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Spring 2016 Faculty Reading Group: Lit by Mary Karr

Spring 2016 Faculty Reading Group: Lit by Mary Karr

FIRST MEETING
Group A: Tuesday, February 16th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group B: Wednesday, February 17th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reading: Part 1 & Part 2, pages 1-160

SECOND MEETING
Group A: Tuesday, March 1st, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group B: Wednesday, March 2nd, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reading: Part 3 & Part 4, pages 163-386

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) is pleased to organize our new Faculty Reading Group for this coming spring semester. Whether reading classics from the Catholic literary heritage or new works by contemporary authors, CCIH gives Loyola faculty an opportunity for a collegial gathering to read and discuss texts that resonate with the Catholic imagination.

The spring 2016 reading group is dedicated to poet and memoirist Mary Karr. Born and raised in west Texas, Karr rose to fame with her memoir series, The Liars’ Club (1995), Cherry (2000) and Lit (2009). Her poetry, too, has won acclaim, especially her volume, Sinners Welcome (2006). Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

We will read together Karr’s third memoir Lit. In this work, Karr recounts the details of her alcoholism during her adulthood and her surprising conversion to Catholicism during her recovery. While her previous memoirs are a coming-of-age narrative, Lit is a humorous account of adulthood, motherhood, and encountering God. All meetings will all take place in the Hank Center's conference room (Cuneo Hall, 425)

Mary Karr will also deliver the Hank Center's annual Cardinal Newman Lecture on March 2. More information on this event coming soon!