Michael Drout Lecture Focuses on Liberal Arts | Benedictine College

“…and then the Liberal Arts take over everything.”

Lecture By Michael Drout focuses on Intellectual Tradition

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Benedictine College will welcome Michael D.C. Drout, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, for an interesting lecture on Wednesday, March 30. The lecture, “‘...and then the Liberal Arts take over everything:’ Convergence and the Growing Power of our Intellectual Tradition,” is set for 7:00 p.m. in Westerman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Drout is the author of How Tradition Works, Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Drout’s Quick and Easy Old English and edited J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf and the Critics and the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia. One of the founders and a current co-editor of the journal Tolkien Studies, he has published widely on Tolkien, fantasy and science fiction, and medieval studies. He teaches Old and Middle English, Science Fiction and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Supported by three grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Drout has co-developed “lexomic” methods of computer-assisted statistical analysis that have led to discoveries about Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Latin and Modern English texts.

A consultant for The Lord of the Rings On-line MMPORG, Drout has appeared in two History Channel mini-series: Clash of the Gods and True Monsters, and in National Geographic’s Beyond the Movie: The Return of the King. He has recorded a dozen audio courses, one of which, “A Way with Words Part IV: Understanding Poetry,” was a finalist for the 2010 Audie Award for best original work.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.