Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


The Edward L. Surtz, S.J. Lecture

Founded in 1973, the Surtz lecture promotes interdisciplinary and trans-historical humanistic inquiry in the university today. This annual endowed lecture honors the memory and scholarship of Edward L. Surtz, S.J., a beloved member of the Loyola faculty and distinguished scholar of early modern literature and renaissance humanism, best known for his work on the writings of Thomas More.  

The McElroy Shakespeare Celebration

Loyola University Chicago's Departments of English and Theatre annually host The McElroy Shakespeare Celebration, an annual event founded in 1992, to memorialize the late Professor Bernie McElroy. Melding literary study and theatrical interpretation of William Shakespeare's dramatic works, the event includes an address by a visiting speaker and scenes performed by local actors and Loyola students.