Special Author Event at the Catholic Information Center 

by Martin Barillas Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Special Author Event at the CIC

Tuesday, May 25 - 6:30 PM

John C. Wright

Total Conversion: A Science Fiction Novelist's Close Encounter with God

Please join us this Tuesday evening as we welcome Sci-Fi author John C. Wright, who will discuss the events, both natural and supernatural, including both philosophical conundrums and ecstatic visions, which led him from being a fierce and uncompromising advocate of atheism to his conversion to Christianity, and will discuss the relation of the Christian religion and Science Fiction.

John C. Wright is a retired attorney, newspaperman and newspaper editor, who was only once on the lam and forced to hide from the police who did not admire his newspaper. He has published numerous short stories and nine novels, including Orphans of Chaos, which was nominated for a Nebula.

In 1987, he graduated from the College and William and Mary’s Law School (going from the third oldest to the second oldest school in continuous use in the United States), and was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions (New York, May 1989; Maryland December 1990; DC January 1994). His law practice was unsuccessful enough to drive him into bankruptcy soon thereafter. His stint as a newspaperman for the St. Mary’s Today was more rewarding spiritually, but, alas, also a failure financially. He presently works (successfully) as a writer in Virginia, where he lives in fairy-tale-like happiness with his wife, the authoress L. Jagi Lamplighter (Annapolis, class of 1985), and their four children: Evelyn, Orville, Wilbur, and Just Wright.

At the age of 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity. In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly stated: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics."

Tuesday, May 25 - 6:30 PM


Upcoming June Events at the CIC

Tuesday, June 1 - 5:30 PM
Men's Evening of Recollection

Thursday, June 3 - 6:00 PM
Women's Evening of Recollection

Tuesday, June 8 - 6:00 PM
Robert R. Reilly

Please Join us as we welcome Robert R. Reilly to discuss and sign The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist

Islam’s Intellectual Suicide—and the Threat to Us All

People are shocked and frightened by the behavior coming out of the Islamic world—not only because it is violent, but also because it is seemingly inexplicable. While there are many answers to the question of “what went wrong” in the Muslim world, no one has decisively answered why it went wrong. Until now.

In this eye-opening new book, foreign policy expert Robert R. Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over the role of reason, the side of irrationality won. The deformed theology that resulted, Reilly reveals, produced the spiritual pathology of Islamism, and a deeply dysfunctional culture.

Terrorism—from 9/11, to London, Madrid, and Mumbai, to the Christmas 2009 attempted airline bombing—is the most obvious manifestation of this crisis. But Reilly shows that the pathology extends much further. The Closing of the Muslim Mind solves such puzzles as:

· why peace is so elusive in the Middle East

· why the Arab world stands near the bottom of every measure of human development

· why scientific inquiry is nearly dead in the Islamic world

· why Spain translates more books in a single year than the entire Arab world has in the past thousand years

· why some people in Saudi Arabia still refuse to believe man has been to the moon

· why Muslim media frequently present natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina as God’s direct retribution

Delving deeper than previous polemics and simplistic analyses, The Closing of the Muslim Mind provides the answers the West has so desperately needed in confronting the Islamist crisis.

Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications. A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Reilly is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and lives near Washington, D.C.

Tuesday June 8 - 6:00 PM


Wednesday, June 9 - 6:00 PM
Bradley J. Birzer

Please join us as we welcome Bradley J. Birzer to discuss and sign
American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll.</BAristocrat. Catholic. Patriot. Founder. Before his death in 1832, Charles Carroll of Carrollton - the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence - was widely regarded as one of the most important founders. Today, Carroll's signal contributions to the American founding are overlooked, but in the fascinating new biography American Cicero, historian Bradley J. Birzer rescues Carroll from this unjust neglect. Born a bastard, Carroll became the best educated founder, a man of supreme intellect, imagination, and integrity. He recognized the necessity of American independence well before most other founders, brilliantly analyzed the situation in the run-up to the Revolution (though that analysis is now ignored by historians), inspired the creation of the U.S. Senate, and helped legitimize his religion, Roman Catholicism, in America.

Bradley J. Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History and Director of the American Studies Program at Hillsdale College, Michigan. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (1990) and his Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington (1999). Fascinated by the intersection of myth and history, he is author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson, J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth, co-editor of The American Democrat and Other Political Writings by James Fenimore Cooper (2000), and co-author of The American West (2002). He is also currently writing a comprehensive literary biography of the Inklings. Birzer is Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Center for the American Idea in Houston, as well as being a board member of Ave Maria University's Sapientia Press and of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Wednesday, June 9 - 6:00 PM


Thursday, June 10 - 6:00 PM
Lee Edwards

Please join us as we welcome Lee Edwards
to discuss and sign William F. Buckley: The Maker of a Movement

Lee Edwards presents The Catholic Bill Buckley, the modern-day Renaissance man who forged the conservative movement.

The polysyllabic vocabulary, the wit, the charm, the sailing adventures, the spy novels—all of these have become part of the William F. Buckley Jr. legend. But to consider only Buckley’s charisma and ceaseless energy is to miss that above all he was committed to advancing ideas.

In this concise and compelling new biography, noted conservative historian Lee Edwards, who knew Bill Buckley for more than forty years, reveals how Buckley did more than any other individual to build the conservative movement. Once derided as a set of “irritable mental gestures,” conservatism became, under Buckley’s guidance, a political force that transformed America.

William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement introduces the four most important intellectual influences on this great molder of American conservatism: libertarian author and social critic Albert Jay Nock, conservative political scientist Willmoore Kendall, ex-Soviet spy Whittaker Chambers, and realpolitik apostle James Burnham. Having dup deep into the voluminous Buckley papers, Edwards also illuminates the profound influence of Buckley’s close-knit family and his unwavering Catholic faith.

Edwards brilliantly captures the free spirit and unbounded energy of the conservative polymath, but he also shows that Buckley did not succeed merely on the strength of a winning personality. Rather, Buckley’s achievements were the result of a long series of quite deliberate political acts—many of them overlooked today.

William F. Buckley Jr.: The Maker of a Movement tells the remarkable story of a man who could have been a playboy, sailing his yacht and skiing in Switzerland, but who chose to be the Saint Paul of the conservative movement, carrying the message far and wide.

Lee Edwards is a leading historian of the conservative movement, having written The Conservative Revolution, The Essential Ronald Reagan, and Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution, among many other books. The distinguished fellow in conservative thought at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct professor of politics at Catholic University, Dr. Edwards lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Anne.

Thursday, June 10 - 6:00 PM


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