Matthew Crawford

Celebrated author and motorcycle mechanic Matthew Crawford will deliver this year’s Slater Maguire Lecture at Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church on Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. Crawford is an American writer and research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

His published works include The World Beyond Your Head: Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (FSG, 2015) and Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (Penguin, 2009). He is a contributing editor at The New Atlantis. Crawford’s lecture is entitled “Attention as a Cultural Problem and the Possibility of Education.”

More than 20 years ago, Crawford left a job at a prestigious think-tank to pursue work as a motorcycle repairman. This experience inspired Shop Class as Soulcraft, which argues for the value of physical work, apprenticeship and focused training as a means of becoming a true self fully engaged with the world.

In a review of The World Beyond Your Head, writer Sarah Bakewell writes that Crawford “can be persuasive, entertaining — and sometimes disturbing… Like Heidegger… he gradually reveals himself to be one of those anti-Enlightenment thinkers who shrink from the notion of freewheeling urban individualism in order to pursue a kind of profundity in tradition, with its insistence on craftsmanship, care, authenticity and a deference to what is.”

Crawford will be guest of honour at a public discussion following the Sunday evening service at Saint Margaret’s on Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m., where he’ll be invited to respond to a sermon delivered by Kurt Armstrong.


Event is free of charge.