Award-winning writer and scholar James Carroll presented one of his widely acclaimed lectures, "No War is Holy: Saying No to God-sanctioned Violence," as the special guest of the inaugural Max and Marian Farash Community Lecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.
Carroll, a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University in Boston and a columnist for The Boston Globe, lectures throughout the country and world about the subjects of religion, society, and history.
A noted scholar, Carroll has an extensive list of acclaimed published works, including "Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World," which illuminates the far-reaching influences and connections amongst Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Carroll's works also include "An American Requiem," which won the National Book Award; The New York Times bestselling "Constantine's Sword," which now is an acclaimed documentary; and "House of War," winner of the first PEN-Galbraith Award. In 2012, he contributed to one of two introductions to "Vatican II: The Essential Texts."
Carroll received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from St. Paul's College, the Paulist Fathers' seminary in Washington, D.C. In 1969, Carroll was ordained to the Catholic priesthood. He served as a Boston University Catholic Chaplain from 1969 to 1974. He became a writer after leaving the priesthood in the 1970s.