Patrick Powers was educated at Assumption College and the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland), and received a Ph.D. in Government and Political Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. As the Director of the Fides et Ratio Seminars at the Faith and Reason Institute, he oversees a series of summer seminars for Catholic college, university, and seminary faculty from around the United States. During his distinguished teaching and administrative career at Assumption College, the University of Notre Dame, and Magdalen College, Dr. Powers received awards and fellowships from the Bradley and Earhart Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. An experienced professor of philosophy, political thought, literature, and the Great Books generally, his academic interests are truly catholic, ranging from the twentieth century novels of Mauriac, Greene, Percy, Faulkner and Endo to the philosophical dialogues of St. Augustine and Plato, and from Greek epic and tragedy to Shakespeare’s dramas and the modern Russian novels of Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn and others.