DSPT Fellow Ron Austin will host a conversation on American popular culture based on reflections on Romano Guardini’s prescient and still-germane analysis in his 1950 work The End of the Modern World. It is noteworthy that both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis are considered Guardini's intellectual disciples. In fact, Pope Francis cites Guardini's The End of the Modern World many times in his most recent 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’.
DSPT Fellow Ron Austin has been a writer and producer in Hollywood for over fifty years, and is the author of “In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts” (2006) and “Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico” (2010). His essays on the relationship of faith and the media arts are in the anthologies “Behind the Screen” and “Things of Heaven and Earth”, and his autobiographical account of Christian-Jewish relationships in Hollywood, “Star Crossed”, was published by Eerdmans.
Ron is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and of the Directors Guild. A former member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, he is the recipient of a Guild award for lifetime achievement on behalf of writers and the Hollywood community. In addition to his writing and producing credits, Ron worked as an actor in theater productions under the direction of Charlie Chaplin.