SHU’s Michael W. Higgins Speaks About Henri Nouwen on CBC Radio’s “Ideas” with Paul Kennedy

News Story: January 23, 2013
Michael W. Higgins

Professor Michael W. Higgins, SHU’s vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity, wrote and presented a three-part CBC Ideas series on Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen. The series aired January 9, 16, and 23, 2013, on CBC Radio 1, across North America on Sirius Satellite and was made available worldwide at www.cbc.ca.

Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, professor, author and gay celibate has been called a psychologist of the soul. Born in Holland in 1932, Nouwen wrote 39 books about spirituality and education, spirituality and social justice and spirituality and art that have been published in more than 30 languages. Nouwen continuously worked with people whom society tends to reject, spending the last 10 years of his life helping those who were mentally challenged. Nouwen was a professor at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard before moving on to minister at L’Arche.

Higgins, the official Nouwen biographer, profiles this quintessential post-modern spiritual quester who died in 1996. He draws on Nouwen’s writings, interviews with those who knew him and archival recordings to assess his continuing legacy in contemporary spirituality. Higgins also lectured on this topic last fall during the University’s Second Annual Henri Nouwen Lecture on Contemporary Spirituality.

The series was accompanied by the book, Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen (2012) by Michael W. Higgins and Kevin Burns. Published in Canada by Novalis Press (ISBN 978-0-8091-4785-4) and in the US by Paulist Press (ISBN 978-0-89646-472-2). Available through bookstores and your local public library.

To listen to the series, visit these CBC Radio links:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3