Place. Limits. Grottos. FPR at Notre Dame


Devon, PA.  I am pleased to report that FPR will once again hold a roundtable discussion at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s 2011 Conference ,which runs 10-12 November.  Joining a few FPR writers for good talk and cheap burbon may be itself a reason to attend, but, as I have written previously, this may be the last of the CEC’s wonderful annual conferences, which I have been attending off-and-on since my student days and by which my life has been changed for the better.  For those who are wary of academic conferences, let me say that the conference register is that of public intellectuals rather than academic specialists, of Christian Humanists rather than partakers of internecine disciplinary warfare.  Oh, it is a wonderful time.

I hope our presence there will at once quiet the occasional accusation that I or others on this site hold a grudge against Our Lady’s University; but I hope it will also serve as a reminder that Notre Dame, like most of academe, suffers from not a double but a multiple consciousness that threatens the one true mission of education: the initiation of young persons into the contemplation of unity, truth, goodness, and beauty, that they may name and know God.  Fittingly, the subject of the panel will be the Place of Education.

For recent news on the state and travails of Notre Dame, see this interview with Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C.

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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.


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