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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Publication Luncheons

These informal meetings celebrate a recent publication by a Loyola University Chicago faculty author, exploring its link to Catholic intellectual and artistic thought.

Upcoming Luncheons 

Will be announced soon.

Past Luncheons

Hanging (onto) Words: Language, Religion, and Spirituality in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Informal discussion with Dr. Michael P. Murphy, Director of Catholic Studies Program, LUC, of his essay which was published in the 2012 book Critical Insights: Margaret Atwood.

Invisibilia per visibilia: Roman Nuns, Art Patronage, and the Construction of Identity
Thursday, November 15, 2012 
‌Dr. Dunn is an Associate Professor in the Department of ‌Fine and Performing  Arts and an associate faculty member of the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago.  In her article, Invisibilia per visibilia: Roman Nuns, Art Patronage, and the Construction of Identity,Dunn examines how nuns engaged in art patronage in the churches they could not enter in order to construct identities that both subscribed to monasticism and challenged the constriction on enclosure.

The complete text could be found here.

Reprinted by permission of the Publishers from ‘Invisibilia per visibilia: Roman nuns, art patronage, and the construction of identity’, in Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy edited by Katherine A. McIver (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 181–205. Copyright © 2011 More information from the publisher.

The Universality of a Christian Philosophy
Monday, February 27, 2012

Informal discussion with Dr. Adriaan Peperzak, Department of Philosophy, LUC, on a chapter from his book Thinking about Thinking which searches for the answers to numerous questions such as to what extent philosophy is universal, and in what sense is or should philosophy be universal? Can a philosophy that is compatible with or integrated into Christian faith have a universal meaning? Does Christian faith hinder, stimulate, enrich or diminish the truth or value of philosophies produced by Christians? Crown Center 116, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. By invitation and faculty request.

Interpreting the Theology of Creation: Binary Gender in Catholic Thought
Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:30

Informal discussion with Dr. John McCarthy, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, of his essay in the 2010 book God, Sex, Science, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics, which analyses how faith and science can clarify our understanding of human sexuality, sexual diversity, gender theories and Christian sexual ethics. Crown Center 116, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago. By invitation and faculty request.

Past Publication Luncheons

Publication Luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington

Publication Luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington

Thursday, 6 February 2014
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

By invitation only!

My academic teaching field and, consequently, research has been Japan and East Asia. In 2001 the administration of my religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as BVMs, invited me to research our founder, Mary Frances Clarke. Agreeing to this took me into new territory. I had done research on the French nuns who, in the nineteenth century, were the first Roman Catholic sisters to go to Japan. That project convinced me of the importance of studying the history of women religious in order to expand women's history and history in general, and I think influenced the BVMs to invite me to look more deeply into our own congregation's history.

My current research is titled Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1919-1943. No one has yet written anything specifically covering that period of our congregation's history. Therefore, it is somewhat of an overview of the era when Isabella Kane, followed by Gervase Tuffy, each served as the mother general of the BVM congregation. The work focuses on a variety of issues such as modernism, Americanism, patriotism, and the aftermath of World War I. And it includes outreach to the American Indian youth at the Phoenix American Indian School at the invitation of the Jesuits. I chose Chapter Seven titled "New Frontiers" for discussion. Here, major issues of racism and of culture surface as BVMs moved into Memphis, Tennessee where they taught African American students. Also I explore BVM response to the invitation to work in China.

~ Dr. Ann M. Harrington
LUC Department of History


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