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6:00 pm The Drama of Grace: Sigrid Undset and the Narrative of Conversion

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1501 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

A lecture by Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP (The Thomistic Institute)

Reception to follow

The third in a three-part series on Christian literature, co-sponsored by the CIC and the Thomistic Institute, entitled "Finding God in the Modern World."


Sigrid Undset is best known for her novel Kristin Lavransdatter, which earned her the Nobel Prize in 1928. Although she is acclaimed for the historical and psychological realism of this portrait of a 14th Norwegian woman, her novels also contain a deeper layer of richness that can only properly be appreciated through a theological lens. In this lecture, Fr. Snyder will present some of Undset’s stories of conversion in light of St. Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of grace. Undset’s writings illustrate to modern readers the beauty of a heart transformed by the God who is ever ancient and ever new.


Fr. Raymund Snyder, OP is the Director of Campus Programs and Evangelization for the Thomistic Institute. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas and studied philosophy and classics at the University of Notre Dame. He entered the Order of Preachers in 2010 and was ordained a priest in 2016. He recently completed a licentiate in philosophy at the Catholic University of America. His academic interests include Metaphysics, Natural Theology, and Neoplatonism.

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Part One: "Large and Startling Figures: Flannery O'Connor's Postmodern Apologetic" by Prof. Frederick C. Bauerschmidt (Loyola University Maryland)

Part Two: "Saved in Hope: The Christian Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis" by Philip Zaleski (Smith College)