The 2022 Aquinas Scholar in Residence

Jonathan Malesic

"Thomas Aquinas and the Demons of Work"
 Jonathan Malesic, PhD

Thursday, March 31, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Rice Commons - Student Center

Free and open to the public with book signing and reception to follow.

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Jonathan Malesic is an essayist, journalist, and scholar whose writing has been recognized as notable in Best American Essays (2019, 2020, 2021) and Best American Food Writing (2020) and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology (2019). His new book, The End of BurnoutWhy Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives, was published by University of California Press in January 2022. His work has appeared in the New York TimesThe New RepublicWashington PostAmericaCommonwealNotre Dame MagazineThe Hedgehog ReviewThe PointChronicle of Higher Education, and elsewhere. He has been the recipient of major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisville Institute. His first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square, won a ForeWord INDIES gold medal for the religion category (2009). He lives in Dallas.



In this presentation, St. Thomas Aquinas, himself a relentless worker and arguably someone who suffered from burnout, will guide us through the ways we can confront our demons: the work ethic, acedia, and burnout.

The Aquinas Scholar in Residence is sponsored by the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, held by Professor Anita Houck. 

For further information, please contact Department of Religious Studies and Theology, (574) 284-4534 or email

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