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‘Reborn in Wonder’ concludes with lecture on Newman

Dr. David Whalen: ‘Conscious Communion: Newman, Literature, and the Defense of Dialogue’

Lincoln (SNR/NI) – The 2018 “Reborn in Wonder” series concludes Dec. 5 with a lecture by Dr. David Whalen titled “Conscious Communion: Newman, Literature, and the Defense of Dialogue.”

The event is hosted by the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, 320 N. 16th St., Lincoln. It is free and open to the public.

“Blessed John Henry Newman was, as we know, one of the great contributors to Catholic thought and culture in modernity,” said Dr. John Freeh, Newman Institute director. “His work in theology and the history of Christianity influenced in a profound way the Second Vatican Council and the thinking of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He is less known for his works of creative and critical literature – his poetry, essays and novels.

Dr. David Whalen will speak to this lesser-known side of the man in order to give us a fuller understanding of Newman’s overall stature and significance.”

All members of the Lincoln area and beyond are invited to the lecture, which will be followed by questions and refreshments. 

Dr. Whalen is provost of Hillsdale College and professor of English. Prior to joining the faculty at Hillsdale, he taught at the University of Kansas and at Belmont Abbey College. He has written “The Consolation of Rhetoric,” a study of Newman’s epistemology. He has also published articles and essays on Renaissance poetry and on the history and philosophy of liberal arts education.

The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is an integrated humanities program that provides opportunities to engage with fundamental human questions through study of the great works and ideas of the Western tradition. The primary initiatives of the Institute include offering accredited humanities courses for college students, sponsoring cultural events and trips, and hosting public lectures.

The Institute hosts four lectures each fall semester. The lectures are intended to reflect the mission of the Institute and to engage the public academically, spiritually and culturally.

Video of the fall semester’s talks by Mike Aquilina, Bishop James Wall and Dr. Maria Fedoryka are available online at https://newmaninstitute.com/lecture-series.

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