For anyone reading this in NYC, my school's sponsoring a pair of lecture on Newman and Tolkien. It's next Monday night at our campus just off Columbus Circle, in Manhattan. Full blurb behind in the cut:
Newman and Tolkien: Using Literary Genius for the Catholic Faith
Fordham University Forum ▪ February 20, 2012
On Monday, February 20, Fordham University, in partnership with The Spiritual Family The Work, will present a free public forum exploring the literary genius of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and J.R.R. Tolkien—and how each author skillfully used words to awaken in their readers a longing to travel the arduous but wonderful road in quest of Christ.
Gifted with special literary genius, both Newman and Tolkien used their talents to show that we will be saved by the beauty of the Divine Sacrifice. In the last half of the 19th century Newman communicated this truth through his sermons, apologetics and novels. In the first half of the 20th century Tolkien expressed this through his epic vision and portraits of virtue and resilience in the face of terrifying evil.
The Newman/Tolkien lecture will be moderated by Father Joseph Koterski, S.J., Professor, Philosophy Department, Fordham University.
The first of two featured speakers is Dr. John Ryle Kezel, Fordham University Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Director of the Campion Center. Professor Kezel will present New Words for Catholic Ecclesiology: Newman and Tolkien.
Father Nicholas J. Rouch S.T.D. is Diocesan Vicar for Education for the Diocese of Erie, and Vice Rector of St. Mark Seminary. Father Rouch will present Heroic Virtue in Newman's Callista and Tolkien's Frodo.
Conference co-sponsor, The Spiritual Family The Work, runs the International Centre of Newman Friends, including four Newman libraries. Mother Julia Verhaeghe, the community's foundress, had a special affinity for Cardinal Newman, whom she referred to as a "brother of my soul." For information about The International Centre of Newman Friends, visit www.newmanfriendsinternational.org.
This two-hour forum begins at 7pm and will be followed by a reception. The event takes place at Fordham University's Lowenstein Building (12th floor), 113 West 60th St., NY, NY. It is free and open to the public, but advance RSVP is requested. To register, or for more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-677-5680.