Gonzaga University’s “Jesuits and the Arts”
Series continues with a focus on literature, featuring Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). Considered one of the most important poets of the 19th century, the works of Hopkins were never published in his lifetime. The first event Feb. 5 is a lecture by Father Thomas Lucas, S.J., entitled “Historical Context of Gerard Manley Hopkins,” from 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the Jundt Auditorium of the Jundt Art Museum. The lecture will address the world surrounding Hopkins during his life. Fr. Lucas, rector of Seattle University’s Jesuit community, previously served as a professor of art and architecture at University of San Francisco. He is a prolific author and internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history. Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Huetter Mansion on Gonzaga’s campus, Gonzaga will host a reception for Richard Austin. A professional actor trained in London, Austin will perform his one-man show featuring Hopkins’ poetry – performed entirely from memory – at 6:30 p.m., in the University Chapel located on the third floor of College Hall. Austin has received international acclaim for his worldwide performances of the show titled, “Back to Beauty’s Giver.” The final Hopkins event will be a presentation by Gonzaga Special Collections Librarian Stephanie Plowman on Gonzaga’s Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection – one of the world’s foremost Hopkins research archives – Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., in the Foley Center Teleconference Room. A reception will follow from 7-8 p.m. in the Foley Center Library Rare Books Room, where Gonzaga’s Hopkins Collection will be on display. All events free and open to the public.