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Catholic Press Association Award-winning Author to Present Lawler Lecture

Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., will give the 16th annual Creighton University Lawler Lecture at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Harper Center ballroom. His lecture titled, “A Short Voyage for a God: The Grace of Creative Writing,” is free and open to the public.

Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies and director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut where he joined the faculty in 1981. Lakeland teaches courses on ecclesiology, religion and culture, and religion and literature.

He has published 35 scholarly articles and nine books, two of which won awards from the Catholic Press Association. “The Liberation of the Laity” won the 2004 award for Best Book in Theology and “Catholicism at the Crossroads” won third place in the social concerns category in 2008.

Lakeland holds a Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, a master’s in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University.

The Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies was established at Fairfield in June 2004, as a result of gifts of various donors in honor of the retiring president, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Lakeland is the first holder of this position.

The Lawler Lecture series is made possible through an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ray F. Kiefer, III, both graduates of Creighton University and is also partly funded by the Creighton Center for Catholic Thought. The series is named to honor Michael G. Lawler, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology.