6254-January 19, 2012
The Malone University Writers Series – in conjunction with the St. Jacob of Alaska Speakers Series of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church – will present Scott Cairns, Thursday, February 9-10.
The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and director of creative writing at Malone at 330.471.8365 or at wrfgrf+znybar+rqh
Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m.
Lecture and Discussion: Watchfulness: A Good Start
Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts
Program description: In the Psalms, we find our holy antecedent invoking God's wrath "upon the enemy"; such passages serve us today when we first realize that this enemy is found in our own numb hearts, our own dim wits, within our own discouraged spirits, our all-but-oblivious souls. Speaking of prayer. More recently, Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra has said "when I do not have the sense of [a] struggle with God,...I have not even begun to pray." Those of us who hunger for prayer may find such words disturbing, or at least discouraging. Therein begins the struggle wherein we might just begin to pray. So, two struggles confront us as we attempt to shape lives of prayer: a struggle with our own habitual dimness, and a struggle with the God Himself. How are we to meet these struggles? How are we to wake our hearts? How will we ever begin to pray?
Friday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Randall Campus Center
Scott Cairns is Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in English at the University of Missouri. During spring 2012 is serving as a visiting professor of English at Saint Katherine College in Encinitas, California. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Scott Cairns is author of the book-length essay The End of Suffering (Paraclete Press, 2009) and the spiritual memoir Short Trip to the Edge (Harper, San Francisco). His poems and essays have been widely published and anthologized, and his most recent collection of poetry is Compass of Affection (Paraclete Press, 2006). He is also director of MU Summer Seminars in Greece, which provides graduate and undergraduate students with opportunities for intensive engagement with modern Greek literary culture.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
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