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Theologian Probes the Whole Idea of Boredom
Location: John S. Toll Science Center
CHESTERTOWN, MD—On Thursday, April 15, Washington College will present “How to Be Bored: Thoughts from Literature, Philosophy, and Theology,” a lecture by Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center. It is free and open to the public.
Lombardo will explore shifting cultural attitudes and assumptions about boredom throughout human intellectual history. Drawing on literature, philosophy, and theology, he will discuss what it means to be bored and what makes us bored, and then suggest ways to minimize the world’s aggregate boredom, starting first of all with ourselves.
Lombardo is an Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America. He has presented papers at conferences throughout the world including the annual Christian Ethics conference in Cambridge, England, and the Institute of Warsaw conference in Poland. He has published various books and articles on Thomas Aquinas and other topics, including the forthcoming The Father’s Will: Christ’s Crucifixion and the Goodness of God, due out this year from Oxford University Press.