Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce

BISMARCK, ND — Internationally acclaimed Catholic author and former white supremacist Joseph Pearce is the guest speaker at two upcoming University of Mary events.

Pearce will speak on his conversion experience in the university’s Grounds for Belief series, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, 8 p.m., in Butler Hall, Gary Tharaldson School of Business. He will also deliver a convocation address on “Unlocking The Lord of the Rings” Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m., in Butler Hall.

Pearce is writer-in-residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and director of the college’s Center for Faith and Culture. He 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.

“Most Tolkien scholarship is not informed by the gritty realities of street violence and prison time,” says Dr. Peter Huff, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. “Joseph Pearce occupies an unusual position in the academic world. His first-hand acquaintance with the social conflicts of our time grants great credibility to his handling of the noble ideas that promise a civilization of love.”

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 and editor of its newspaper “The Bulldog,” 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 Catholic Studies and University Ministry. 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.