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Loyola University Museum of Art

Art Illuminating the Spirit

Adult Programs

Lecture Series

A series of lectures complements traveling exhibitions and the permanent collection. Local, national, and international scholars speak at the Museum to enlighten visitors on current historical, theological, and art scholarship.

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Tea with the Jesuits

In 2011, LUMA initiated a program called Tea with the Jesuits to introduce our audience to Jesuit intellectuals from across the United States. While listening to the lecture, people enjoy tea and pastries. Past topics have included “Catholic Chaplains to the British Forces in World War I,” “To Walk with People: Parish Life in Peru,” and “What Are the Skies Telling Us?”

FALL 2014:

Crossings and Dwellings: A Closer Look at the Exhibition
Friday, September 12, 3:00 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Crossings and Dwellings transports visitors to a time when the Midwest was the epicenter of transatlantic exchange. Flemish-, French-, and German-speaking Jesuits and women religious emigrated from Europe to help settle new urban immigrant communities. At the same time, they looked westward and engaged indigenous peoples. Stephen Schloesser, S.J., professor of history and curator of the exhibition, will take us on a visual journey through the 19th and 20th centuries in Saint Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, and parts Indian Country in the Midwest, Upper West, and Northwest, as seen through the eyes of the Jesuits, BVMs, and RSCJs.

The Ignatian Charism of Pope Francis
Friday, October 24, 3:00 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Although he is widely admired for his Franciscan commitment to the poor and simplicity of personal style, Pope Francis cannot be adequately understood separate from his Jesuit training and worldview. His emphasis on sensitive adaptation to “persons, places, and circumstances,” his critique of structural sin in today’s economy, his recognition that a Church “turned in on itself” through fear, ambition, and self-seeking is in a state of desolation, and his promotion of ”discernment of spirits” in the ongoing renewal of the Church are all hallmarks of the Society’s contemporary mission. In coming to better understand Francis’s message, Mark Andrews, S.J., will discuss how we ourselves can feel empowered to become agents of Gospel joy and transformation.

Immersion Education in Belize: Pedagogical Opportunities in Ecology and Spirituality
Friday, November 7, 3:00 p.m.
Free with museum admission

Stephen Mitten, S.J., from Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability will focus on sustainability issues and educational pedagogy as it pertains to conservation of the earth’s biodiversity. Fr. Mitten outlines the course objectives, experiential learning activities, challenges and benefits that students gain who participate in new short-term study abroad courses in Belize over J-Term or during spring break. These students explore the natural wonders of tropical ecosystems while discovering how what they do in Chicago affects the lives and natural resources of a developing country like Belize.

Docent Program

The docent program is staffed by committed volunteers who serve as LUMA’s ambassadors, educators, and interpreters. Their six-month training period consists of an intensive course on the permanent collection and touring techniques. Docent-in-Training classes are held annually beginning each September. After training is successfully completed, docents commit two days a month to LUMA: one for continuing education and one for tours.

Public Tours

Public tours lasting 45 minutes are conducted every Tuesday through Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. Special tours must be booked with at least one month’s notice. To schedule a special tour, please contact the education department at lumaeducation@luc.edu or 312.915.7604.

The Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture

The Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture contains over 2,000 non-circulating books and periodicals on general art history and architecture; the permanent collection; the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods; and past, current, and future LUMA exhibitions; as well as general reference books, religious texts, and auction catalogues.


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