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Upcoming Events Spring 2019 

Through the Lens of Data: The Enslaved Community Owned & Sold by the Maryland Province Jesuits


Friday, February 22nd, 2:00 p.m.
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus

The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities and CCIH are excited to host special guest speaker Sharon Leon of Michigan State University, who will talk about her work on the Jesuit Plantation Project. This event also is the first in a new Jesuit Studies Series being offered by the Hank Center.

This event is free & open to the public. Registration is not required.

About the Jesuit Plantation Project

(Taken from the Jesuit Plantation Project website)
In 1838 Thomas Mulledy, S.J. signed his name to an agreement selling the 275 enslaved persons who resided on Jesuit-owned estates in Southern Maryland to Louisiana. The sale served as the culmination of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus’s fraught experience with slaveholding in the colonial and early national period. While much scholarship has been written on Jesuit slaveholding, that work has primarily focused on the implications of slaveholding for the community, as well as the relevant moral issues. However, no scholar thus far has studied the enslaved communities themselves.

This project focuses on the lives and experiences of the enslaved, rather than on their Jesuit owners. Focusing on the enslaved community itself makes this project ideally suited for digital methods. With an eye to the events and relationships that formed the warp and woof of the daily lives of this enslaved community, Sharon Leon has identified the individual enslaved persons beginning in the 1740s and situated them within their families and larger community. The source base for this work consists of a number of collections related to the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, which are housed at the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University. Many of the key documents are available through the Georgetown Slavery Archive.

In processing and representing this archival research, the project employs linked open data and social network analysis to assess the entire community of enslaved people and their spatio-temporal relationships to one another. This approach allows for both a focus on the distinct individuality of each enslaved person and the ability to zoom out and grasp the community in aggregate, noting trends and changes in their experiences and relationships during their time in Maryland.

Learn more by visiting the Jesuit Plantation Project website


Lured: The Curse of Swans Lured

March 14th-16th, 8:00 PM
Mullady Theatre, Mertz Hall
Lake Shore Campus

The Right Brain Project proudly presents Lured: The Curse of Swans, a play written by Terry Boyle and directed by Becca Holloway. 

Starring Annabella De Meo, Liz Goodson, and Sylvie Sadarnac

Supported by the Hank Center and the College of Arts & Sciences

About the Play

It is the tenth anniversary since Paddy (husband to Grainne and father to Maeve and Deirdre) tragically passed away. His passing, and the circumstances of his death, created a rift in the family. In order to bridge this uncomfortable awkwardness, Grainne has organized a family trip to Ireland. On the eve of the journey, they prepare to reunite after a period of painful separation. While living in the same city, they have managed to drift apart, fearing the intimacy that threatens breaks open old wounds. ASs the evening passes and their impending journey gets closer, shadows of the past begin to haunt them. Caught between the people they once were and the people they have become, each one must decide what is true and what is false. While each of them struggles to be authentic, we begin to see the fallacies they have created in order to protect themselves from the truth.

Admission is free & open to all. No registration required.

Past Events

  • Jesuitical

    In collaboration with America Magazine, the Hank Center proudly presents Jesuitical, a podcast for young Catholics from America Media. Read about the live audience with America's favorite Jesuit, Fr. James Martin.
  • Live from Loyola: George Saunders Radio Hour

    An evening with MacArthur Genius and the Man Booker Prize-winning author, George Saunders. Raised Catholic in Chicago but now also a practicing Tibetan Buddhist, the author has a decidedly individual take on spirituality that informs his fictions.
  • Religious Faith and Modern War: A Literary Journey

    A lecture by Jesuit-educated, award-winning writer and veteran of the US Marine Corps on Redeployment, his collection of "brutal, piercing, sometimes darkly funny" short stories.