Paul J. Contino has taught in the Great Books Colloquium at Pepperdine University since 2002. Before that, he taught at Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University. For eleven years, he and his wife Marie served as co-editors of Christianity and Literature. He wrote the introduction to Burton Raffel’s translation of The Divine Comedy, and his essay on Dante and theology is in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. He has published essays on an array of writers — Zhuangzi, Jane Austen, Mikhail Bakhtin, Arthur Miller, Czesław Miłosz, Geoffrey Hill, Andre Dubus, and Alice McDermott. His Commonweal profile of Tobias Wolff won a Catholic Press Association award. His reviews have appeared in America, First Things, and The Christian Century, and his essay on Roman Catholicism is included in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Religion. His book, Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism: Finding Christ among the Karamazovs was published in 2020.
(Largely from earlier descriptions for the conferences)