Marvel vs. Jane Austen: Making Heroes Who Will Sustain the World (Rather than Just Save It)



Hobbiton, Narnia, Anniera, Hogwarts...the most beloved fictional places are never seen for long before being overshadowed by fire and death from which they must be saved. But in a time when home, roots, and meaning are now the exception, perhaps we need more than glimpses of the good life in our stories. Drawing from Jane Austen, Amor Towles, Martin Scorsese, and other storytellers (and engaging ideas like Rod Dreher's Benedict Option), this workshop will explore how tales can help us create (not merely protect) lives, places, and communities characterized by a redeemed imagination. (And answer the question: why are truly good characters so often boring?)


Director, The Anselm Society

Brian founded the Anselm Society in 2013. He developed a love of Gothic architecture at Princeton University, and a love of Jane Austen while sneaking out of bed to watch his parents' movies from the hallway at age five. He has spent over a decade in the nonprofit sector helping organizations grow, and nearly a decade in Colorado Springs, which he has eventually grown proud to call home. Every good picture of him was taken by Lancia Smith. He and his wife Christina share their appreciation for beauty with their two small children, Edmund and Edith.

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