The Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies Presents “The Nature of Evil as Depicted in Christian Literature” March 15


Immediate: February 1, 2008Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634e-mail:


Garden City, NY  The Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies invites the community to attend its upcoming conference on “The Nature of Evil as Depicted in Christian Literature." Co-sponsored by the New York C.S. Lewis Society, the conference will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Center Building.

“The Nature of Evil as Depicted in Christian Literature” will feature two main presentations. At 11:15 a.m., Dr. James T. Como, Professor in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at York College of the City University of New York, will speak about "Dealing with the Devil: C.S. Lewis and The Screwtape Letters." Dr. Como is the editor and author of numerous books and articles on the work of C.S. Lewis. At 1:15 p.m., Dr. J. Brian Benestad, Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies at the University of Scranton, will speak on the topic of "The Nature of Evil in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King (part three of The Lord of the Rings) and Georges Bernanos's The Diary of a Country Priest. Dr. Benestad, vice-president of The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, is a widely published author in the areas of Catholic social thought, social ethics and moral theology.

Although there is no cost to attend the conference, all attendees are required to register with the NCC Office of Lifelong Learning at One Education Drive, Garden City, New York, 11530 (516.572.7472) and must request a parking permit at that time, which the office will mail out. Those in need of directions should contact the NCC Public Safety Office at 516.572.7100.


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Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where over 21,000 full- and part-time students and 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 65 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.