Thomas Merton Conference: November 14 and 15, 2008

N.B. I’ll be at this conference. Hope to see you there, too!

— Carl

Reading Thomas Merton: The Atlanta 40th Anniversary Celebration

 

Thomas Merton (1915-1968), monk, writer, poet, artist, entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky on December 10, 1941.  He died by accident twenty-seven years later while attending a Monastic Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.  As a Roman Catholic monk, he published some fifty books while maintaining a regular monastic routine and a very active intellectual and creative life. He served as Master of Scholastics (1950-1960) and as Novice Master (1960-1965). During his final years he lived alone.  Since his death almost as many books by him have appeared as when he was alive.  He is one of the most important Catholic writers in the 20th century. His life and writings serve as a guide for many.

 

Join a wide variety of scholars, friends and students of Merton for a 2-day conference and art exhibit.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

FRIDAY NIGHT CONFERENCE AND SOCIAL: 7:30-10:00 PM

SATURDAY CONFERENCE: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Conference attendees will experience lectures on various concepts related to Merton’s thought and life. There will be time for silent reflection, prayer, monastic hymns, fellowship, and panel discussions with noted Merton scholars and friends.

A special art exhibit of photographs taken by Merton will be available for viewing throughout the conference. The exhibit will be discussed by Dr. Paul Pearson, Director and Archivist of The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. Bookstore available.

 

SPECIAL SATURDAY NIGHT ART EXHIBIT AND RECEPTION: 7:00-9:00 PM

A special art exhibit of photographs taken by Merton will be available for viewing on Saturday night after the conference has concluded. The exhibit will be discussed by Dr. Paul Pearson, Director and Archivist of The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University. There will be opportunity for socializing during a light reception and viewing of the exhibit.

 

 

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS:

Victor Kramer: Emeritus Professor of English, Georgia State University, was Founding and Continuing Editor of THE MERTON ANNUAL: STUDIES IN CULTURE, SPIRITUALITY, AND SOCIAL CONCERNS (1988-2008)

 

Kathy Hoffman: Teacher of Old & New Testament and World Religions at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, GA

 

David King: Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at Kennesaw State University

 

Emile Farge: Chair of The Atlanta Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society

 

Paul Pearson: Director and Archivist of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

 

Phillip Thompson: Executive Director of The Aquinas Center at Emory University has taught at St. Edward’s University and at Georgia Tech

 

DONATION:

Friday Night/Saturday Conference                            

$40.00 (lunch included)

 

Saturday Night Reception and Photographic Exhibit                   

$10.00 (included with conference registration)

 

LOCATION:

All CONFERENCE activities and art exhibit will be held at:

 

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church

1350 Hearst Drive, NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

 

REGISTRATION: Please register by November 10, 2008

via web: www.olachurch.org/education/adults.htm

Via Post: Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church

Att. Mark Dannenfelser

1350 Hearst Drive, NE

Atlanta, GA 30319

Via Phone: 404-261-7181, x123

 

FoR MORE INFORMATION:

Mark Dannenfelser 404-261-7181, mdannenfelser@olachurch.org

 

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donation:

Conference (Friday/Saturday) = $40.00 (lunch included)

Saturday Night Reception and exhibit= $10.00 (this cost is included with conference registration)

____ payment enclosed (check payable to: our lady of the assumption church)

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____ I will attend the CONFERENCE and the saturday night exhibit ($40.00)

____ I will attend the CONFERENCE only ($40.00)

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conference and exhibit Supported by: Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church; The Atlanta Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society; Spring Hill College; The Aquinas Center at Emory University; The Thomas merton center at bellarmine university; trinity book & gift shop at the ignatius house; THE ABBEY BOOKSTORE AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

  • Liadan

    Aw man, why do you torture me like this?

    Liadan

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Because I’m sadistic. :-)

  • Fred Taabu

    I would like to attend this conference. BUt am from Uganda Africa. Let me know how possible to attend

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Mr. Taabu, I’m afraid that, unless you can afford to fly to Atlanta or can find someone to sponsor your trip, there’s not much I can do to help you with the conference. Sorry!


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