Video: "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry

National Association of Scholars

“Living without expectations is hard but, when you can do it, good. Living without hope is harder, and that is bad. You have got to have hope, and you mustn’t shirk it. Love, after all, 'hopeth all things.' But maybe you must learn, and it is hard learning, not to hope out loud, especially for other people. You must not let your hope turn into expectation.”

What makes Hannah Coulter a great American novel? How does Berry draw out the ideas of fidelity and rootedness? Who influenced Berry's writings, and who did his writings influence?

This event features Cliff Barbarick, Associate Professor in the Department of Bible, Mission, and Ministry at Abilene Christian University; Jack Baker, Professor of English at Spring Arbor University; and Jeff Bilbro, Associate Professor of English at Grove City College. The discussion is moderated by John Sailer, a research fellow at the National Association of Scholars.

You can find a list of the speakers' books available for purchase here.

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