Nexus: Conversations on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Nexus is a digital-age journal that amplifies and publishes scholarly dialogue taking place in the Hank Center.

Conversations on the Catholic Imagination

A public voices archive featuring writers, poets, playwrights, and more. Recorded at the 2019 Catholic Imagination Conference.

Highlights of the Third Biennial Catholic Imagination Conference

Poets, novelists, filmmakers, and more gathered at Loyola in September 2019 to reflect on the future of the Catholic literary tradition. Join us in a look back.

  • 'No Kind of Place': Location, Migration, and Imagination

    August 2nd & 3rd
    Zoom Event

    The Hank Center is please once again to cosponsor the International Flannery O'Connor Conference, hosted virtually this year by Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada on August 2-3, 2021 and honoring the 57th anniversary of Flannery's death. The conference will be held via Zoom and will feature 24 presentations, music, film and poetry celebrating O'Connor's life and work, including audio drama of the short story "Revelation"--adapted and set by Karin Coonrod--on the evening of Monday, August 2nd. Registration is FREE.
    This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • VIDEO AVAILABLE | Spirit and the Machine: Catholic Responses to an Increasingly Artificial World

    May 12, 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
    Zoom Forum

    An interdisciplinary conversation with Fr. Phillip Larrey (Pontifical Lateran University), Ann Skeet (Santa Clara University), and John W. Farrell (journalist) on Artificial intelligence (AI), one of the most important technologies in the world today-- but also one rife with serious spiritual, social and ethical questions.
    This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia

    An award winning film by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco, SJ. Production of this film was supported by the Hank Center and it premiered at the 2019 Catholic Imagination Conference. It premiered on PBS American Masters on March 23 (check local listings).
  • Signs of the Times: Context, Contingency, Crisis

    April 23, 2021, 9:00 AM
    Zoom Forum

    This day-long symposium offers reflections on major events and current affairs impacting Catholics, the Church, and the study of theology and ethics today. Featuring current LUC doctoral students and recent graduates. This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • Loyola’s CATH 296 Students Sponsor Virtual Gala for RISE: Refugees In Schools Everywhere

    Thursday, April 22, 2021
    4:00 - 5:15 PM CDT
    Zoom Forum
    All Are Welcome

    This event included:
    Remarks by Ann Strandoo of RISE
    Interviews with student refugees, both here and abroad
    Remarks from Fr. James Martin, SJ
    A performance by the International Orchestra of Refugees (founded and directed by Loyola graduate Sebastian Agignoae)
    An Examen prayer led by Jesuit Scholastics
  • Video Available | War, Peace, and the Catholic Imagination

    March 11, 2021, 4:00 PM CST
    Zoom Forum

    Featuring National Book Award winning novelist Phil Klay and multiple award winning poet Philip Metres discussing how violence, warfare, and oppression are mediated through an imagination that knows the profound failure of such human endeavors. Part of our series of Conversations on the Catholic Imagination.
  • Gema Kloppe-Santamaría Named a 2020 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Distinguished Scholar

    Congratulations to Gema Kloppe-Santamaría, Assistant Professor of History and a past recipient of a Hank Center research grant, on being named a 2020 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Distinguished Scholar for her research project In the Name of Christ: Religious Violence and Its Legitimacy in Mexico (1920-2020). She will be speaking on her research on Wednesday, March 17, at 5:15 PM EDT/ 4:15 CDT.
  • Video Available | Publication Lecture with Deborah E. Kanter: Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

    February 23, 2021, 4:00 PM CST
    Zoom Forum

    Featuring Deborah E. Kanter speaking on themes from her 2020 publication Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican. This event is cosponsored by the History Department. Free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • Video Available | A Canticle for Leibowitz and the Monastic Figure in a Dystopian World

    January 26, 2021
    Avoiding excesses of both pietism and pessimism, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz has an enduring relevance. Join us in conversation about this classic of speculative fiction -- a novel that rhymes with many realities of 21st Century life. Featuring Fr. Stephen Gregg, O. Cist. in dialogue with Katy Carl, Editor in Chief of Dappled Things. Free and open to the public. Registration Required.
  • Spring 2021 Series | Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought

    Spring Semester 2021
    Zoom Forum

    Read more about upcoming and past events in our multi-part series on the forthcoming publication Catholic Higher Education in Light of Catholic Social Thought: Critical-Constructive Essays, edited by Bernard Prusak and Jennifer Reed-Bouley. This series is cosponsored by The Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. These events are free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • NEW VIDEO | Are God's Providence and My White Privilege the Same Thing? With Mara Brecht

    November 19, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    A Students Only Q&A with Mara Brecht, associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at LUC. Students only. All students welcome. Registration Required.
  • Election Round-Up: Results, Reflection, Renewal

    November 5, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    With Molly Andolina, Amanda Bryan, Miguel Diaz, Steven P. Millies, and Bernard Prusak. This Zoom event is free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • Steven P. Millies | "The Gift of Our People": A Fresh Look at Our Faithful Citizenship in a Foreboding Moment

    October 29, 2020, 4:00 PM
    The Hank Center is honored to welcome the fall 2020 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. Fellow in Catholic Studies, Steven P. Millies to offer this year’s lecture. Dr. Millies is associate professor of public theology and director of The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union. Free and open to the public. Registration required.
  • Integral Ecology: A Jesuit Scientist's Perspective
    John Braverman, S.J.

    October 29, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
    McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, LSC

    The Hank Center welcomed 2019 Teilhard Fellow in Catholic Studies, Dr. John Braverman, S.J. This major lecture focused on aspects of eco-theology and spiritualities of sustainability and action. This event was free & open to the public.
  • The Future of Catholicism in America Discussion

    In-depth dialogue on the forthcoming publication The Future of Catholicism in America. Editors Patricia O’Connell Killen & Mark Silk, alongside other scholars, discussed themes explored in the book
  • SPRING 2019: Quo Vadis? Scholars and Journalists Discuss the Future of Catholicism

    Catholicism in America is at a crossroads. What are the hopes and challenges of American Catholics today? Thanks to those who joined our panelists for a conversation on accountability, leadership, participation, and other issues facing the Church in America.