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Newman Institute lecture series begins Aug. 9

LINCOLN (SNR) – The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture will launch its fall lecture series Aug. 9.

Dr. Don Briel will present “Out of the Shadows: Newman and the Pursuit of Truth” at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, 320 N 16th St., Lincoln. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cardinal John Henry Newman, the English convert and theologian who has had immense influence upon English-speaking Catholicism, was beatified in 2010.

The establishment of Newman Centers, Newman Houses, or Newman Clubs at non-Catholic universities throughout the world was inspired by Newman’s writings. For his episcopal motto, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, also a convert to the Catholic faith, chose the same motto as Newman, “cor ad cor loquitur,” which means “heart speaks to heart.”

Dr. Briel holds the Blessed John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. He is the founder, and for 20 years was the director, of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., where he held the Koch Chair of Catholic Studies.

The Newman Institute is a partnership between St. Gregory the Great Seminary and the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Institute’s Reborn in Wonder series offers free, public lectures. The lectures are intended to reflect the mission of the Institute and to engage the public academically, spiritually and culturally.  The lectures are followed by time for questions and answers, socialization and the prayer of Compline, or night prayer, in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church for those who are able to stay.

The Institute will also offer two courses for students during the fall semester, “Seekers, Sojourners, and Pilgrims,” and “Humanities Seminar I: Love and Friendship.” Two courses will be offered for the spring semester, and for the following semesters. All undergraduates may take the courses, which have no prerequisites. The courses are accredited through St. Gregory the Great Seminary with the possibility of transferring credit to UNL or other undergraduate institutions.

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