Author and poet James Matthew Wilson to speak at USF

September 4, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – James Matthew Wilson, award-winning scholar of philosophical theology and literature, will speak Sept. 18 at the University of Saint Francis.

Wilson will discuss “Beauty, the Foundation of the West,” as part of the 2019-2020 Annual Alverno Lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Parkview Physicians Group Auditorium, Room 226, inside Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center, 2701 Spring St. The event is free and open to the public.

Engaging faith and culture, this year’s Alverno Lecture will take shape from beauty, one of the three transcendentals, and explore its connection with the six great insights of our Western, Christian-Platonist tradition. Wilson will focus on the meeting of aesthetic and ontological form. Wilson, who has authored many essays on philosophical theology and literature, is especially gifted in the craftsmanship of poetry that discloses the truth about being. He has published eight books, including “The Vision of the Soul” and “Some Permanent Things,” which will be available for purchase after the lecture.

Wilson is an associate professor of religion and literature at Villanova University.

The lecture is sponsored by the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy and Theology. For more information, contact Angie Springer at 260-399-7700, ext. 8100, or email

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.