Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

The Edward L. Surtz, S.J. Lecture

FR. EDWARD L. SURTZ, S.J. (1909–1973)

The Surtz 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. 

Direct questions to Ian Cornelius

Past Surtz Lecturers

Emily Wilson. “Translating the Odyssey: How and Why.” April 10, 2018.

Ato Quayson. “Victims of Enchantment: Space and the Education of Desire in Postcolonial Tragedy.” March 20, 2017.

W.J.T. Mitchell “Salvaging Israel/Palestine: Art, Collaboration, and the Binational State.” March 16, 2016.

N. Katherine Hayles. Lecture. October 15th, 2014.

Brad S. Gregory. “Buying In: The Reformation Era and the Makings of Modern Consumerism.” October 22nd, 2013.

Maggie Kast. “Dance of the Sacred.” October 5, 2011. 

William T. Cavanaugh. “The Myth of Religious Violence.” October 7, 2010.

Mary Gordon. "Reading Jesus." November 3, 2009.

Michael McKeon. “Religious Liberty in Seventeenth-Century England: A Case Study in Secularization.” October 21, 2008. 

Carlos M. N. Eire. Lecture. September 2004.

Michael Walzer. “The Triumph of Just War Theory (and the Dangers of Success).” October 8, 2002.

David Freedberg. “Pathos at Oraibi: What Warburg Did Not See.” October 18, 2001.

Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS. “Understanding the Universe.” November 2, 2000.

Jean Bethke Elstain. “Should We Hope: Cultural Renewal at the Millennium.” November 2, 1999.

Kathleen Norris. “Incarnational Language: A Writer’s Witness.” November 3, 1998.

Francis C. Oakley. “Popes and Councils: England and the Latin Church’s Constitutionalist Moment.” October 28, 1997.

Richard Rodriguez. “The Curious Indian: Thoughts about Conversion in the Americas." October 22, 1996.

Giuseppe F. Mazzotta. “The Circle of Love: Angelo Poliziano’s Orpheus.” November 1, 1995.

Kenneth L. Woodward. “The Feminization of American Religion.” October 25, 1994.

Joseph A. Fitzmayer, S.J. “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Discovery and Controversy.” October 28, 1993.

Cyprian Davis, OSB “Black Catholics and the Arts in America.” November 11, 1992.

John Guy. “Thomas More and the Opposition to Henry VIII.” November 6, 1991.

Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt. “Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel: the Conservation and Cleansing of the Frescoes.” November 13, 1990.

Marvin Rosenberg. “The Many Faces of Hamlet.” October 26, 1989 (canceled because of the California earthquake).

James McConica. “The Divine Word and the Humanist Ideal: Then and Now.” November 17, 1988.

Monika K. Hellwig. “Theology among the Humanities: What Really is Theology?” October 29, 1987.

Jeroslav Pelikan. “The Reformation and the Writing of History.” November 11, 1986.

Quentin Lauer, S.J. “When the French Dream, Think of Tomorrow, and Pray: Faith and Popular Culture in Contemporary France.” October 23, 1984.

James Hennesey, S.J. “Religious Liberty in Colonial Maryland: Pragmatism or Principle?” November 1, 1983.

Albert C. Outler. “The Second Vatican Council in Perspective.” November 8, 1982.

John T. Noonan, Jr. “The Bribery of Francis Bacon.” October 28, 1981.

Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. “In His Image: Significant Moments in the History of an Idea.” October 29, 1980.

Louis L. Martz. “Thomas More: The Public Image and the Private Man.” November 7, 1979.

Brian Tierney. “Religion and Western Constitutional Thought, 1150-1650.” November 9, 1978.

Avery Dulles, S.J. “Revelation and Symbol–the Mythic Dimension of Religious Truth.” November 2, 1977.