Joseph Pearce

BISMARCK, ND — Internationally acclaimed Catholic author Joseph Pearce returns to the University of Mary for two guest speaking events.

Pearce will speak in the university’s “Grounds for Belief” series, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 8 p.m., in the Starion Bank Living Room, Lumen Vitae University Center. He will also deliver a convocation address Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business inside Butler Auditorium.

Pearce is editor of the “St. Austin Review” and author of a wide range of bestselling books, including “Tolkien: Man and Myth,” “The Quest for Shakespeare,” and “Unmasking Oscar Wilde.” His autobiography “Race with the Devil” chronicles his conversion from the racism of his youth to a life of Christian service. Today he is a recognized expert on the works of Christian literary giants G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. The appearance of his most recent book, “Heroes of the Catholic Reformation,” coincides with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.

“Joseph Pearce is the master of literary biography,” says Dr. Peter Huff, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. “His explorations into the lives of Catholic leaders during the tumultuous Reformation period shed new light on one of the most important eras in Christian history.”

Joseph Pearce grew up in England and was active in the racial and nationalist battles of the 1970s and ‘80s. A leader in Britain’s National Front “skinhead” movement, Pearce was jailed twice for hate speech. Since his conversion, he has launched a literary career that has led to international lecture tours and numerous appearances on television and radio.

Pearce’s appearances at the University of Mary are co-sponsored by the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and the Convocation Committee. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at 701-355-8295 or umin@umary.edu or Dr. Joseph Stuart at 701-355-8362.