Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. in Aquinas College Room 103
Author of the inspirational primer on human dignity, The Power of the Powerless, Chris de Vinck tells the story of his deaf, mute, paralytic brother Oliver and how his seemingly pathetic existence brought positive light and energy into his and hundreds of thousands of lives. It is a story that will wring your emotions through tears of guilt and joy and renew your faith in something greater than yourself.
A graduate of Columbia University with a doctorate in education, de Vinck, a 35-year veteran of high school teaching and administration, is best known as an essayist. His reviews and reviewers give witness to his unique talent and insight. John Updike called his essays “excellent and often moving.” Peggy Noonan wrote that “Chris de Vinck’s real subject is magic. Such magic is there for all to see, but I don’t know of another writer who sees it so wholly, with such consistency, and respect, and sweetness.” And Madeleine L’Engle wrote “I have read his essays with great pleasure. De Vinck’s point of view about life and love and children and teachers is important for the whole world at this time in history.”
De Vinck also gave the keynote closing address at the Pontifical Council for the Family at the Vatican in June 1997. He is pictured below with soon-to-be-saint Pope John Paul II.
For a full listing of lectures from the spring series, please visit the Speaker Series page.