Lecture examines works of Percy

first_imgDr. John O’Callaghan, associate professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, discussed the life and literature of author Walker Percy in a lecture Tuesday. The talk was part of the Catholic Culture Literature Series: Strangers in a Strange Land, run by the Center for Ethics and Culture. The four-part series centers around four Catholic-American authors and the contributions they have made to Catholic literature. A recurrent theme in Percy’s works was his feeling that many people knew “how to be in the world and not of it,” O’Callaghan said. Percy’s own childhood was quite traumatic, and it is surprising he was able to step outside this viewpoint, he said. Born in southern Alabama, Percy did not convert to Catholicism until his adult years. At the age of 12, his father committed suicide and not long after, he lost his mother in a car accident, O’Callaghan said. He said these events had a profound affect on Percy and influenced many of his writings. He is well known for works such as “The Moviegoer” and “The Thanatos Syndrome.” O’Callaghan discussed the fact that this Catholic author touches on many subjects, including racism and class. Percy’s moral sense is visible in his outrage “at the cross burning of a Roman Catholic Archbishop of New Orleans who said that segregation was a sin,” Callaghan said. Percy goes farther as to criticize the stoicism of many of his friends and relatives who allowed this to occur, he said. O’Callaghan said this portrayal of ethical strength caused him to reflect on his own education in a Catholic school, questioning why he never read Percy as a part of his curriculum. He said one friend told him Catholic schooling was “all about works and little about faith,” which caused him to ask, “are we any better now?” It is clear after this lecture that whatever Percy was discussing, it was always done with comedy, O’Callaghan said. He said he had a “characteristic humor sly beyond belief,” which gave him a “more universal appeal than just another southern writer.” Callaghan said faith is not something that can be made up, but must be experienced. “We do not produce religious experience,” O’Callaghan said. “[The] sacred comes to us as a kind of message.”last_img read more

Amba Etta-Tawo earns 1st-team All-ACC honors from ACSMA; 3 Syracuse players named to 3rd team

first_imgSyracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo was named to the first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Monday. Linebacker Zaire Franklin, specialist Brisly Estime and punter Sterling Hofrichter earned third team honors while wide receiver Ervin Philips and linebacker Parris Bennett were honorable mentions.Etta-Tawo, a graduate transfer from Maryland, had a record-setting year in his first and only with the Orange under Dino Babers’ new offense. He finished the year with 94 receptions (first in program history) for 1,482 yards (first in program history) and 14 touchdowns (tied for first in program history). Etta-Tawo currently ranks second in yards in the NCAA. His receptions and yards totals are both tops for Power 5 receivers currently. Honorable mention ?— Ervin Philips (@Ambition1_) November 28, 2016 AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFranklin finished the year with 101 tackles (second on the team) and 10 tackles for a loss (best on the team). Estime’s average of 17.7 yards per punt return is the best in the country. Though he never returned one for a score, he did have a long of 74 yards. Hofrichter’s 42.7 yards per punt are fourth-best in the conference and his 77 punts are fourth-most in the nation. He hit 23 kicks more than 50 yards and 24 pinned inside the 20.Philips missed the third team by one point. He is third in the conference with 7.5 receptions per game and sixth with 68.5 receiving yards per game. Philips and Etta-Tawo became the first pair of teammates in ACC history to finish with 90 catches in a season. Bennett led the Orange with 110 tackles and three forced fumbles. He ranks third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.2). Commentscenter_img Published on November 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more