundant Life
Aaron Krohn was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in the theatre, raised and inspired by his actor parents. He was a theatre major at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from The University of St. Thomas. After a few years working at The Alley Theatre and playing lead guitar in a rock band (elevator Up), he moved to San Diego for his MFA in Acting from The Old Globe Theatre Professional Actor Training Program. It was there he met Tony Award Winner Jack O'Brien, the director who has been one of the single most important influences in Aaron's career, both professionally and artistically. Aaron moved to New York City in 2000 and began his Broadway career in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love, directed by Jack O'Brien. Since then he has worked steadily in New York City, appearing in many Broadway productions, including Henry IV (with Kevin Kline and Ethan Hawke), Julius Caesar (with Denzel Washington), the Tony Award winning trilogy The Coast of Utopia (with Billy Crudup, Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Irving, Richard Easton and Martha Plimpton), and The Farnsworth Invention (with Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson). He recently finished work on his second year of The Bridge Project, a half-English, half-American multi continental three year theatre project, featuring five classic plays directed by Sam Mendes, produced by Kevin Spacey and performed in Asia, Europe, New Zealand, London and New York. Speaker(s): Aaron Krohn Date: November 22, 2010 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 56 mins
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6/6/2016 9:45:24 PM
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The Da Vinci Code
Speaker(s): Fr. Michael Barrett Date: April 14th, 2004 Location: Scanlan, Jerabeck Length: 87 mins Description: Among sensational suggestions made by The Da Vinci Code, now at its one-year mark atop the New York Times Bestseller List, is that the Catholic organization Opus Dei is a secret, dangerous, even twisted “sect.” The University of St. Thomas Theology Department sponsors Fr. Michael Barrett, a priest of Opus Dei and director of the Holy Cross Chapel and Catholic Resource Center in downtown Houston. He will address this and other issues raised by Dan Brown’s book.
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10/25/2016 3:41:25 PM
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The Pleasures of Reading: A Theological Perspective
Dr. Alan Jacobs, who has written two books - A Theology of Reading and The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, believes that when it comes to reading, theology and pleasure have a good deal in common. The task of this talk is to explain how they are connected: when they can be at odds, and when they can exist in graceful harmony. Jacobs is the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois. His most recent books are The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Oxford University Press, 2011) and a critical edition of W. H. Auden's long poem The Age of Anxiety (Princeton University Press, 2011). He has also published three collections of essays, and works of literary theory, biography, theology and cultural history. He has written for a range of periodicals, including The American Scholar, Books & Culture, First Things, and The Oxford American. Jacobs is a native of Alabama and a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama; he earned his doctorate in 1987 from the University of Virginia. He has been teaching at Wheaton College since 1984. Speaker(s): Dr. Alan Jacobs Date: March 6, 2012 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 75 mins
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6/6/2016 7:48:52 PM
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Unmasking of Oscar Wilde
Speaker(s): Joseph Pearce Date: October 19, 2004 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 87 mins Description: Most people are familiar with the brilliant Oscar Wilde who was born 150 years ago on Oct. 16, 1854. His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, remains one of the finest novels of the Victorian era and his plays, such as The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, still delight theater audiences and have been turned into star-studded movies. Wilde’s wit and humour still entertain, but what of the man himself?
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10/26/2016 3:04:03 PM
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What Hopkins Has to Teach Us
The lecture focuses on the Jesuit poet the Rev. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ life, works and teachings on the possibilities of the Catholic imagination. Mariani, who recently wrote a biography about Fr. Hopkins, will demonstrate why this priest and poet matters and relates to today’s generation. Since 2000, Mariani has been a professor of English at Boston College, and also taught at University of Massachusetts from 1968 to 2000. He also has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts. Speaker(s): Dr. Paul Mariani Date: October 29, 2009 Location: Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center Length: 66 mins
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6/14/2016 2:34:55 PM
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Why My Favorite Nun is Right: The Recovery and Renewal of the Liberal Arts of Language
This year's lecture is "Why My Favorite Nun is Right: The Recovery and Renewal of the Liberal Arts of Language," presented by Dr. Scott Crider. The lecture asks, what are the liberal arts of language? What is a liberal education? And what role do those arts of language play in that education? Crider is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Dallas and author of With What Persuasion: An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric and The Office of Assertion: An Art of Rhetoric for the Academic Essay. Speaker: Dr. Scott Crider Date: March 5, 2015 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 102 mins
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6/10/2016 4:42:23 PM
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