How Dante Can Save your Life
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
The American Conservative
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Fulton 511
Co-sponsored with The Church in the 21st Century Center
Abstract: In this book event, journalist and blogger Rod Dreher will discuss his latest book, How Dante Can Save your Life. The book is meant for those who find themselves untethered and lost in the modern world. Dreher reveals Dante's penetrating (but often hidden) spiritual, moral, and psychological insights, and shows how these ideas can be used to rise above misery and confusion to happiness and peace.
As Dreher writes in the book’s introduction: “This medieval masterpiece, perhaps the greatest poem ever written, reached me when I thought I was unreachable, and lit the way out of a dark wood of depression, confusion, and a stress-related autoimmune disease that, had it persisted, would have dangerously degraded my health. Dante helped me understand the mistakes and mistaken beliefs that brought me to this dead end. He showed me that I had the power to change, and revealed to me how to do so. Most important of all, the poet gave me a renewed vision of life.”
Rod Dreher is a writer, editor and blogger, who currently writes a regular blog for The American Conservative. He is most recently the author of How Dante Can Save your Life. Earlier books include: The Little Way of Ruthie Leming (2010), about his childhood home of St. Francisville, LA, and his sister’s battle with cancer; and Crunchy Cons (2006), about a growing "conservative counterculture" movement that stands outside the GOP mainstream. Previously Dreher worked as the director of publications for the John Templeton Foundation, and as a columnist and editorial writer for Dallas Morning News from 2003 to 2010. His writings have appeared in such publications as the National Review, Weekly Standard, and Wall Street Journal, and he has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered as well as several television networks. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University.
"Writing About Religion in a Polarized Age"
October 23, 2014, interview with Rod Dreher
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