Center for Faith & Culture
The Center for Faith & Culture was founded in 2012 to promote and interpret the various cultural offerings that Nashville has to offer as well as to host the long-standing Speaker Series. In July 2014, renowned author, lecturer, and teacher Joseph Pearce joined Aquinas College as the center’s Director.
- Shining a Literary Light: Joseph Pearce talks about the Aquinas Award for Fiction and the work of the Center for Faith and Culture (Ignatius Press’ “Novel Thoughts” blog, November 10, 2015)
- Aquinas Award Hopes to Boost Interest in Catholic Literature (Tennessee Register, September 25, 2015)
- National Catholic Register, “Celebrating Catholicism in Nashville: Aquinas College Focuses on Link Between Arts and Faith,” May 31, 2015
Tuesday, May 10
Historic Churches of Nashville Tour, led by art historian and long-time Aquinas instructor Fay Renardson.
The 2nd Annual Shakespeare Celebration
The 2nd Annual Shakespeare Celebration took place on Saturday, April 23, the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The full day of talks and performances featured Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Kevin O’Brien and Theater of the Word, Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, and the drama clubs of St. Cecilia Academy and Father Ryan High School.
The Center also honored Amy Nguyen of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville as winner of the Shakespeare and Christianity High School Essay Contest for her essay “The Malevolent Morality of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” Amy read her paper at the celebration and was presented with her award and $500 check from Homeschool Connections.
The Center would like to thank the Creed and Culture Fund and Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kurek for sponsoring the event.
The Tolkien & Lewis Celebration
The Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee presented the inaugural Tolkien and Lewis Celebration on Saturday, September 19, 2015, a full day of talks and performances on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, two of the twentieth century’s greatest Christian writers. Presenters included EWTN hosts Dale Ahlquist and Kevin O’Brien, Aquinas’ Joseph Pearce, Inklings scholar Jonathan Thorndike, and Lewis scholar Devin Brown. The Center also honored the winners of the Aquinas Award for Fiction and the Tolkien and Lewis High School Essay Contest.