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Our theme this month is
Why Poetry Matters.

Next month, we will explore
Easter Passover and the Eucharist.


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FREE VIDEO SERIES NOW AVAILABLE

We are thrilled to announce the release of our new free video series from the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture Program: “The Person: Action and Influence.” This series explores the fundamental questions at the heart of the moral and ethical life: What is the nature of our reality, and how should a life be lived? Join us as we discuss the nature of conscience, the virtues of courage and prudence, and the various ways in which we impact our world through our actions and our influence on others.


POETRY AS PROBING OF WOUNDS

In this video, Father Stephen Gregg, O.Cist., recites and meditates upon Dana Gioia’s poem “Prayer.” Written in the wake of death and grief, this poem is no mere decoration, as Father Stephen explains, but a way of probing a wound and “offering it for healing to God.”



This video is taken from the free video series "The Person: Action and Influence," part of the
Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture Program.

POETRY AND LICHEN

In this episode of the Liberal Learning for Life @ UD podcast, Associate Professor of English Andrew Osborn, Ph.D., takes us on a tour of poetry. We speak about why Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” is so often misunderstood, the legendary “Junior Poet” course that all UD English majors take, and why, when it comes to poetry, it can sometimes be better to attend less to the forest and more to individual trees, and even to the minuscule lichen on those trees.

This episode is taken from the Liberal Learning for Life @ UD Podcast, which features compelling, pithy and rich conversations with UD faculty and friends.
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HOW TO READ POETRY WELL

Reading poetry well depends upon a grasp of its artistry, an analysis that traditionally was called “grammatical.” This teaching guide for poetry, taken from the Arts of Liberty Project, lays out all the steps required to progress from a basic comprehension of a poem to a fuller, more complex understanding.


This article is taken from the journal of the
Arts of Liberty Project, which educates students, teachers and lifelong learners in the purpose and power of the liberal arts and liberal education.

      Upcoming Events     

TRANSLATION: APPROPRIATION
OR APPRECIATION?

Thursday, March 25 @ 11 a.m. CST, via Zoom

Amid concerns about damages wrought by cultural appropriation, how does translation — as both a practice and an idea — help us understand the risks and rewards of crossings, borrowings and interactions between cultures and languages? Join us for this discussion moderated by Liberal Learning for Life Content Director Shannon Valenzuela, Ph.D., BA ’00.

Speakers include Jose Espericueta, Ph.D. (University of Dallas), Janet Hendrickson, Ph.D., BA ’03 (University of Dallas) and Jeannine Pitas, Ph.D. (University of Dubuque).




THE SCANDALOUS HOLY:
ORTHODOX IMAGINATION IN VODOLAZKIN'S "LAURUS"

Friday, March 26 @ 7 p.m. CST, via Zoom

Jessica Hooten Wilson, Ph.D., MA ’06, the Louise Cowan Scholar-in-Residence and author of several award-winning books, including Giving the Devil His Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov, will give a lecture based on a portion of her forthcoming book, The Scandalous Holy.

 


ACTION, CONTEMPLATION AND
THE LIBERAL ARTS

Wednesday, April 14 @ 2 p.m. CST, via Zoom

Which is superior: the life of action or contemplation? Join us for a conversation about this question, which appears in Plato and the Fathers of the Church as well as in conversations today about the “value” of the liberal arts, paid meditation apps, and the promise of finding peace in “deep work.” Join us for this roundtable conversation moderated by Liberal Learning Outreach Coordinator Michael West, Ph.D., BA ’10.

Speakers include Jonathan Sanford, Ph.D. (University of Dallas), Jennifer Summit, Ph.D. (San Francisco State University) and Blakey Vermeule, Ph.D. (Stanford University).

 


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