Religion & Literature Lecture: "Grace, & the Spiritual Reach of Representation"

Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Please mark your calendars for our annual Religion & Literature Lecture. Our lecturer this year is the celebrated American poetics scholar, poet and lyric theorist Hank Lazer, who will be speaking about one of Rowan Williams’s most recent books, The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (2014). Lazer was a participant in a colloquium overseas in October that brought faculty and students associated with Notre Dame and the journal into conversation with Cambridge faculty and students likewise interested in religion and literature. This spring’s lecture and workshop is therefore the next installment in that ongoing conversation, which will continue next year when Williams himself will be our 2018 Religion & Literature Lecturer.

Hank Lazer’s lecture, entitled “Grace, & the Spiritual Reach of Representation,” will take place at 5 pm on March 29th in 100-104 McKenna Hall, followed by a reception afterwards in the atrium (including an array of finger-food and free bar).

Thursday March 30th, the day after the lecture, a lunchtime workshop (sandwiches provided) will take place in 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall; we will, in addition to discussing the lecture, also discuss the first chapter of Rowan Williams’s book The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (2014) and an essay by Lazer entitled “Of Course Poetry is Difficult / Poetry is Not Difficult.” Please contact to signal your desire to join us and to receive copies of these readings.

For the final event of his visit, Hank Lazer will offer an innovative reading of his recent work on Thursday, March 30th from 6:00-7:15pm in 119 O’Shag, which he calls “shape-writing.” Refreshments will help inspire us all to take part in what he describes as “part poetry reading, part talk, part conversation, part improvised collaborative performance.”

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