CLS 2009- Close to Catholic: A Celebration of Kindred Spirits

The 2009 Catholic Culture Literature Series featured four influential and fascinating authors, none of whom were Catholic. Yet the writings of T.S. Eliot, Simone Weil, C.S. Lewis, and Fyodor Dostoevsky all shared much in common with Catholic theology and philosophy. With these lectures, we hoped to inspire Notre Dame undergraduate students to read and appreciate the work of these great non-Catholic luminaries as invaluable to their Catholic formation. Each speaker spent a good amount of his or her talk on the similarities and differences between the professed faith of each author and the Catholic faith and the way these differences shaped each author’s work. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
T.S. Eliot
by Prof. Dominic Manganiello, University of Ottawa

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Simone Weil
by Sr. Ann Astell, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
C.S. Lewis
by Prof. Joseph Pearce, Ave Maria University
 Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Fyodor Dostoevsky
by Prof. Robert Bird, University of Chicago