Twin Cities Harper Lecture with Richard Rosengarten, AM'88, PhD'94: Portraits of the Artist as a Catholic and a Jew: Flannery O'Connor, Frida Kahlo, and Simone Weil


Hilton Garden Inn
1101 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Event Details

Richard Rosengarten, AM'88, PhD'94, will outline the intersections of life and art in the remarkably parallel cases of the writer Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), the artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), and the philosopher Simone Weil (1909-1943). Never before examined together, they display remarkable commonalities. Each was utterly devoted to the theory and practice of her craft and regarded it as affording a unique perspective on the world and meaning; each experienced debilitating illness or injury, with an impending sense of death that lent urgency to both her theory and practice; and each suspected as death approached that her work was incomplete, badly misunderstood, or both. Rosengarten will show how these common elements come into the richest comparative focus via their eclectic, often conflicting, not always acknowledged engagements with Judaism and Catholicism.


Cost: $20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)

Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies

Includes program and refreshments


Register Online

Deadline: 5/2/2014


2:00 PM-2:45 PM: Registration and Reception

2:45 PM-4:00 PM: Presentation and Discussion

Speaker Profiles

Richard Rosengarten (Speaker)

Richard Rosengarten is associate professor of religion and literature at the Divinity School, where he served as dean from 2000 to 2010. His published work includes Henry Fielding and the Narration of Providence: Divine Design and the Incursions of Evil and essays on a range of authors including Jonathan Swift, Paul Ricoeur, William Carlos Williams, and Ralph Ellison.


Chanel Hampton 

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