The Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative will host a book discussion featuring Professor Steven T. Collis, Director of the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Law and Religion Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, author of the recently published The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-inspiring Rescue (Shadow Mountain, 2021),which tells the story of four military chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of fellow passengers on the S.S. Dorchester after a Nazi U-boat torpedoed it. Told in an engrossing non-fiction narrative, the book alternates between accounts told from the perspective of the Nazi U-boat captain and his crew, as found in their journals and later interviews, and the men of the American convoy, and reflects on the role of religion in the United States at wartime.
Watch a trailer for Collis’ book below.
Steven T. Collis is a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, founding director of the school's religious freedom clinic, and founding faculty director of Texas's Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center. He received an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the author of Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom to Live Their Beliefs.
Books will be available for purchase, and a Chipotle lunch will be provided.