Devon, PA. Thanks to some generous winter snow storms that gave me time to get some serious sledding done with the kids, my speaking engagement at Northwestern was pushed back.  Consequently, this week offers a veritable abundance of Eliotic events.  Here are the corrected details; if you are anywhere near Philadelphia or Chicago this week, you’re certainly welcome to these free lectures.

February 14, 2011, 4:30 pm. James Matthew Wilson addresses Villanova students, faculty, and the general public on Villanova student theater’s production of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. Wilson’s lecture is titled, “Bishop on Broadway, or What to Make of Murder.” The play runs from Feb. 15-19th. Details for the lecture and production can be found here.

February 17, 2011, 7:30 pm. James Matthew Wilson addresses the Northwestern University Socratic Club, giving the lecture “The Rock against Shakespeare: Stoicism and Community in T.S. Eliot.” Event will be held at the John Evans Alumni Center (1800 Sheridan Rd, Evanston), and is open to the public.

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James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, from the importance of local culture to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative. He has published five books, including most recently, a collection of poems, Some Permanent Things and a monograph, The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (both Wiseblood Books, 2014). Raised in the Great Lakes State, baptised in the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, seasoned by summers on Lake Wawasee (Indiana), and educated under the Golden Dome, Wilson is scion of a family of Hoosiers dating back to the early nineteenth century, and an offspring of Southside Chicago Poles whose tavern kept the city wet through the Depression (and prohibition) years.  He now lives under the same sentence of reluctant exile as many another native son of the Midwest, but has dug himself in for good on the margins of the Main Line in Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife, dangerous daughter, and saintly sons. For information on Wilson's scholarship and a selection of his published work, click here. See books written and recommended by James Matthew Wilson.


  1. Thanks for the info mate, too bad saw it a bit too late. Is there any play of T.S.Eliot coming anytime soon? Big fan of Eliot’s work here

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