Humanities Series Offers New and Familiar Faces

Humanities Series Offers New and Familiar Faces

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

Appearances by a Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of W.E.B DuBois and an author whose parents' deaths left him as guardian of his younger brother highlight the spring Lowell Lecture Humanities Series at Boston College.


Rev. Howard Gray, SJ, returns to BC to begin the spring Lowell Lecture Humanities Series.
The series, which for more than four decades has brought renowned artists, poets and authors to campus, also will feature this semester a former Boston College Jesuit with some divine questions, an historian with a perspective on freedom in America and a writer who has been called "America's best social critic."

All Humanities Series events will be held in Gasson 100 unless otherwise noted.

The spring schedule kicks off on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. with the Candlemas Lecture to be offered by Rev. Howard Gray, SJ, founding director of BC's Center for Ignatian Spirituality, now assistant to the president of John Carroll University in Cleveland. Fr. Gray will present "Rowing Towards Revelation: the Spirituality of Learning" and will offer an exploration of the key questions in any spirituality: "Who is your God?" and "How do you come to your God?"

On Feb. 13 at 4 p.m., David Levering Lewis will offer "DuBois and American Exceptionalism." Lewis recently completed a two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois and was awarded a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Letters for distinguished biography for his work. Lewis, the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor at Rutgers University, also will serve as a visiting scholar for BC's Black History Month observance.

The following day will feature a reading at 7:30 p.m. by Dave Eggers, editor of the literary journal McSweeney's and known for his experimental writing. Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, in which he tells of his struggle to care for his younger brother after the deaths of their parents.

Columbia University's DeWitt Clinton Professor of History Eric Foner will come to campus on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. to present "The Story of American Freedom." A scholar in the fields of the American Civil War, Reconstruction, slavery and the 19th Century, Foner is the author of the highly regarded Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877 and The Story of American Freedom.

Robert Pinsky makes his third appearance at Boston College on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 300. The former United States Poet Laureate and author of The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 and the celebrated The Inferno of Dante will present "Dante: Inferno XIII."

Andrew Delbanco, called "America's best social critic" by Time, is the author of numerous books on American literature, culture and religion including his most recent: Writing New England. He will present "Melville, Our Contemporary" on April 11 in Gasson 305 at 7:30 p.m.  

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