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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage


About the Center

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage exists to help faculty and students recognize and research Roman Catholic thought and its link to all academic disciplines in the university. It also seeks to convey that thought to other audiences inside and outside Loyola University Chicago.

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Dr. Michael Murphy receives USGA Faculty Member of the Year Award

The Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award, sponsored by the Unified Student Government Association (USGA) and the Maroon & Gold Society, recognizes the extraordinary contributions and quality service of a faculty or staff member in his/her role in fulfilling the mission of Loyola University Chicago, particularly by improving the life of the Loyola student body. This award is the only award given solely by the Loyola student population to a faculty or staff member. It seeks to honor those individuals who have supported and guided students in their personal and leadership development during the past academic year.

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

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. Enjoy!

The 2014 Hank Center Living Tradition Award Honors Dr. Marcel Fredericks

Every year, the Hank Center presents the Living Tradition Award to a Loyola University Chicago emeritus faculty member who exemplified the integration of Catholic thought into their work, research, and teaching. The 2014 Living Tradition Award honors Dr. Marcel Fredericks from Loyola's Department of Sociology. Dr. Fredericks has made his remarks for the Living Tradition Award ceremony available on the Hank Center's website - click on this story to access the remarks.

Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees

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.

US Catholic Blog Post on Hank Center's Panel Discussion Habemus Papam+1

See what Loyola alum Caitlyn Schmid wrote about the Hank Center's recent panel discussion commemorating, and reflecting upon, the first year of Pope Francis.

Catholicism, Global Development and the Professional Life

Panel discussion Catholicism, Global Development, and the Professional Life – explores the intersection of Catholicism, global development, and the professions through a shared engagement with economist and writer Robert Calderisi’s recent book Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development. Event takes place on Wednesday, April 2, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 at Beane Hall, Lewis Tower, 820 N. Michigan Ave.

The 2014 John Courtney Murray, SJ Forum: Disposable Culture and Our World Today

This first-ever student-run event provides undergraduates with an opportunity to share ideas, engage in debate and discussion, and grow in both knowledge and compassion by delving deeply into the topic of throw-away culture as it relates to life in 2014.

Habemus Papam+1: Symposium to mark first year of Pope Francis

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?

Faith in Focus Film Series: The Third Miracle (1999)

A priest finds his faith tested when he's assigned to investigate a possible case of divine intervention.

Crowdsourcing the Collections: Introducing the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project

Dr. Kyle Roberts (Assistant Professor, Department of History) and Joshua Arens (M.A. Candidate, Department of History) have recently posted a piece on the Religion in American History blog, which recounts the progression of their efforts to recreate the bibliographic world of Catholic higher education.

Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J. - Director of the Hank Center - is featured in the Chicago Sun-Times

"Shake-ups at the Vatican will reverberate this year within the Archdiocese of Chicago, where the next leader will play a major role in helping Pope Francis shape the future direction of the U.S. Catholic church, home to more than 75 million followers..."

Catholicism in the Arts Series: Richard Austin

The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is fortunate to be able to bring to campus the noted English actor and performer Richard Austin. Austin’s specialty is the performance of poetry, especially the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Widely acclaimed as “the finest performer of Hopkins’ poetry today,” Austin will contribute to the Hank Center’s annual forum on Catholicism and the Arts by giving a public lecture on “Poetry as Prayer” and then staging his one-man show “Back to Beauty’s Giver."

The 2013/14 Cardinal Newman Lecture Series: Gregory Wolfe

For its second Cardinal Newman Lecture this spring, the Hank Center invites writer, teacher, publisher, and editor Gregory Wolfe to speak about his journey of faith in the Catholic Church.

Lunch with LUMA: Edward Gorey: The Cautionary Tale and Unlikely Redemption

Pamela Ambrose, Loyola's Director of Cultural Affairs will discuss the work of author and illustrator Edward Gorey and the current LUMA exhibitions Elegant Enigmas: the Art of Edward Gorey, organized by the Edward Gorey Trust, and G is for Gorey-C for Chicago: the Collection of Thomas Michalak.

Publication Luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington

Publication luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington to talk about her recent book 'Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1919-1943.'

Jesuit Libraries Project: Final Research Symposium

Over the course of the Fall 2013 semester, graduate students from Loyola’s Digital Humanities, History, and Public History Programs each reconstructed a segment of Loyola’s original library catalogue (c.1878) in an innovative virtual library system.

Faculty Reading Group 2014

The Spring 2014 Faculty Reading group will read The Shrine at Altamira by John L'Heureux. Sign-up by January 27 by e-mailing catheritage@luc.eud or calling 773 508 3820.

Collectio Avellana Project

The Collectio Avellana is a compilation of 244 imperial, papal, and senatorial letters and documents. The goals of this project are to provide a systematic study of the Collectio Avellanaas a whole, as well as of individual documents, events, and to contribute to a better understanding of the history of both the Later Roman Empire and the Early Church.

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