Shoulder & Shovelwork: Dead Poets and Eschatologies


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

[Please note: the Hesburgh Center Auditorium is not inside the Hesburgh Library. The Hesburgh Center for International Studies is located across Notre Dame Avenue from the Eck Visitors Center (view on a campus map here).]

Author and poet Thomas Lynch will present the annual Hibernian Lecture. His lecture will center around the poetry and recent deaths of Dennis O'Driscoll and Seamus Heaney.

Lynch, a funeral director, is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays. His work has been the subject of two film documentaries: PBS Frontline's The Undertaking (2007) and Learning Gravity (aka the Undertaking) (2008). 

He has taught with the Department of Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, with the graduate program in writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. He is a charter member of the faculty of the Bear River Writers Conference at Walloon Lake in Michigan.  

Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, the New York Times, the New Yorker,Poetry, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. Learn more at

This is event is being hosted by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism: