Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage Events

Fall 2016


September 14
Publication Luncheon (LUC Faculty Only): An informal discussion with Dr. Peter M. Sanchez, Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, on his 2015 book Priest Under Fire: Padre David Rodríguez, the Catholic Church, and El Salvador's Revolutionary Movement. 11:30am - 1:00pm Cuneo Hall, Room 425, Lake Shore Campus. To RSVP, please e-mail HankCenter@luc.edu or call 773 508 3820.


September 21
Symposium: Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good.  In light of the many social ills that have been exposed over the last year and the sometimes-surreal presidential primary season, the Center brings faculty, students, and concerned citizens together to discuss some of the issues facing us today before the election. Please join us for scholarly panels on such issues as migration and immigration, gun culture and gun control, and an evening forum on global security and U.S. policy. 9:00am – 9:00pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


September 21
A Play:  My Dream Act. Co-written by Martha Razo and Cecilie Keenan, My Dream Act is a unique piece of theater told by a young woman - Martha Razo - who has lived all her life as an undocumented citizen of the United States. Through a combination of characters, monologues, music, and dancing, Martha evolves from the frightened child – told by her parents to remain silent or risk losing them – to a young woman who risks everything in hopes of higher education and the realization of her dreams. 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


September 22
Symposium: Citizenship, Public Service, and the Common Good. During the second date of the symposium we will offer a panel on "the state of the State" of Illinois, with various political leaders, both local and national. 9:00am – 5:00pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


September 24
Conference: Instant History: The Postwar Digital Humanities and Their Legacies.  In 1949, Father Roberto Busa, SJ began to collaborate with IBM to build a massive lemmatized concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He established the first humanities computing center in Milan. This turn toward thinking of texts as data to be processed using computers and algorithmic, quantitative methods laid a foundation for digital humanities and electronic textuality. A day-long conference will present the history of natural language processing and digital text processing, systems of textual markup and the creation of digital scholarly editions. 8:45am – 5:00pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


September 29
Catholicism in Dialogue: A Year of Mercy: The Abrahamic Faiths in the Year of Jubilee. The panelists will respond to Pope Francis’ call for action and dialogue during an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. LUC scholars will reflect on the themes of mercy, forgiveness, and solidarity found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  In addition, students will attempt to articulate the ways that acts of mercy contribute to stronger communities and the undermining of mistrust. 3:30pm to 5:30pm, the Sister Jean North Room, Damen Student Center, Lake Shore Campus.


October 12
Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series: A lecture by an American poet and a professor at Boston College Paul Mariani on his book on the poet Wallace Stevens. 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


October 20
Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series: Religious Faith and Modern War: A Literary Journey. A lecture by award winning writer and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Phil Klay. In November 2014, Klay won the National Book Award for fiction for his collection of short stories Redeployment. The judges described it as a "brutal, piercing sometimes darkly funny collection" that "stakes Klay's claim for consideration as the quintessential storyteller of America’s Iraq conflict. 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


October 25
Catholic Q&A (Students Only): Faith and Politics. Candid questions and answers with Dr. Amanda Bryan, Department of Political Science. 7:00pm – 8:30pm,  The Den, Damen Student Center, Lake Shore Campus.


October 26
Faith in Focus Film Series: A Man for all Seasons. A 1966 British biographical drama based on Robert Bolt's play about 16th-century England’s Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More.   Post-screening discussion with Dr. Robert Bucholz from the Department of History. 6:30pm-8:30pm, Damen Student Center Cinema, Lake Shore Campus.


November 3
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ Lecture Series: A lecture on faith and poetry by award winning Irish Poet John Deane. 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Palm Court, Mundelein Center, Lake Shore Campus.


November 10
Lecture: Astronomy and Faith: From Lemaitre's Big Bang to the Jesuit Fathers of the Vatican Observatory. A lecture by Dr. Jonathan Lunine, Professor in the Physical Sciences at Cornell University. 4:00pm-5:00pm, Palm Court, Mundelein Center 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


November 15
Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series: A lecture by Dr. Andrew McKenna linking humanistic and religious traditions to a critical understanding of institutional practices. 3:30pm-5:00pm in McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, Lake Shore Campus.


Faculty Reading Groups: Redeployment by Phil Klay, an American writer and former Marine Offices. Cuneo Hall, Lake Shore Campus. To RSVP please e-mail catheritage@luc.edu or call 773 508 3820.