Date(s) - June 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Mark's College
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Sam Rocha is assistant professor of Philosophy of Education at UBC, Pastoral Philosopher-in-Residence at St. Mark’s College, editor of the Patheos Catholic channel, and a local folk musician.
“TELL THEM SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: Essays and Ephermera” is a collection of essays on politics, theology, art and education. Rocha’s essays in “Tell them Something Beautiful” are held together by his signature literary style and integrated philosophical point of view.
Join us for an evening of music and thought! Everyone welcome!
“Sam Rocha does not write to let us know what he thinks; his writing is more human than that. Reading his essays and ephemera, you watch him chisel away at what we have all seen and thought at one time or another in fleeting ways. He chisels — and by reading we chisel — at these things before they get embedded beyond recognition in the stoney disembeddedness that pervades our sensibilities. There is an evident ache at the heart of this kind of writing.”
– Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas
“Sam Rocha’s essays in this always intriguing, informative and entertaining collection represent something new and cutting-edge. Here we have a Tex-Mex Catholic educator-philosopher with more than a little literary and scholarly flare. Rocha’s creativity and imagination together with his ability to find the right word or analogy to make his often surprising points make this book a treat for anyone who cares about the life of the mind as well as the soul in today’s ugly and fear-ridden climate. Read — even on the fly, if you have to — these snappy, crisp essays that never fail to fill the mind and the heart.”
– Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Theology and Latino Studies, Loyola Marymount University
“As the essays, blog posts and talks in this book demonstrate, Sam Rocha is a philosopher/contrarian or contrarian/philosopher for our time. Nimbly shifting from politics to religion to music, race and culture, Tell Them Something Beautiful is a symphony in many movements: lyric and occasionally barbed, but mostly soaring.”
– Kaya Oakes, author of Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church