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Future  Colloquia

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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

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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  

For detailed program, please follow the link:
Flannery O'Connor Among the Philosophers and Theologians

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



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