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Faculty Reading Group Spring 2018: Tenth of December by George Saunders

FIRST MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Monday, Feb. 5th, 9:30AM to 11:00AM
Group B: Monday, Feb. 26th, 9:30AM to 11:00AM
 
SECOND MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 2:00 PM to 3:30PM
Group B: Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 2:00PM to 3:30PM

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is pleased to announce our Faculty Reading Group for this upcoming semester. The Spring 2018 reading group is dedicated to acclaimed contemporary American author, George Saunders and his collection of short stories, titled Tenth of December (2013). Saunders practices a kind of hybridized Catholicism, and this award winning collection is an excellent text that inspires reflections about faith, justice, culture, and politics. We will also take a brief look at his Man-Booker prize winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, as well as an essay or two. George Saunders will be visiting Loyola on March 1st in an event-packed day and you will likely have a chance to meet him. 

All faculty are invited to join.

Faculty Reading Group Fall 2017: Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

 

FIRST MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Monday, Oct. 2nd, 10:00AM to 11:30PM
Group B: Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, 2:00PM to 3:30PM

SECOND MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Monday, Oct. 23rd, 10:00AM to 11:30PM
Group B: Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2:00PM to 3:30PM

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is pleased to announce our Faculty Reading Group for this upcoming semester. The Fall 2017 reading group will be dedicated to the seminal work Orthodoxy, and the mysteries of Fr. Brown, from English journalist, novelist, short story writer, cartoonist, Catholic apologist, and social activist, G.K. Chesterton. This group will explore what this strange and singular 20th century British writer knows about faith and culture, and what he can teach contemporary readers. His work has been revitalized over the past few years, signaling to audiences the wisdom and timelessness found in his witty and prophetic voice. His work looks to explore and find Orthodoxy in a climate of heterodoxy.

All faculty are invited to join.

Spring 2017 Faculty Reading Group: Silence by Shūsaku Endō

Faculty Reading Group Spring 2017 [Shūsaku Endō]

FIRST MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Monday, Jan. 30th, 10:00AM to 11:30PM
Group B: Tuesday, Jan. 31st, 2:00PM to 3:30PM
 
SECOND MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Monday, Feb. 30th, 10:00AM to 11:30PM
Group B: Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 2:00PM to 3:30PM

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage is pleased to announce our Faculty Reading Group for this upcoming semester. The Spring 2017 reading group is dedicated to Japanese author, Shūsaku Endō's novel Silence. Published in 1966 and in translated into English in 1969, the novel tells the story of a Jesuit missionary of the 17th century who endures persecution in the time of the "hidden Christians." Endo, a Japanese Catholic, explores the theme of a silent God in the midst of adversity. Martin Scorsese read the novel in 1989 and his film was just released. The story brings to light the horrific persecution of Christians under the Japanese shogunates of 17th century Japan. Told through the perspective of a Jesuit priest, it follows his struggle between martyrdom and apostasy. The Hank Center has decided to make Silence our Faculty Reading Club selection this semester. 

All faculty are invited to join.

Faculty Reading Group Fall 2016: Redeployment by Phil Klay

Faculty Reading Group Fall 2016 Phil Klay

FIRST MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Tuesday, October 4th, 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Group B: Wednesday, October 5th, 1:30PM to 3:00PM

SECOND MEETING (Cuneo Hall, Room 425)
Group A: Tuesday, October 18th, 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Group B: Wednesday, October 19th, 1:30PM to 3:00PM

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) is pleased to organize our new Faculty Reading Group for this coming spring semester.  Whether reading classics from the Catholic literary heritage or new works by contemporary authors, the CCIH gives Loyola faculty an opportunity for a collegial gathering to read and discuss texts that resonate with the Catholic imagination.  

The fall 2016 reading group is dedicated to the 2014 National Book Award winner, Phil Klay’s short story collection Redeployment. This multiple-award winning work is being hailed as a modern classic in the tradition of war writing. Klay’s collection takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understanding what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt, and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

We will read Klay’s stunning debut collection which shows the devastation that comes with the two world a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss. With hard-eyed emotional realism and astonishing emotional depth, we will examine the work that has marked Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Phil Klay will join us on campus on October 20th for a lecture and conversation entitled "Religious Faith and Modern War."

Spring 2016 Faculty Reading Group: Lit by Mary Karr

Faculty Reading Group Spring 2016 [Mary Karr]

FIRST MEETING
Group A: Tuesday, February 16th, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group B: Wednesday, February 17th, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reading: Part 1 & Part 2, pages 1-160

SECOND MEETING
Group A: Tuesday, March 1st, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Group B: Wednesday, March 2nd, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reading: Part 3 & Part 4, pages 163-386

This reading group is open to Loyola University Chicago faculty from all campuses. Please contact HankCenter@luc.edu with any inquiries.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) is pleased to organize our new Faculty Reading Group for this coming spring semester. Whether reading classics from the Catholic literary heritage or new works by contemporary authors, CCIH gives Loyola faculty an opportunity for a collegial gathering to read and discuss texts that resonate with the Catholic imagination.

The spring 2016 reading group is dedicated to poet and memoirist Mary Karr. Born and raised in west Texas, Karr rose to fame with her memoir series, The Liars’ Club (1995), Cherry (2000) and Lit (2009). Her poetry, too, has won acclaim, especially her volume, Sinners Welcome (2006). Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

We will read together Karr’s third memoir Lit. In this work, Karr recounts the details of her alcoholism during her adulthood and her surprising conversion to Catholicism during her recovery. While her previous memoirs are a coming-of-age narrative, Lit is a humorous account of adulthood, motherhood, and encountering God. All meetings will all take place in the Hank Center's conference room (Cuneo Hall, 425)

Mary Karr will also deliver the Hank Center's annual Cardinal Newman Lecture on March 2. More information on this event coming soon!

Past Faculty Reading Groups

Past Faculty Reading Groups

Fall 2015
Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago

Spring 2015
Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins

Fall 2014
Luis Alberto Urrea, The Hummingbird's Daughter

Spring 2014
John L'Heureux, The Shrine of Altamira

Fall 2013
Tony Ardizzone, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu

Spring 2013
Edwin O'Connor, The Edge of Sadness

Fall 2012
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Babette's FeastSorrow-Acre, and The Deluge at Norderney

Spring 2012
Graham Greene, The Power and The Glory & Monsignor Quixote 

Fall 2011
Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor 

Spring 2011
Catholic Poets from XIX to XXI Century 
Francis Thompson, Oscar Wilde, Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Gbriela Mistral, Antonnio Machado, Jessica Powers, John O'Donohue, Denise Levertov, and Mary Karr 

Fall 2010
William T. Cavanaugh, The Myth of Religious Violence 

Summer 2010
Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

Spring 2010
Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future

Fall 2009
Mary Gordon, Pearl

Summer 2009
Muriel Spark, Momento Mori

Spring 2009
Eugene O’Neill, Desire Under the ElmsMourning Becomes Electra, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Fall 2008
David Lodge, Souls and Bodies

Summer 2008
Shusako Endo, Silence 

Spring 2008
G.K. Chesterton, The Blue Cross 
J.F. Powers, Death of a Favorite 
Muriel Spark, The Black Madonna 
Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur, Pied Beauty, Spring and Fall, Carrion Comfort

Fall 2007
Shusaku Endo, Mothers 
Denise Levertov, Mass for The Day of St. Thomas Didymus 
Mary Gordon, The Deacon 
Mary Karr, poem series "Descending Theology"

Summer 2007
François Mauriac, Vipers' Tangle

Spring 2007
Andre Dubus, A Father's Story 
Flannery O'Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First 
Annie Dillard, An Expedition to the Pole 
Walker Percy, excerpts from Lost in the Cosmos