Center for Faith & Culture

Center for Faith & Culture


The mission of the Aquinas Center for Faith & Culture is to serve as a catalyst for the revival and renewal of Catholic life and culture in the twenty-first century. Its aim is to encourage and promote Catholic literature, art, music and film as a means of evangelizing the modern world through the invigoration of a vibrant Catholic Revival. Its activities include a speaker series at Aquinas College, partnership with St. Augustine’s Press to publish the St. Austin Review, pilgrimages to England, and plans to launch the Aquinas Awards for the arts.

About the 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.

Joseph PearceThe author of over twenty books, Mr. Pearce has written on a wide variety of literary figures including William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Oscar Wilde, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was awarded the prestigious John C. Pollock Award for Christian biography for his book on Solzhenitsyn. His most recent books include Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning in the Hobbit (2012). His much anticipated book, Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature, & Culture, will be published in June of 2014.

In addition, Mr. Pearce is the editor of the St. Austin Review and series editor for the Ignatius Critical Editions published by Ignatius Press. He serves as Executive Director of “Catholic Courses” online and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Sapientia Press. He has also held the position of “Writer-in-Residence“ and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University and “Writer-in-Residence” and Visiting Fellow at the Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire.

Mr. Pearce is a widely sought after speaker of international reputation, and speaks regularly on the subjects of Shakespeare, Tolkien, Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Catholic education, and the intersection of faith, the arts and culture. Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes that “Joseph Pearce brings to Aquinas College a wide expertise in the areas of literary biography, literary criticism, and Christian writers, as well as a passion for the integration of faith and culture.”

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