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Future  Colloquia

Will be announced soon.

Past Colloquia

Music of the Jesuit Missions
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Mission Church

The principal focus of the project is the Jesuit pursuit of musical education during colonial times in Latin America. Researchers will examine the Jesuit missions- reducciones- in Chiquitania, Bolivia. The missions of the Chiquitos are the last remaining Jesuit settlements in Bolivia and are unique because they and their associated culture have survived largely intact.

Newly restored manuscripts from the music archives of Chiquitos and the Cathedral of Durango were discussed and performed in concert as part of this colloquium. Bella Voce and Chicago Arts Orchestra performed a program of Colonial American music from New Spain and the Jesuit Missions of Bolivia.

Restored Jesuits and the American Experience, 1814-2014
Colloquium with John Padberg, S.J.,
Institute of Jesuit Sources

Thursday, October 18, 2012

As the first installment of the three year conference commemorating the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, Padberg provided an introduction to both the Suppression (1773-1814) and the Restoration (1814) of the Jesuits which is necessary for interpreting their activity throughout the 19th century.

Rev. Padberg, S.J. is a renowned authority on the history of the Society of Jesus in the late-modern period; but his now-classic work on the shifting fortunes of Jesuit educational institutions in 19th-century Francefrom reestablishment in 1815 to final suppression in 1880 provides a case study in the European narrative as a backdrop for the American experience.
Watch video from this colloquium.

For a conference overview follow the link:
Restored Jesuits and the American Experience, 1814-2014

Explore possible research possibilities at  Tumbler blog.

The Spirit of Vatican II: Then and Now
Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council

Prominent scholars presented and discussed the living legacy of Vatican II, addressing topics such as ecclesiology, women in the Church, Scripture, and current Council historiography.

For more information follow the link:
CCIH Fall 2012 Colloquium

Sponsored by The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and the President’s Office of Mission and Identity

Revelation and Convergence:
Flannery O'Connor Among the Philosophers and Theologians

October 6-8, 2011

This academic conference brought together Flannery O'Connor scholars and enthusiasts interested in the philosophical and theological influences that shaped her literary imagination.  Presentations focused on particular thinkers upon whom O'Connor drew  directly or figures whose works helped illuminate her artistic vision for readers today.

Sponsored, in part, by: The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage Loyola University Chicago, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences  

Music from the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Music Score 1

Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in South America in 1767, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy that was buried for over two hundred years. But the music did not disappear completely. Tanks to the Chiquitos people of Bolivia, the music was played and preserved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1985, Swiss architect Hans Roth discovered 9,000 of these musical manuscripts and in 1990 UNESCO declared the churches of the Chiquitos a “patrimony of humanity”. Dr. Gustavo Leone of Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine and Performing Arts has painstakingly retrieved and restored four of these incredible manuscripts, preserving a rare and invaluable treasure of the Jesuit and Catholic heritage

Watch video Part I video from this colloquia
Watch video Part II video from this colloquia

Past Colloquia


Did you miss the Hank Center's panel discussion Habemus Papam +1?

HP+1 Videos On Website

The videos of the panel discussion Habemus Papam +1 are now available on the Hank Center's website. They are located in the right hand column of the homepage, and via the links below. Enjoy!

Session I: Pope Francis the Latin American Jesuit
     Dr. Gustavo Morello, S.J. (Department of Sociology, Boston College)
     Dr. Peter Bernardi, S.J. (Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago)

Session II: Francis Among the Theologians & Diplomats
     Rev. Matt Malone, S.J. (America Magazine)
     Prof. Susan Ross (Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago)
     Prof. Miguel Diaz (Department of Theology, University of Dayton)

Keynote Address: Pillars of the Francis Revolution
     Mr. John L Allen, Jr. (The Boston Globe)

Panel Discussion
     Moderated by Mr. Kenneth Woodward

Collectio Avellana Project

Collectio Avellana Project


Back in 1895 and in 1898 Otto Guenther published, in two volumes, his modern edition of the Collectio Avellana – a compilation of 244 imperial, papal, and senatorial letters and documents.1 The earliest piece is a rescript of Valentinian I, dating to the year 368 (describing events in 367), the youngest a letter of Pope Vigilius to Justinian, written on the 14th of May 553 AD. The name “Avellana” was given to it by the Ballerini brothers, after a Vatican manuscript, Vaticanus 4961, which was once held in the library of the monastery of Santa Croce, in Fonte Avellana, Umbria. At first sight it appears as an unorganized heap of texts that apparently have only one thing in common – the majority of these documents are preserved only here. Only very few of the texts have parallels elsewhere.

The Collectio Avellana has never been studied in a systematic way before. This is a new research project, which consists of several parallel routes, amongst which a monograph; a text edition, an English translation of all the 244 documents, accompanied by a historical commentary; and a series of conferences, to provide a platform for the countless issues attached to the Avellana. The first encounter has already taken place in Rome, 1-2 April 2011. Further sessions are to follow in April 2013, and in April 2015. The proceedings of these conferences will be published.

All 244 documents gathered in the Collectio Avellana seem to be dealing with issues of schism and heresy, and the ways in which both imperial and papal authorities approached them. The principal goals of this project are to provide a systematic study of the Collectio Avellanaas a whole, as well as of individual documents, events, and characters, and to contribute to a better understanding of the history of both the Later Roman Empire and the Early Church.1

Follow the link to learn more.

Habemus Papam +1: The First Year of Pope Francis A symposium to mark the first year of Pope Francis's reign

Symposium Habemus Papam +1

Thursday, March 27, from 1:00 pm-5:30 pm

Loyola University Chicago
R. Klarcheck Information Commons, 4th Floor
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

In less than 12 months since his election to the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis has initiated Vatican reforms, personally reached out to the faithful in need of support, and inspired the Catholic faithful—both committed and lapsed. His influence has been felt outside of the Catholic Church through his ecumenical and interreligious dialogues, as well as his public ministry to the marginalized in Rome.

To mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s election, The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is hosting a symposium, Habemus Papam +1: The First Year of Pope Francis. Join us on Thursday, March 27, from 1– 5:30 p.m. for a lively discussion focused on the first year of the Pope’s reign: What has he accomplished? Where do we go from here? What remains to be done?

The Hank Center symposium will feature several prominent speakers in panel sessions:

Session I:  1–1:45 p.m.

Session II:  2–3:30 p.m. (Watch the Video)

Keynote address:  3:45–4:45 p.m. (Watch the Video)

 Panel discussion:  4:45–5:30 p.m. (Watch the Video)

The symposium, which will be held on the 4th floor of the Information Commons on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-508-3820.

Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees

Syria Conference

Monday, 7 April 2014

9:00AM - 6:00PM
Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center
25 E Pearson Street
Water Tower Campus
Loyola Univeristy Chicago

All are welcome to attend!

Throughout Spring 2014, a team of Chicago based partners will be hosting a series of events across the city looking at the current political situation and humanitarian crisis in Syria through the eyes of displaced and refugee civilians. Loyola's Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is taking part in this series with a symposium.

This day-long symposium will look at the current crisis in Syria from the perspectives of policymakers, academics, humanitarian workers, journalists, and students. The symposium will conclude with an outdoor installation of photographic work titled Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys, an accompanying reading by Syrian playwright Riad Ismat, and an installation of ART WORKS Projects' new exhibition The Children of Syria.

Hosted by Loyola University Chicago, ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights, and Northwestern University.

Schedule of Events for Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees

Mark Bosco SJ (Loyola University)

Mandy Terc (Northwestern University)

Keynote: 9:00 – 9:30
A Brief History of Syria
Zouhair Ghazzal (Loyola University)

Morning I: 9:45 – 11:00

The Politics of Refugees and the Need for Intervention

Nabeel Khoury (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
Gunes Murat Tezcur (Loyola University)
Sam Attar (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Moderator: Galya B. Ruffer (Northwestern University)

Morning II: 11:15 – 12:30

The Ethical and Religious Foundations for Intervention

Zaher Sahloul (Syrian American Medical Society)
William French (Loyola University)
Angela Wells (Jesuit Refugee Services, Rome)
Moderator: Mandy Terc

Lunch/Free time: 12:30 – 1:30

Afternoon I: 1:30 – 2:45

The Issues of Refugee Children

Katherine Kaufka Watts (Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children,
Loyola University)
Diane Geraghty (Director, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University)
James Garbarino (Loyola University)
Lina Sergie Attar (President of the Karam Foundation)
Moderator: Leslie Thomas (Executive of ART WORKS Projects)

Afternoon II: 3:00 – 4:45

The Lived Experience: Moving Forward in Refugee Support

Dan Amick (Loyola University Chicago)
Patrick Costanzo (Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago)
Scott Portman (Heartland Alliance)
Recent refugees from Iraq & Africa
Grace Swanson (Loyola Student, interviews with Syrian refugee women)
Moderator: Mark Bosco, S.J.

Final Event: 5:00 – 6:00
Imagining Hope
Welcome: Mark Bosco SJ
The Children of Syria, Leslie Thomas (Art Works Project)
Sanctuary & Sustenance, Angela Wells (Jesuit Refugee Services)
Riad Ismat (Northwestern) introduced by Mandy Terc

Jesuits and Sports: Historical Perspectives and Resources for our Times

Jesuits and Sports: Historical Perspectives and  Resources for our Times

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series Sports

A lecture by Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J. Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University.

Thursday, January 31

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge

Loyola University Chicago

Fr. Kelly's groundbreaking book Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times provides opportunities to discover new insights on the contributions of Catholic thought and its relevance to sports today.

In a review of Fr. Kelly's book, Loyola University Chicago's Athletics Department Head Chaplain  Fr. Stefano del Bove notes the text is like "taking a journey across different historical times and geographical areas all the while reflecting on the role of the Catholic vision of sports in the building of modern European societies and American democracy. In this process we see  the full integration of sports in humanistic education, especially in its eminent version represented by the Jesuit school system. Fr. Kelly  shows just how critical a role the Jesuits played in promoting sports on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean."

Fr. del Bove appreciates Fr. Kelly's project in developing a spirituality of sport by observing that "this research focuses on elements that belong to a common Christian background as well as to specific contributions of the Catholic spirit. Indeed, many interesting pages describe the appreciation of the human being as a complete spirit, body and soul, pitted against the narrow heretical perspectives and theological controversies popularized from the end of the classical age to the rising of the modern age. We learn about the anthropology of St. Thomas and the epistemology of Nicholas of Cusa as important players in the theory of sports." 

Fr. Kelly's work makes a fresh contribution to an exciting field and his lecture will appeal to a broad community--sports fans and scholars alike.

Lecture attendees will have an opportunity to meet the author and purchase the book.

Contact CCIH for more information.

Habemus Papam: Abdication, Conclave, and the Chair of St. Peter

Habemus Papam:  Abdication, Conclave, and the Chair of St. Peter

February 26, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Loyola University Chicago
Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Panel Topics:

Moderated by Dr. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Assistant Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University Chicago
History, Context, and Today's Moment

Dr. Michael Murphy, Director of Catholic Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago
The Papacy of Benedict XVI

Dr. Sandra Sullivan Dunbar, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago
The Challenges Ahead

 Student Voices: 

Event is free and open to faculty, students, staff, and general public.

Contact CCIH for more information.

Music of the Jesuit Missions

Music of the Jesuit Missions

A local church in Chiquitania

Spring Colloquium

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All events are free and open to the public

Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage presents a research colloquium: Music of the Jesuit Missions. This colloquium will explore the history, traditions, and efforts to restore and re-introduce the colonial music of Latin America.

The focus of the project has been to research the Jesuit contribution to music education in nomadic indigenous populations’ communities usually called reducciones. The reducciones were first established by European missionaries in the 16th century. The Jesuits arrived to the continent a few decades later and created slightly different communities: they allowed indigenous people to practice and preserve their traditions while at the same time providing European education, including music composition and performance.

The colloquium will focus on the Jesuit missions in Chiquitania, a region located in Eastern Bolivia. Over the course of 70 years, the Jesuits founded eleven settlements in the region. The missions were self-sufficient, had thriving economies, and were virtually autonomous from the Spanish crown.  They also built churches with a distinct style that combined Indigenous and European architecture and decoration styles. In instructing the people of Chiquitania, these humble Jesuit priests found an effective way to teach both music performance and composition. 

The missions of the Chiquitos, comprised of six towns, are the last remaining Jesuit settlements in Bolivia. Inspired by the idea of the “ideal city,” these settlements preserved their unique life style, architecture, and remarkable musical heritage.  These missions are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

After the Jesuit expulsion in 1767, Chiquitano Indians, the original inhabitants, tried to preserve their musical legacy for two centuries. Nevertheless, many music scores were forgotten or damaged.  Loyola University Chicago professor of music, Dr. Gustavo Leone embarked on a three year project to restore, preserve, and reintroduce to contemporary audiences this invaluable musical heritage. “I was inspired to learn more about music as a tool for evangelization,” Dr. Gustavo Leone explained what motivated him to start the project.

In 2010 he travelled to the missions in Bolivia, where he photographed the scores and spent long hours painstakingly restoring the manuscripts.

Newly restored manuscripts from the music archives of the Chiquitos and the Cathedral of Durango will be discussed and performed in concert as part of the colloquium.




• 10:00 AM -11:00 AM Lecture

Music Archives of Chiquitos: The Restoration of Manuscripts

Dr. Gustavo Leone, Professor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Loyola University Chicago

• 11:00 AM-12:00 AM: Lecture
That’s how Beautiful these Naked  Barbarians Sing
Music of the Jesuit reductions and the narratives of civilization

Dr. Jutta Toelle, Faculty at Institüt Fur Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft, Universität zu Berlin, Humboldt





• 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Lecture,

The Global, the Local, the Stereotyped, and the Imagined: Reviving New Spanish Music

Dr. Drew Edward Davies, Associate Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University, Chicago


Panel Discussion

• 2:00 PM -2:45 PM 

Dr. Gustavo Leone, Professor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Jutta Toelle, Faculty at Institüt Fur Musikwissenschaft und Medienwissenschaft, Universität zu Berlin, Humboldt

Dr. Drew Edward Davies, Associate Professor of Musicology, Northwestern University, Chicago

Dr. Hector Garcia, Professor of Spanish Literature, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Robbert Kendrick, Professor of Music, University of Chicago


Free Concert

3:00 PM -4:00 PM

Madonna della Strada Chapel

Bella Voce, directed by Andrew Lewis

Chicago Arts Orchestra, directed by Javier José Mendoza.


Music of the Jesuit Missions I

Music of the Jesuit Missions II

The challenges of Global Jesuit Education: Responses to Poverty and displacement

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Damen Student Center, MPR-South
All are welcome to attend!

On Wednesday, 13 November 2013, the Hank Center will host a symposium featuring Prof. David Hollenbach, S.J., the University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice and the Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.

Prof. Hollenbach is an internationally renowned scholar whose contributions to the fields of theology and ethics put him at the forefront of Catholic responses to questions of justice and human rights today. Prof. Hollenbach’s lecture will address some of the challenges facing Jesuit global education as it endeavors to respond to poverty and displacement around the world.

The symposium will be held in the Damen Student Center’s Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) South. In addition to Prof. Hollenbach, three faculty members from Loyola will offer their reflections on, and responses to, Prof. Hollenbach’s lecture: Prof. Hille Haker (Department of Theology), Prof. Tisha Rajendra (Department of Theology), and Prof. David Schweickart (Department of Philosophy).

All are invited to attend this event, which is particularly well suited for the academic community here at Loyola University Chicago.

Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014

Crossings and Dwellings

16 October 2014
6:30PM - 9:00PM
Regents Hall, Lewis Towers
Water Tower Campus, LUC

17-18 October 2014
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Regents, Beane, & Simpson Lecture Halls, Lewis Towers
Water Tower Campus, LUC

All are welcome to attend (please see the link to the registration page below)!

From 16-18 October 2014, the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago will host a conference marking the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814. The conference aims at locating works–of both restored Jesuits and their colleagues from women’s religious orders–within the specific experiential context of building an American nation. The stories of these men and women provide studies in what Thomas Tweed has termed Crossing and Dwelling (2006): refugees from European exclusions; transatlantic immigrants; multilingual and transnational identities; settlers in ethnic urban cores; boundary-dwellers in frontier peripheries.

To register for the conference, please click here to be taken to our registration page. Registration is free, but we do request that you register.

For further information on the conference, we recommend the conference blog and the conference tumblr.

Additionally, the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is exhibiting a collection of art and artifacts pertaining to the Crossings and Dwellings conference. Please click here to find information about this exhibit, as well as information on LUMA.

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Mexicans

CCIC: The Mexicans (2014)

Friday, 7 November - Saturday, 8 November 2014
9:00AM - 6:00PM
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

Pre-registration for the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Mexicans has closed. However, if you are still interested in attending this event, we strongly encourage you to do so. There will be a table set up for day-of registration at the conference. Unfortunately, day-of registration does not include lunch, but it will register you for all the lectures and events of the conference.

In November 2014 Loyola University Chicago’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) will launch the second in a series of conferences that focus on the historical, cultural, and religious roles that Roman Catholicism played in sustaining ethnic identity for many immigrant communities who came to Chicago in the 20th century. Each year, the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference (CCIC) will be devoted to an ethnic community, in which Catholic faith and devotional life bolstered cultural/national identity at the same time that the Church’s institutions helped to assimilate that ethnic community into a new city and nation. The 2014 Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference will focus on the the Mexican immigrant community here in Chicago.

The conference will invite scholars from the fields of ethnic studies, urban and cultural history, literature and language, theology, and sociology of religion. At the same time, they will be devoted to celebrating these heritages with the participation of Chicago artists and Catholic religious leaders. While this year's conference will focus on the Mexican community, future CCIC events will focus on the Polish, Lithuanian, Vietnamese, and African communities here in Chicago.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Hinojosa (host of NPR's Latino USA)
Friday, 7 November 2014
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola Univeristy Chicago

Please join us for a Q&A discussion with the award winning host of NPR's Latino USA Maria Hinojosa.

María Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR. She is anchor of her own Emmy Award-winning talk show One on One with Maria Hinojosa from WGBH/La Plaza. Hinojosa has won top honors in US American journalism including four Emmy Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary. She also serves as DePaul University’s Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair.

Pleanary Speaker: Luis Alberto Urrea (author of The Hummingbird's Daughter)
Friday, 7 November 2014
11:15AM - 12:30PM
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres. A critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 13 books, Urrea has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. An historical novel, The Hummingbird's Daughter tells the story of Teresa Urrea, sometimes known as the Saint of Cabora and the Mexican Joan of Arc. The book, which involved 20 years of research and writing, won the Kiriyama Prize in fiction. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, IL, where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


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