Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. – Gabriel García Márquez

Uncompromising dedication to his work and Catholic faith, combined with an unprecedented creativity and courage to experiment with the voice and rhythm of poetry. They’re the qualities that come to mind when we think of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Thanks to the generous support of the Schubert family, John Carroll University is able to celebrate Hopkins’s spirit of creative innovation by inviting a well-respected international scholar to share his or her work with our English students.

The Hopkins Seminar is limited to 20 select English majors, and since its inception in 1998 has featured topics such as Irish, Scottish, and South-African literatures. This prestigious position has been held by Willy Maley, University of Glasgow; Duncan Wu, University of Oxford; Oliver Plunkett Rafferty, S.J., Marynooth, Ireland; David Attwell, University of Witwaterssand, South Africa; and Matthew Pateman, University of Hull. In Spring 2005, the Hopkins program featured the theater group, Actors from the London Stage, as they performed Shakespeare’s Othello and conducted a series of dramatic workshops with students.

Each visiting scholar, writer, and artist embodies Hopkins’s dedication and commitment to literary excellence — and serves as proof of the English department’s dedication to ensuring that students receive thorough, valuable knowledge of the discipline’s most compelling subjects.