Aquinas names noted British author to lead Center for Faith and Culture

Former far-right group member has penned 20+ books

Aquinas College announced today it has named noted British author and lecturer Joseph Pearce director of its Center for Faith and Culture and the institution’s first writer-in-residence, effective in July.

Pearce (pictured) is internationally known in some circles for his prolific writing and for his one-time membership in the far-right National Front, a whites-only group that opposes a multicultural England. (Read more about his story here). He has long since repudiated his former views, most recently doing so in the 2013 book Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love

In a release, Aquinas officials described Pearce’s appointment as one that “reflects the implementation of [the college’s] new strategic plan for growth and advancement in all aspects of [its] role as a leader in Catholic higher education.” The growth plan (read more here) will include new facilities, expanded academic offerings and increased student life and spiritual life programs.

Pearce most recently served as writer-in-residence and visiting fellow at the Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. He is a frequent guest and host on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network).

“Joseph Pearce brings to Aquinas College a wide expertise in the areas of literary biography, literary criticism, and Christian writers, as well as a passion for the integration of faith and culture,” Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, dean of the Aquinas College School of Arts and Sciences, said in the release.

The author of 21 books, Pearce has written about various literary figures including William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Hillarie Belloc, Oscar Wilde and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He was awarded the prestigious John C. Pollock Award for Christian biography for his book on Solzhenitsyn. In addition to the aforementioned 2013 work, his most recent books include Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013) and Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning in the Hobbit (2012). His next book, Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature, & Culture, will be published in June.

Pearce is the editor of the St. Austin Review and series editor for the Ignatius Critical Editions published by Ignatius Press. He serves as executive director of "Catholic Courses" online and has served as editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press.  He has also held the position of  writer-in-residence and associate professor of literature at Ave Maria University.

“The Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College serves to promote Catholic and Christian culture through embracing what is good, knowing what is true, and celebrating what is beautiful in all forms of human expression,” Pearce said in the release.