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Future  Colloquia

Will be announced soon.

Past Colloquia

Music of the Jesuit Missions
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Mission Church

The principal focus of the project is the Jesuit pursuit of musical education during colonial times in Latin America. Researchers will examine the Jesuit missions- reducciones- in Chiquitania, Bolivia. The missions of the Chiquitos are the last remaining Jesuit settlements in Bolivia and are unique because they and their associated culture have survived largely intact.

Newly restored manuscripts from the music archives of Chiquitos and the Cathedral of Durango were discussed and performed in concert as part of this colloquium. Bella Voce and Chicago Arts Orchestra performed a program of Colonial American music from New Spain and the Jesuit Missions of Bolivia.

Restored Jesuits and the American Experience, 1814-2014
Colloquium with John Padberg, S.J.,
Institute of Jesuit Sources

Thursday, October 18, 2012

As the first installment of the three year conference commemorating the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814, Padberg provided an introduction to both the Suppression (1773-1814) and the Restoration (1814) of the Jesuits which is necessary for interpreting their activity throughout the 19th century.

Rev. Padberg, S.J. is a renowned authority on the history of the Society of Jesus in the late-modern period; but his now-classic work on the shifting fortunes of Jesuit educational institutions in 19th-century Francefrom reestablishment in 1815 to final suppression in 1880 provides a case study in the European narrative as a backdrop for the American experience.
Watch video from this colloquium.

For a conference overview follow the link:
Restored Jesuits and the American Experience, 1814-2014

Explore possible research possibilities at  Tumbler blog.

The Spirit of Vatican II: Then and Now
Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Colloquium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council

Prominent scholars presented and discussed the living legacy of Vatican II, addressing topics such as ecclesiology, women in the Church, Scripture, and current Council historiography.

For more information follow the link:
CCIH Fall 2012 Colloquium

Sponsored by The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage and the President’s Office of Mission and Identity

Revelation and Convergence:
Flannery O'Connor Among the Philosophers and Theologians

October 6-8, 2011

This academic conference brought together Flannery O'Connor scholars and enthusiasts interested in the philosophical and theological influences that shaped her literary imagination.  Presentations focused on particular thinkers upon whom O'Connor drew  directly or figures whose works helped illuminate her artistic vision for readers today.

Sponsored, in part, by: The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage Loyola University Chicago, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences  

Music from the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Music Score 1

Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in South America in 1767, leaving behind a remarkable musical legacy that was buried for over two hundred years. But the music did not disappear completely. Tanks to the Chiquitos people of Bolivia, the music was played and preserved throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 1985, Swiss architect Hans Roth discovered 9,000 of these musical manuscripts and in 1990 UNESCO declared the churches of the Chiquitos a “patrimony of humanity”. Dr. Gustavo Leone of Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine and Performing Arts has painstakingly retrieved and restored four of these incredible manuscripts, preserving a rare and invaluable treasure of the Jesuit and Catholic heritage

Watch video Part I video from this colloquia
Watch video Part II video from this colloquia

Past Colloquia


Collectio Avellana Project

Collectio Avellana Project


Back in 1895 and in 1898 Otto Guenther published, in two volumes, his modern edition of the Collectio Avellana – a compilation of 244 imperial, papal, and senatorial letters and documents.1 The earliest piece is a rescript of Valentinian I, dating to the year 368 (describing events in 367), the youngest a letter of Pope Vigilius to Justinian, written on the 14th of May 553 AD. The name “Avellana” was given to it by the Ballerini brothers, after a Vatican manuscript, Vaticanus 4961, which was once held in the library of the monastery of Santa Croce, in Fonte Avellana, Umbria. At first sight it appears as an unorganized heap of texts that apparently have only one thing in common – the majority of these documents are preserved only here. Only very few of the texts have parallels elsewhere.

The Collectio Avellana has never been studied in a systematic way before. This is a new research project, which consists of several parallel routes, amongst which a monograph; a text edition, an English translation of all the 244 documents, accompanied by a historical commentary; and a series of conferences, to provide a platform for the countless issues attached to the Avellana. The first encounter has already taken place in Rome, 1-2 April 2011. Further sessions are to follow in April 2013, and in April 2015. The proceedings of these conferences will be published.

All 244 documents gathered in the Collectio Avellana seem to be dealing with issues of schism and heresy, and the ways in which both imperial and papal authorities approached them. The principal goals of this project are to provide a systematic study of the Collectio Avellanaas a whole, as well as of individual documents, events, and characters, and to contribute to a better understanding of the history of both the Later Roman Empire and the Early Church.1

Follow the link to learn more.

Habemus Papam +1: The First Year of Pope Francis A symposium to mark the first year of Pope Francis's reign

Symposium Habemus Papam +1

Thursday, March 27, from 1:00 pm-5:30 pm

Loyola University Chicago
R. Klarcheck Information Commons, 4th Floor
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

In less than 12 months since his election to the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis has initiated Vatican reforms, personally reached out to the faithful in need of support, and inspired the Catholic faithful—both committed and lapsed. His influence has been felt outside of the Catholic Church through his ecumenical and interreligious dialogues, as well as his public ministry to the marginalized in Rome.

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?

The Hank Center symposium will feature several prominent speakers in panel sessions:

Session I:  1–1:45 p.m.

Session II:  2–3:30 p.m. (Watch the Video)

Keynote address:  3:45–4:45 p.m. (Watch the Video)

 Panel discussion:  4:45–5:30 p.m. (Watch the Video)

The symposium, which will be held on the 4th floor of the Information Commons on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 773-508-3820.

Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees

Syria Conference

Monday, 7 April 2014

9:00AM - 6:00PM
Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center
25 E Pearson Street
Water Tower Campus
Loyola Univeristy Chicago

All are welcome to attend!

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.

This day-long symposium will look at the current crisis in Syria from the perspectives of policymakers, academics, humanitarian workers, journalists, and students. The symposium will conclude with an outdoor installation of photographic work titled Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys, an accompanying reading by Syrian playwright Riad Ismat, and an installation of ART WORKS Projects' new exhibition The Children of Syria.

Hosted by Loyola University Chicago, ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights, and Northwestern University.

Schedule of Events for Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees

Mark Bosco SJ (Loyola University)

Mandy Terc (Northwestern University)

Keynote: 9:00 – 9:30
A Brief History of Syria
Zouhair Ghazzal (Loyola University)

Morning I: 9:45 – 11:00

The Politics of Refugees and the Need for Intervention

Nabeel Khoury (Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
Gunes Murat Tezcur (Loyola University)
Sam Attar (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Moderator: Galya B. Ruffer (Northwestern University)

Morning II: 11:15 – 12:30

The Ethical and Religious Foundations for Intervention

Zaher Sahloul (Syrian American Medical Society)
William French (Loyola University)
Angela Wells (Jesuit Refugee Services, Rome)
Moderator: Mandy Terc

Lunch/Free time: 12:30 – 1:30

Afternoon I: 1:30 – 2:45

The Issues of Refugee Children

Katherine Kaufka Watts (Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children,
Loyola University)
Diane Geraghty (Director, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University)
James Garbarino (Loyola University)
Lina Sergie Attar (President of the Karam Foundation)
Moderator: Leslie Thomas (Executive of ART WORKS Projects)

Afternoon II: 3:00 – 4:45

The Lived Experience: Moving Forward in Refugee Support

Dan Amick (Loyola University Chicago)
Patrick Costanzo (Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago)
Scott Portman (Heartland Alliance)
Recent refugees from Iraq & Africa
Grace Swanson (Loyola Student, interviews with Syrian refugee women)
Moderator: Mark Bosco, S.J.

Final Event: 5:00 – 6:00
Imagining Hope
Welcome: Mark Bosco SJ
The Children of Syria, Leslie Thomas (Art Works Project)
Sanctuary & Sustenance, Angela Wells (Jesuit Refugee Services)
Riad Ismat (Northwestern) introduced by Mandy Terc


The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
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