Amanda Skofstad | August 25, 2018
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., has announced that Rowan Williams, renowned theologian and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will deliver a keynote lecture as part of the 2018-19 Notre Dame Forum.
This year’s Notre Dame Forum, “The Catholic Artistic Heritage: Bringing Forth Treasures New and Old,” invites the University community to engage in a yearlong series of events. Catholicism, with its sacramental vision, has a rich heritage of inspiring and sponsoring artistic creativity of various forms as a means of expressing, exploring and deepening faith. This tradition continues today as artists of various Christian traditions, other faiths and even those who are not believers find inspiration in and develop themes inspired by this Catholic and Christian tradition of art — themes such as love, sin, sacrifice, atonement and redemption. Especially important in this regard is the influence of the Catholic social tradition on artists who explore poverty and injustice, and commit their thought and creativity to support for the suffering and oppressed.
Co-sponsored by “Religion & Literature,” a Notre Dame journal housed in the Department of English, Williams will present a talk titled, “Relieved by Prayer: Power, Shame and Redemption in Shakespeare’s Drama,” in the Dahnke Ballroom at 5 p.m. Nov. 26 (Monday). A reception will follow the lecture.
“Rowan Williams is a renowned scholar, poet and Church leader,” said Father Jenkins. “We are fortunate to have him speak on the intersection of religious faith and literature.”
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