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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage


Communicating Roman Catholic Thought


Issues panels are audience participation events featuring speakers and panelists who address a current social topic connected to concerns within the Catholic intellectual heritage. Other programs include Faculty Publication Luncheons, a Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters and The Cardinal Newman lecture series, a day-long colloquiums, and panel discussions. 

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series

The Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters lecture series offers four public lectures on an important Catholic thinker or topic directly linked to a concern within the Catholic intellectual heritage. Two lectures are given each semester, one by an established scholar outside Loyola University and one by a Loyola University scholar. Contact the Center for information on upcoming lectures.

The Cardinal Newman Lecture Series

The Cardinal Newman Lecture Series is named after the great 19th century English prelate who wrote so movingly about his intellectual journey toward Roman Catholicism in his spiritual autobiography, Apologia pro vita sua (1864). Newman's work helped later generations of Catholics and Catholic converts map out ways to understand the datum of religious faith in light of the contemporary issues facing modern life. Honoring this engagement with the Catholic tradition, CCIH will invite scholars to recount their own discovery (or rediscovery) of the Catholic intellectual heritage in light of their ongoing scholarship.


Each semester, the CCIH Colloquia program offers a day-long scholarly presentation and discussion of a topic pertinent to the Catholic intellectual heritage.

Questione Disputate Panels

In the tradition of the medieval Catholic university, CCIH offers Quaestiones Disputatae Panels each semester where resident or visiting faculty address "disputed questions" connected to Catholic thought in any field of academic research or public life. 

Intercampus Conversations

To encourage greater contact between faculty at Loyola's three campuses, CCIH also offers an Intercampus Conversations Program where faculty from one campus speak and lead discussion with faculty from other campuses on a current issue touching Catholic life or thought.


The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
Loyola University Chicago · Lake Shore Campus: 1032 West Sheridan Road · Cuneo Hall, Room 428 · Chicago, Illinois 60660 · Tel: 773.508.3820 · Fax: 773.508.3829

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