Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen

Professional Background:

In his short stories, essays and novels Ron Hansen has, truly, offered a reason for his hope in Christ, and in a way that is both gentle and reverential of the human mystery. For the one who is truly gentle must revere what is human, must look and not look away, and this, he has insisted, is what stories do. Ron has received fellowships from Stanford University, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim foundation, and the award in literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Presently Richard is Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University. 




B.A. from Creighton University

MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Point Of Interest:

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,” St. Peter instructs us, “but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

“The job of fiction writers,” Ron has written, “is to …give their readers the feeling that life has great significance, that something is going on here that matters.” That life has significance, and that what we do matters is the corrective that our society might be seen to need most, for it is not possible to proclaim the Gospel to one for whom life and action are insignificant, for whom nothing matters.

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