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Cavanaugh Public Lecture: Hanging out with Augustine of Hippo

Released: 10/30/2007

The fifth of the Cavanaugh Public Lectures sponsored by LSU Alexandria Arts, English & Humanities will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Writer and translator William Griffin brings the genius of fifth-century philosopher, saint and church father, Augustine of Hippo, to life.

Considered a critical figure in the development of Western Christianity and the author of the first autobiography, the lecture will focus on Augustine’s personal life which included womanizing tendencies, a high-maintenance mother and high anxiety.

Griffin has been an editor at Harcourt, Macmillan, and Publishers Weekly and written three biographies including one on C. S. Lewis, three novels, numerous plays and translations of Latin spiritual classics. Currently, Griffin is the president of the local theatre group, Spectral Sisters.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

The public lecture was recently renamed the Cavanaugh Public Lectures to honor former Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh’s contributions to advancing Arts and Humanities in Central Louisiana.

For more information, contact Richard Collins at or 473-6581.