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Edward Short to Lecture on "Newman and the Idea of Sanctity"
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Newman and his Family On April 3, 2014, author Edward Short will give a lecture on "Newman and the Idea of Sanctity" at 6:30 p.m. in the Theater-in-the-Round, University Center. The event is sponsored by the William J. Toth Visiting Professorship Endowment and the Center for Catholic Studies, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Catholic Studies.

James Joyce called Newman the finest writer of prose in the English language. He was certainly the most famous preacher in England in the 19th century. In 1845 he became the most famous convert to Catholicism. Through his writings John Henry Newman (1801-1890) – now, "Blessed" since his Beatification in 2010 – has been called the Father of the Second Vatican Council. In his talk, Edward Short will draw on many of Newman's sermons to show how intent the writer was to reaffirm the appeal of the devout life, an appeal that was as foreign to many of his own contemporaries as it is to ours.

Edward Short studied history and art history at Hunter College in the City University of New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude. His first book, Newman and his Contemporaries (2011) received wide acclaim in America, Great Britain and beyond. His follow-up volume, Newman and his Family, was published by Bloomsbury in the Fall of 2013. Currently, he is at work on the final volume of his trilogy on Newman and his contemporaries, Newman and his Critics. Mr. Short also writes for a number of magazines and journals, including The Weekly Standard, Books & Culture, The Salisbury Review, City Journal, and The New Criterion. He is married and lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

About the Center for Catholic Studies

Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, “The Core of the Core,” which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.

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For more information please contact:
Brittany Venturella
(973) 275-2175
catholicstudies@shu.edu

 

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