The Disturbing Light of Reality: Sin and Redemption 

The Fall 2004 Lecture Series, "The Disturbing Light of Reality: Sin and Redemption in the writings of Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh," examined the frailty of the human condition and the depths of God’s mercy in relieving us from that condition, as portrayed in the works of British Catholic authors Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh. In planning the conference it seemed natural to pair Greene and Waugh, since both are British Catholic writers of the same era who were friends as well as admirers of each other’s work. In fact, the title of the series is taken from Greene’s remark in a 1978 interview with The New York Times Magazine that he wanted to make his prose as clear and plain as Waugh’s, in order better to let the “disturbing light of reality” shine through. Watch Disturbing Light of Reality Videos

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 
It Should Rhyme with 'Laugh': Humor in Waugh
by Professor Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame
Monday, October 4, 2004 
Evelyn Waugh: The Priest as Craftsman
by Prof. Ian Kerr, Oxford University
Thursday, October 7, 2004 
Graham Greene and Film Noir
by Prof. Thomas Hibbs, Baylor University