The Fall 2005 Catholic Culture Series considered the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and changed the format of the series by spreading the lectures out over the course of a month, rather than holding them all in one week. The series focused on how Tolkien “gave us such a deepened Catholic vision and understanding of the world,” especially through his Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Following the popularity of the films, our lectures were packed, with audiences of 250 each night. Sadly, no videos are available for this series.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005:J.R.R. Tolkien: A Catholic Writer for Our Uncatholic Age
by Prof. Ralph Wood, Baylor University
Tuesday, November 1, 2005Tolkien: Truth and Myth
by Prof. Joseph Pearce, Ave Maria College
Tuesday, November 8, 2005:J.R.R. Tolkien's Literary Politics
by Prof. Mary Keys, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, November 15, 2005: Missing the Spirit: The Scouring of the Shire, Tolkien's Catholicism and Peter Jackson's Return of the King
by Prof. Greg Wright, Puget Sound Christian College