2020 Symposium

Jonathan MalesicWe are pleased to announce

The 2020 Symposium on Saint Thomas Aquinas

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

Thursday, March 26, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Stapleton Lounge - LeMans Hall

Free and open to the public with reception to follow



Jonathan Malesic, PhD, a writer, scholar, and teacher who focuses on the intersections of work, religion, and education. His writing has appeared in The New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hedgehog Review, America, Commonweal, Notre Dame Magazine, Plough Quarterly, and several academic journals. He has won grants from the NEH and Louisville Institute, and his essays have received special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology and Best American Essays. His first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square, won the gold medal for the religion category in the 2009 INDIES Book of the Year Awards. He teaches first-year writing at Southern Methodist University, and he is currently writing a book on burnout under contract with University of California Press. He lives in Dallas, Texas. 



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 Symposium is sponsored by the Joyce McMahon Hank Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology, held by Associate Professor Anita Houck. 

For further information, please contact Department of Religious Studies, (574) 284-4534 or email ahouck@saintmarys.edu.

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