Each year, Wyoming Catholic College welcomes lecturers from the wider academic community to the town of Lander—distinguished men and women who contribute complementary perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. This year’s lecturers (and the dates of their presentations) are:
Douglas Hedley, University of Cambridge
Dr. Hedley is Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge in the Faculty of Divinity. He specializes in Neoplatonism, the Cambridge Platonists, aspects of Romantic and Idealistic thought, and Philosophy of Religion. His monographs include The Iconic Imagination (2016), Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement and the Sacred (2011), Living Forms of the Imagination (2008), and Aids to Reflection and the Mirror of the Spirit: Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion (2000). He has published articles in The Journal of the History of Ideas, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. He is co-editor of the series Studies in Philosophical Theology published by Peeters of Leuven. He currently serves as co-chair of the Platonism/Neoplatonism group at the American Academy of Religion.
Thomas Pfau, Duke University
Dr. Pfau earned his PhD from SUNY Buffalo in 1989, and is currently the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English (with secondary appointments in Germanic Language & Literatures and the Divinity School at Duke University). He has published some forty-five essays on literary and philosophical subjects ranging from the 18th through the early 20th century. In addition to two translations, of Hölderlin and Schelling (SUNY Press, 1987 and 1994), he has also edited seven essay collections and special journal issues and is the author of three monographs: Wordsworth’s Profession, Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, Melancholy, 1790-1840, and Minding the Modern: Intellectual Traditions, Human Agency, and Responsible Knowledge. His current book project focuses on phenomenology of image-consciousness in literature, theology, and philosophy.
Dana Gioia, Former CA Poet laureate and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Dana Gioia is an American poet and writer. He spent the first fifteen years of his career writing at night while working for General Foods Corporation. After his 1991 essay “Can Poetry Matter?” in The Atlantic generated international attention, Gioia quit business to pursue writing full-time, and served as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) between 2003 and 2009. Gioia has published five books of poetry and three volumes of literary criticism as well as opera libretti, song cycles, translations, and over two dozen literary anthologies. Gioia is the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California, where he now teaches, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum. In December 2015 he became the California State Poet Laureate.