garry-willsPulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and historian Garry Wills, who has been at Candler this semester as a distinguished visiting professor in the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture, will deliver his second and final McDonald Lecture, “Living with Saint Augustine,” on Wednesday, December 3 at 11:00 a.m. in room 252 of the Rita Anne Rollins Building. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Those who register by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25 will receive a boxed lunch. Register here.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Wills is professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Throughout his five-decade career, he has written extensively on politics, religion and culture, penning nearly 50 books on subjects as wide-ranging as Nixon, St. Augustine, the papacy, and the modern presidency. His 1993 book Lincoln at Gettysburg won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, and he was awarded the National Medal for the Humanities in 1998.

Wills was born in Atlanta and grew up in Michigan and Wisconsin. He received a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1957, a master of arts in philosophy from Xavier University in 1958, and a PhD in classics from Yale University in 1961.  

During his tenure in the McDonald Chair, Wills also delivered a Sept. 18 lecture on government and the arts, and is teaching a course entitled “Augustine on the Trinity.” Watch Wills’ September McDonald Lecture via iTunes U.

About the McDonald Chair

The Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture is supported by gifts from the McDonald Agape Foundation, chaired by Alonzo L. McDonald, a longtime trustee of Emory University. The McDonald Agape Foundation “supports lectures and other public presentations that deal creatively and imaginatively with the person and teachings of Jesus as they shape and form culture.”

Recipients are given a distinguished visiting professorship, in which they speak and teach in the focused area of Jesus’ effect on culture and conversely, culture’s shaping of the figure of Jesus.

Past McDonald chair lecturers include Judge John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; composer Alice Parker; art historian Herbert Kessler; historian and documentary filmmaker Randall Balmer; author James Carroll; and Episcopal priest and bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor, among others.