Award-winning writer and scholar James Carroll will present one of his widely acclaimed lectures, “No War is Holy: Saying No to God-sanctioned Violence,” as the special guest of the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, Feb. 11.
Carroll, a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University in Boston and a columnist for The Boston Globe, lectures throughout the country and world about the subjects of religion, society, and history. His upcoming lecture at HWS, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
“James Carroll is a celebrated author and esteemed scholar who has written extensively about religion, particularly discussing issues at the intersection of power and war,” says HWS Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski. “Carroll is an important public intellectual and a gifted lecturer. He is an outstanding choice for the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture at the Colleges.”
The lecture is made possible by the generous support of a grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Rochester that values the importance of education and entrepreneurship and has deep consideration for religious and civic communities. The foundation provides grants to nonprofits in Monroe and Ontario counties, half of which are for projects and programs with ties to Jewish life.
A noted scholar, Carroll has an extensive list of acclaimed published works, including “Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World,” which illuminates the far-reaching influences and connections amongst Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Carroll’s works also include “An American Requiem,” which won the National Book Award; The New York Times bestselling “Constantine’s Sword,” which now is an acclaimed documentary; and “House of War,” winner of the first PEN-Galbraith Award. In 2012, he contributed to one of two introductions to “Vatican II: The Essential Texts.”
“Carroll’s visit to the Colleges will be an outstanding opportunity for engagement from students and faculty, as well as the community,” Dobkowski says. “Carroll is a great communicator not only through his writing, but also through his presentations and focused discussion.”
Carroll received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, D.C. In 1969, Carroll was ordained to the Catholic priesthood. He served as a Boston University Catholic Chaplain from 1969 to 1974. He became a writer after leaving the priesthood in the 1970s.
The inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture is part of a collaborative effort at the Colleges amongst the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, the Religious Life Office, the Religious Studies Department, and the Office of the President. The Abbe Center for Jewish Life provides an environment for people of Jewish faith or with Jewish interests to gather and socialize, and to celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, often in collaboration with local and regional organizations, regularly hosts special programming and invites guest lecturers to campus. In addition, the Colleges have offered numerous lectures by distinguished invited speakers through its President’s Forum Series, which was established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan.