Lecture tomorrow: Literature and the Moral Life of Children


We're very much looking forward to tomorrow evening's presentation (7:00 pm) on children's literature and the imagination from renowned scholar Dr. Vigen Guroian.

The lecture, Education, Virtue, and the Moral Imagination: How Literature Shapes the Lives of Our Children, is free of charge and open to the public. Dr. Guroian will discuss the challenges today's children face in developing good character and will propose some practical sources of support from timeless children's literature.

Dr. Guroian has authored ten books, including Tending the Heart of Virtue. His work examines such beloved childhood favorites as The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Charlotte’s Web, and The Chronicles of Narnia as morality tales for today’s world. Dr. Guroian investigates these and other stories in the context of the struggle between good and evil, where virtue glimmers with beauty and wickedness is exposed in all its bare ugliness. He argues that these stories, when read properly, are like a looking glass to our own lives, compelling us to face the unvarnished truth about who we are and who we aspire to be.

Dr. Guroian most recently held an appointment as Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia; his other teaching positions have included the chair of Theology and Ethics at Loyola University in Baltimore, director of Academic Affairs at St. Nersess Seminary, and the faculty of St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He is Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion of Emory University, Distinguished Fellow of the John Jay Institute, Permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, among other notable appointments.

The talk will be of interest to parents, educators, and anyone concerned with the moral development of children. Please feel free to invite your friends.