2011 News Articles
‘Grumbling’ award-winning author, editor

‘Grumbling’ award-winning author, editor speaks as part of visiting scholar series
September 14, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois ~ Brian Doyle, award-winning author, essayist and editor of the University of Portland's Portland Magazine, will lecture at Benedictine University on October 12 and 13 as part of Benedictine University's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought" lecture series.

Doyle, who describes himdoyle, brianself as a "hirsute, shambling, shuffling, mumbling, grumbling, muttering, muddled, maundering, meandering male being," has authored several award-winning books and essays, including the novel "Mink River," which won the 2010 American Library Association's Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion and The American Scholar.

Portland Magazine, which he edits, has been hailed as the best university magazine in America by Newsweek and "the best spiritual magazine in the country" by author Annie Dillard.

Doyle will present two lectures in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall) during his visit to Benedictine University.

He will present "The Seething Wild Creativity of American Catholic Writing" at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, and "An Afternoon of Stories about Hawks, Grace, Elk, Ale, Hilarity, the Dalai Lama, the Madonna, Boots, Tears, Basketball and Other Crucial Shards of Holiness" at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 13.

The "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought" series heightens awareness and appreciation of the distinctive contributions the Catholic intellectual tradition has made and continues to make to all branches of knowledge and creativity. The lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Ph.D., at rgeorge-tvrtkovic@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.