Writing about faith and reason as these two essential attributes of my humanity have shaped my choices and my work is a particularly difficult task for me since, as a student of literature, my writing is always safely anchored in the concreteness and otherness of the text which is my subject. The narrative I am here attempting has no such comfortable center, and so I proceed, tentatively and humbly, to look for the beginning of a thread out of a skein of many yarns in order to produce the very text which is my subject.


The first annual Humanities Symposium was held Feb. 28-March 1, 1994. The Humanities Symposium was part of "Viva Humanitas," a yearlong series of programs celebrating the opening of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center in August 1993.



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