Next Wednesday, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut is sponsoring the first annual Henri Nouwen Lecture on Contemporary Spirituality. The event will take place Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. The Schine Auditorium on Sacred Heart’s Fairfield campus will be the venue for this event, which is part of this year’s Presidential Inaugural Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.
According to a press release from SHU: Titled “Listening to Henri,” the program will be presented by Kevin Burns, noted producer, editor and broadcaster. He is the producer of the CBC Radio One Ideas series, which will air Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen next September. He has an extensive background in publishing, having commissioned and edited some 200 non-fiction titles in theology, spirituality, religion, faith and culture, history, philosophy and biography for Novalis. Besides his trade publishing background, his experience teaching at the University of Alberta for 12 years has also introduced him to the ins and outs of scholarly and academic publishing.
“It is a misnomer to call this a lecture; it will be more of a multimedia presentation,” said Dr. Michael W. Higgins, vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity for SHU and the official biographer of Henri Nouwen. “There will be film, music, atmosphere and commentary. The intimacy of the Schine Auditorium will be perfect for this event. It’s going to be a great way to launch this series.”