"What Matters to Me and Why," a discussion with Jack Miles

 UCI Office of the Chancellor     Mar 10 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Zoom

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
12:00 p.m. (noon)

Please join us for the 2020-21 “What Matters to Me and Why” discussion!

This presentation by Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies Jack Miles will take place Wednesday, March 10. Miles is a Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy, is most recently the author of God in the Qur’an (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) and Religion As We Know It: An Origin Story (W.W. Norton, 2019). Miles is a writer whose work on religion, politics, and culture has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Commonweal, and many other publications. His book GOD: A Biography won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996. A MacArthur Fellow during the years 2003-2007, he is general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2014-2015). In 2016, during his final year before retirement, Miles won the UCI Distinguished Faculty Research Award, the first humanities professor to do so in twenty-five years.

“What Matters to Me and Why” encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations in the lives of those who shape our university. The series explores personal journeys – choices made, difficulties encountered, commitments formed and joys revealed – with the hope that these stories will help us to understand diverse pathways in life, work and leadership. Such understandings are crucial for fortifying tolerance, strengthening bonds, and supporting the virtues that make UCI a great institution.