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November 1, 2PM, EST
About the speaker: Rowan Williams was born in South Wales and studied theology at Cambridge. After research at Oxford in Russian religious thought, he was ordained and worked in the Church and the university for several years before becoming Bishop of Monmouth in 1992 and Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He resigned as Archbishop in 2012 to become Master
of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Chair of the development charity, Christian Aid. He retired from Cambridge in 2020, and now lives in Wales. He has written a large number of books on theology and several collections of poetry; his book Grace and Necessity contains a discussion of David Jones, and he is Honorary President of the David Jones Society.
About David Jones: David Jones (1895-1974) was a British modernist poet and artist of distinction. T. S. Eliot (Jones’s publisher at Faber and Faber) considered Jones to be of the same literary generation as himself and other important modernists such as James Joyce, and Ezra Pound. Jones’ work engages critically with layers of history, and a desire to preserve cultural heritage rather than see it dissipated. His wrote two major long poems, In Parenthesis (1937) informed by his experience as a soldier in World War I, and The Anathemata (1952) a work that W. H. Auden considered one of the major poems of the 20th century. Jones was also known for watercolor painting and printmaking, and his art is represented in many public and private collections including the Tate Gallery in London and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. In recent years the David Jones scholarly community has grown as younger scholars have discovered the richness and relevancy of Jones’s writings, artworks, and cultural theories. Given Jones’ interest in multiple aspects of culture and faith, a research center focused on his work is an excellent fit for the interdisciplinary curricular focus of the WAU Honors College.
About the David Jones Research Center: The David Jones Research Center (DJRC), housed in the Washington Adventist University Honors College, was established in 2018 to promote original research on the artist and poet David Jones, and to foster emerging scholars in the field. It holds annual research seminars and hosts lectures and other events to promote greater awareness of David Jones and modernist art, literature, and culture. For more information, please visit the DJRC website ( or email ([email protected]).
Questions and requests for further information can be obtained by email: [email protected]