Telos Project Discussion Today Features Dr. William Junker of Catholic Studies: 'Why Does Literature Matter?'

Dr. William Junker of Catholic Studies, along with students and other UST faculty, will lead the first spring semester Telos Project open discussion today, Thursday, Feb. 9. Sponsored by the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, the semesterlong series seeks to bring a renewed focus to St. Thomas’ commitment to the pursuit of truth through the integration of knowledge across disciplines.

Meetings take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy (“leather”) Room (108), O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Each week a professor from a different department gives a brief presentation on:

  • His or her discipline.
  • What attracts him or her to that field.
  • Why the larger UST community should care.
Dr. William Junker

Dr. William Junker

Junker’s talk is titled “Why Does Literature Matter?” The meeting will begin with a 15-minute introduction to Junker’s discipline and area of expertise, followed by a discussion and conversation among students and faculty. All students are invited to participate in the dialogue today and every Thursday. Cookies and juice will be provided.

Junker’s primary focus is literary criticism and theory, as well as Renaissance poetry and drama. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dallas, and he completed his master’s in philosophy and English at the University of Notre Dame and Chicago, respectively. His Ph.D. focused on social thought and English, at the University of Chicago. His education is a testament to an integrated university experience.

For more information visit The Telos Project Facebook group or email the Telos Project.