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The Christian Literary Imagination

Related: The Future of the Humanities Project

Over the course of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, the Future of the Humanities Project sponsored a series of webinars on the Christian literary imagination in collaboration with Campion Hall, Oxford, and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. The Christian Literary Imagination series explored the role and function of the arts and humanities in the development of the individual and society.

The series featured talks by distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic discussing authors or works from Shakespeare to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each speaker aimed to examine the term "the Christian imagination" through a discussion of a particular writer or an aspect of the term. The hour-long virtual events were followed by a Q&A chaired by Professor Michael Scott.

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T. S. Eliot: Christian Spirituality in the West End

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