Book discussion series continues with Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael”
The “Reading Christian Classics” book discussion series will continue Thursday, Nov. 29 with Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit.” All members of the Salve Regina community, along with friends of the University, are invited to participate.
Ishmael, a gorilla rescued from a traveling show, has learned to reason and communicate. Through a series of philosophical conversations with the unnamed narrator, a disillusioned Sixties idealist, Ishmael lays out a theory of what has gone wrong with human civilization and how to correct it, a theory based on the tenet that humanity belongs to the planet rather than vice versa.
The series will continue throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, and participants are welcome to attend as many sessions as they wish. The remaining schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, Feb. 28 – “Saint Francis of Assisi” by G.K. Chesterton
- Thursday, March 28 – “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Connor
- Thursday, April 25 – “Martin Luther: A Life” by Martin Marty
Discussions will be held in the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will last about one hour. Each participant should furnish his or her copy of the book, read it prior to the session and come willing to share interpretations or comments.
“Reading Christian Classics” is co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life. For more information, contact Dr. Lois Eveleth, professor of philosophy, at (401) 341-3170.