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Lectures center on O’Connor, Percy

Sam Davis | Thursday, November 6, 2003

The works of Walker Percy and Flannery O’Connor will be the subject of a lecture series sponsored by Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture Nov. 10-13.

The title of the series, “A Reason to Write: Two Catholic Novelists,” is taken from O’Connor, who once wrote, “I feel that if I were not a Catholic, I would have no reason to write, no reason to see, no reason ever to feel horrified or even to enjoy anything.”

According to Jennifer Bradley, a Notre Dame senior and organizer of the series, “We hope to better acquaint the Notre Dame community with the lives and work of Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, two figures who loom large in American Catholicism’s recent past. To that end, we have put together a set of lectures which will not only each be very good individually, but that will, when taken as a whole, offer a rich and full account of the importance of these Catholic writers.”

The series will include four lectures, all beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 138 of DeBartolo Hall. The first lecture will occur Nov. 10 and feature Ralph Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University, on “Why Jesus Throws Everything Off Balance: Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Culture.”