Hans Gustafson is a Ph.D. candidate at Claremont Graduate University and teaches at St. John’s University in Minnesota. He holds Master’s degrees in theology and philosophy and was a Jesuit Volunteer in Alaska.
His paper will be titled Place & Self-hood in the Later Years.
He says, “This paper reflects on Merton’s quest for self-hood and ‘place’ in his late years. During this time he reflects on his ‘place’ in the world and considers a possible geographic move to a new place. This paper seeks to draw connections between this geographical quest and his theological anthropology.”