Heart Speaks to Heart: John Henry Newman on Faith, Reason, and Holiness

Aug 28 6:30–8:30pm
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Austin WalkerLumen Christi Institute


Each year, the West Suburban Catholic Culture series presents sophisticated yet accessible lectures drawn from the treasure house of the Church's intellectual tradition. These lectures explore contemporary themes and issues by presenting faithful Catholic teaching in a way that avoids the acrimony of the culture wars.

As a capstone to the 2023-2024 series on Faith and Reason, the Lumen Christi Institute will hold an intimate dinner-time lecture at its headquarters on the University of Chicago Campus. Associate Director and Scholar-in-Residence Austin Walker will discuss the thought of St. John Henry Newman, one of the most influential and sophisticated modern Catholic thinkers. Dr. Walker will take us through Newman's famous and insightful account of how we discover, assent to, and communicate the truth and beauty of the faith.

Doors will open and cocktails will be served at 6:30 pm. Dinner and the lecture begin at 7:00 pm. The evening will conclude by 8:30 pm. The format will be the same as  we follow at Ruth Lake Country Club; the one difference is that we at Lumen Christi will have the joy of hosting you.

Austin Walker is Associate Director of the Lumen Christi Institute and a Scholar-in-Residence. In directing LCI's University Program, he oversees the presentation of the Church's intellectual tradition on the University of Chicago campus. In directing its Cultural Forum, he supervises the articulation of the Church's mind on questions of the day for a lay Catholic audience.  He also leads LCI's Executive Great Books seminar series and serves as an instructor at the University of Chicago's Graham School Basic Program of Liberal Education. In 2022, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's prestigious Committee on Social Thought, where he wrote on John Henry Newman's political philosophy. He holds M.A.'s from the University of Chicago and the University of Mississippi.  He received a B.A. with highest honors in Classical Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From 2007 to 2011, he taught in the Mississippi Delta for the Mississippi Teacher Corps, where he received the Andrew P. Mullins Jr. Award in 2009. He and his wife have three young children.