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FigureFr. J.F. NugentLecturer Management S. M. HOLLADAY 900 Fleming Bldg. DES MOINES IOWA Rev. Joseph F. Nugent Father Nugent brings to the platform no trickery, no bid for popularity. There is no tragedy there — no studied effects. Instead he brings a strong brain, full of subtle imagery and apt illustration, an intense magnetism, a wonderful personal charm, an all-pervading humor, a surprising simplicity, a commanding appearance, a magnificent voice — after all, a born orator. Oblivious to all but his thought you find he has taken you by the hand and carefully led you to great depths and past many difficulties — so surprisingly easy and simple now — difficulties you never thought you could surmount. He furrows you all over with new brain paths and leaves you in a whirl of new, wholesome thought. Father Nugent is physically and mentally, a giant. Strong of limb and body, his voice is resonant and deep, giving the impression of reserve force. At no time does he ever impress one that he is doing all that he can. And so, mentally, he never struggles for an expression. It is there. He paints pictures with words and holds them up in view. His is an illustrated lecture without a lantern. We want to impress you with the simplicity of his style coupled with the grandeur and depth of his thought, with his vivid word painting and personal charm. He captures everybody, everywhere, everytime. The Bureau. Titles of Father Nugent's Lectures. 1. Philosophy of Civilization. 2. The Lever of Archimedes, (companion to the first lecture). 3. Socrates. (New.) 4. A Life Size Portrait of God. 5. The Lost Confessional, (a Sunday evening lecture). The house was filled with thinking people, who sat entranced with the beauty, eloquence, and music of the lecture. Nothing that I have ever heard uttered from pulpit or platform is so likely to effect the world to its better being as this lecture, delivered by a man whom you instantly recognize as a world-lover.— Davenport (Iowa) Messenger. Father Nugent is a big brained and large-hearted man who brings to the platform a magnetic personality second to that of no public speaker within the memory of this generation. Such men as he are needed in these times to give articulate voice to the aspiration of the people for new and better conditions.— Creston (Iowa) Advertiser. Personal-Press Comment Of Father Nugent and His Lectures. Rev. J. F. Nugent's lecture on the Philosophy of Civilization showed great historical research and familiarity with the classics, which, supplemented by the speaker's splendid power of oratory, made it one of the most interesting lectures to which I ever listened. — GOV. LARRABEE , Iowa. Father Nugent is full of originality. The style is strong and pleasing, virile and logical, with a naive and cheery earnestness that will win any audience. We shall be glad to hear Fr. Nugent again. —P. H. METCALF , Sec'y Lecture Course Committee, Elyria, Ohio. Joseph F. Nugent, the Celebrated Roman Catholic divine, delivered his great lecture, 'The Philosophy of Civilization,' before a large audience at the opera house last evening. Fr. Nugent did not fail to impress every listener with his oratorical and intellectual brilliance. His lecture showed great depth of thought and profound philosophical study. Although he talked for over two hours, interest in his discourse was not lacking at any time. Father Nugent spoke with great ease and in a pleasing manner. The lecture was interspersed with brilliant sallies of wit.— Lansing (Mich.) Journal. The Rev. Father Nugent, of Chicago, entered upon one of the most brilliant lectures ever given from our lecture platform, whose wealth of thought was adorned with a flow of beautiful rhetoric, charming diction and well-modulated delivery, sustained for two hours and unbroken from opening to closing sentence. The subject of his masterly effort was the 'Philosophy of Civilization.'— Fremont, (O.) Daily Messenger. Any man who can hold the attention of an audience for two hours — hold it without tiring — deserves to be called a great orator, and that is what Rev. J. F. Nugent did at Baird's opera house last night. An audience made up of the culture of the city, an audience that had taken nearly every seat before the lecturer came upon the stage, paid tribute to Father Nugent and to the Woman's Lecture Club.— Lansing (Mich.) Republican. Rev. Joseph F. Nugent is one of the most pleasing lecturers I ever listened to. I recall with special emphasis his lecture entitled the 'Philosophy of Civilization,' an address replete with valuable information and presented n a manner to command attention. The comimunity will be favored that can secure Rev. Father Nugent for an address on any subject. — CHIEF JUSTICE GIVEN , Iowa. He is an able speaker and a thinker who disregards all attempts to catch the gallery but who in no sense falls below the high standard set by great platform leaders. — CHAS. B. JAMISON , Gen'l Sec'y Terre Haute Young Men's Christian Association. It was almost nine o'clock when Rev. Fr. Nugent, of Des Moines, began what was for logic, research and profundity far and away the most masterly effort of the season's series. In discussing the civilization of the period the brilliant Catholic prelate drew parallels that sparkled with antitheses and were pregnant with promise for the future. The learning displayed in the effort was dazzling in its extent, and this added to the fine physique of the speaker and his superb voice made up a rare intellectual feast. —Monroe (Mich.) Dem. To say that Father Nugent is one of the foremost orators on the American platform would be to state the matter mildly. The people had been promised an intellectual feast in this lecture and none who heard it could gainsay that it was more than was expected, and the audience that greeted Father Nugent was perhaps the largest ever assembled under the great pavillion. —Wathena (Kans.) Chautauqua. There were many able and brilliant addresses delivered before the late Texas-Colorado Chautauqua, but no one of them is entitled to a higher place than that of Father Nugent. As a speaker Father Nugent is hardly to be surpassed. With a fine figure, a rich, clear voice, and graceful gestures, he is at all times master of his audience. He is an orator by nature, and his mind is of broad philosophical cast.— Denver (Colo) News. Father Nugent in Brooklyn. Des Moines priest complimented for his lecture in Augustus Graham series. The Rev. Father Joseph F Nugent, who delivered the third lecture in the Augustus Graham course Saturday night, comes from Des Moines, Iowa, and has considerable fame as a lecturer in the west. Brilliancy and research were the points chiefly noted in his commendation by the Rev. Father E. W. McCarthy, in an introductory speech, but a Celtic gift of utterance and a peculiar faculty of seizing upon and poetically expressing the analogies in nature seemed the constituent elements of a power which held the rapt attention of an audience for over an hour and a half with an exposition of the wisdom of God as manifested in his work. — Brooklyn Eagle. A chicago Comment: Father Nugent's fame as an eloquent and convincing speaker invariably attracts large crowds to hear him, and his appearance in Chicago has created great interest. Rev. Nugent is a man of magnificent presence, large of stature and with every mark of the student and philosopher. In his speech he is graceful and eloquent; speaking without the least apparent effort. At times, however, an occasional burst of feeling shows him to be capable of rising to the highest pinnacle of oratory and carrying his audience by storm, should he so desire.— Wausau (Wis.) Pilot. Father Nugent spoke on 'A Life Size Portrait of God.' He started in by saying that it was impossible to obtain a life size portrait of God because no man hath at any time seen God, and if we could see Him it would do no good for God is infinite and we finite and could not comprehend Him if we saw Him. He said man had in all ages taken his camera and tried to take a photograph of God, but he had always held the sensitized side of the plate towards himself, full of cruelty, selfishness, greed, and lust and called it God. To get a photo of God the sensitized side of the plate must be turned toward God.— Redfield, S. Dak. Culled from the Mass of Clippings. With what charming ease he lectured! —Norton, Kansas, Champion. He makes no effort to display his ability as an orator. —Madison, S. D., Chautauqua. Father Nugent has well earned the title of 'Iowa's Own Orator.' —Waterloo Chautauqua. His thought covers a wide range—as wide as the world's and as high. He is comprehensive without being 'prosy' and instructive without being tiresome. His lecture last night was eloquent, logical and witty, showed great historical research— Detroit, Mich. Listening to him impresses the listener with the paucity of his own mental sttainments and inspires him with admiration for a great intellect. The Rev. Nugent is a speaker who clothes great truths and convincing arguments in such happy phrases that the hearer is charmed as well as instructed, and while under the spell of his voice one realizes the charm most keenly.— Appleton, Wis., Post. The priest himself, a physical giant, mentally competent, trained by years of study, easily suggested the master of the field of inquiry. First a scholar; next, an observer; and again, a speculator in the domain of thought.
|Title||Fr. J. F. Nugent|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Lecturers|
|Personal Name Subject||Nugent, Joseph F.|
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