Flannery O'Connor: The Making of an American Master

Cover photo of film

Mark Bosco, S.J.
Georgetown University

Angela O'Donnell
Fordham University

DATE: Thursday, November 4, 2021
TIME: 5 - 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Devlin Hall 101

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Please join us to watch a film about one of America's most iconic Catholic writers followed by a discussion with the film's producer, Mark Bosco, S.J.,and one of the most respected scholars of O'Connor's work, Angela O'Donnell of Fordham University's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. 

Speakers Bios

Mark Bosco, S.J.

Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., is Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University, and holds an appointment in the Department of English. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Fr. Bosco joined Georgetown after fourteen years at Loyola University Chicago, where he was a tenured faculty member with a joint appointment in the Departments of Theology and English. From 2012-2017, he also served as Director of The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola.

As a scholar, Fr. Bosco has focused much of his work on the intersection of theology and art—specifically, the British and American Catholic literary tradition. He has published on a number of authors, including the writers Graham Greene and Flannery O’Connor. He is also co-producer and co-director of the film Flannery, which won the 2019 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, and which premiered on PBS American Masters on March 23, 2021.

Angela O'Donnell headshot

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD is a professor, poet, and writer at Fordham University in New York City and serves as associate director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and seven collections of poems, most recently, Andalusian Hours (2020), a collection of 101 poems that channel the voice of Flannery O’Connor, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage (2021). In addition, O’Donnell has published a prize-winning memoir, Mortal Blessings (2014) and a book of hours based on the practical theology of Flannery O’Connor, The Province of Joy (2012), and her biography Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith (2015) was awarded first prize for excellence in publishing from The Association of Catholic Publishers. Her new critical book on Flannery O’Connor, Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor was published by Fordham University Press in 2020.  

Read More

Bosco, Mark. “Trump’s cuts to the arts are threatening this Jesuit priest’s documentary on Flannery O’Connor.” America (March 28, 2017). https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/03/28/trumps-cuts-arts-are-threatening-jesuit-priests-documentary-flannery.

__________. “Flannery O’Connor: A walking contradiction on race.” America (July 27, 2020). https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/07/17/flannery-oconnor-walking-contradiction-race.

Bosco, Mark and Brent Little, editors. Revelation and Convergence: Flannery O’Connor and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017.

Elie, Paul. “How Racist Was Flannery O’Connor?” The New Yorker (June 22, 2020). https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/06/22/how-racist-was-flannery-oconnor.

O’Donnell, Angela. Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020.

__________. Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.

__________. “How Flannery O’Connor Found Her Art & Her God in Her Letters.” America. August 8, 2008. https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2018/08/08/how-flannery-oconnor-found-her-art-and-her-god-letters.

__________. “The ‘Canceling’ of Flannery O’Connor?” Commonweal (August 3, 2020). https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/cancelling-flannery-oconnor.

Parker, James. “The Passion of Flannery O’Connor.” The Atlantic (November 2013). https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/11/the-passion-of-flannery-oconnor/309532/.

In the News

Reading Flannery O'Connor Today

America Magazine includes a look back at one of America’s most iconic Catholic writers, Flannery O’Connor, in their Fall 2021 literary review, re-examining her works in a modern lens. Author Hannah E. Ryan points to the “internal dissonance” between O’Connor’s social commentary and theological vision, and the recent revelations of racism that was present throughout her life. In light of this legacy, Loyola University Maryland recently renamed Flannery O’Connor Hall, a campus residence hall, to Thea Bowman Hall.

For further consideration of this exemplary Catholic writer and her impacts in the modern day, please join the Boisi Center on November 4 from 5-7:30pm for a screening of the documentary film Flannery, followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Mark Bosco S.J., and O’Connor scholar Angela O’Donnell.