Lunch Discussion on "The Vocation of the Poet: Humanism, Christianity, and Verse"

May 12, 2022
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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James Matthew WilsonUniversity of Saint Thomas, Houston

Open to current students and faculty. Others interested in joining should contact us. Lunch will be served.

Join us for a lunch discussion with poet and professor James Matthew Wilson (University of St. Thomas, Houston)

Poetry is, at best, a marginal art form in contemporary America, and yet its craft, technique, and tradition are all provocations to reconsider what it means to live a whole, formed life and what it means to encounter, contemplate, and understand reality. In this informal conversation, Professor Wilson will share his own experience of discovering the craft and vocation of verse and we'll consider what poetry has to teach us about the nature of humanistic learning and that which deepens and transcends it, the theological dimension of the intellectual and spiritual life.

James Matthew Wilson is Cullen Foundation Chair in English Literature and the Founding Director of the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing, at the University of Saint Thomas, Houston.  An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on all manner of subjects secular and divine, and especially on those where we see the two in their intrinsic relation, as truth, goodness, beauty, and being disclose themselves in art and culture, in the political and intellectual life, in our quest for self knowledge and the contemplation of God.