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Center for Studies of Catholics in the South presents Valerie Sayers Feb. 17

Loyola press release - January 30, 2003

(New Orleans)—Valerie Sayers, professor of English, novelist, and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame, will speak Monday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Audubon Room in the Danna Center. The lecture is “Comic Fiction and Catholicism.” The event is sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Study of Catholics in the South (CSCS) and the Biever Guest Lecture Series. The event is free and the public is invited.

Sayers, a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship winner, appears regularly as a book reviewer for The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post Book World. She is a founder of the Notre Dame Review, a major literary journal. A native of South Carolina, she is the author of five novels set in there including Brain Fever, The Distance Between Us and Who Do You Love. The characters in these novels are all set in the fictional coastal town of Due East, S.C., and provide a snapshot of Due East at different points in time. Many of Sayers’ important characters are Catholic.

The Center for the Study of Catholics in the South (CSCS) is the only Catholic studies center in the nation focusing on religious life in the South. Its mission is to make Loyola's valuable resources on southern Catholicism publicly available and to preserve this collection of knowledge for future generations. The center seeks to deepen the understanding of the experience of American Catholics.

Sponsoring public programs, including lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and electronic publications is also part of the outreach of the center. For additional information, contact David Estes, at 865-2476.

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