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2017 Baum Lecture: Mary Robinson

Can business help create a just world?

An international panel of speakers explored the intersection of business and social justice at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business.

Leading French economist Gaël Giraud, S.J., was the featured speaker on a panel with Monsignor Michael M. Boland, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Chicago, and Michael Schuck, professor of theology at Loyola.

"From Black-Belt Sinner to Sweet Baby Jesus"

The Hank Center's 2016 Cardinal Newman Lecture was delivered by the poet and memoirist Mary Karr. Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University and a prolific writer within the genres of memoir and poetry. Her memoirs include The Liars' Club (1995), Cherry (2000), and Lit (2009), and her books of poetry include Viper Rum (2001) and Sinners Welcome (2006). Karr was the recipient of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 1995 (for The Liars' Club) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.

The Cardinal Newman Lecture Series is named after the great 19th century English prelate who wrote very movingly about his intellectual journey toward Roman Catholicism in his spiritual autobiography, Apologia pro vita sua (1864). Newman's work helped later generations of Catholics and Catholic converts map out ways to understand the datum of religious faith in light of the contemporary issues facing modern life.

Honoring this engagement with the Catholic tradition, the Hank Center has invited Karr to speak about her own conversion to the Catholic faith in light of her own ongoing scholarship.

To learn more about Mary Karr and her literary (and musical!) works, please visit her website: http://www.marykarr.com/bio.php

Pope Francis's Moral Message: Care for the Environment, Care for the Poor

Loyola University Chicago Chancellor Rev. Michael Garanzini, S.J. leads a panel discussion on Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, in which the Pope challenges the whole human family to work together "to seek a sustainable and integral development."

The discussion touches on not only environmental affairs, but economics, and the family, and how these dimensions of "our common home" are addressed in law.

A Morning of Reflection and Conversation with Fr. Orobator

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., September 26, 2015, discusses his experience as a Jesuit. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Project.

Fr. Orobator is the former Jesuit provincial for the East African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, and North Sudan.  Originally from Nigeria, he teaches theology and religious studies at Hekima College, Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mark Kennedy Shriver: A Contemplative in Action

Loyola University Chicago’s Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage welcomes Mark Kennedy Shriver, PhD, as part of its annual “Catholic Thought and the Professional Life” series to open a conversation about the role of Catholicism across professional disciplines today.

Remembering Selma

Adrienne Y. Bailey, Ph.D., is a graduate of Mundelein College. She is a Senior Consultant at Panasonic Foundation. Adrienne has worked in the fields of education and social justice in urban and rural communities throughout the US, Jamaica and southern Africa. Nationally and internationally recognized for her passionate advocacy of education equity for poor and disadvantaged youth.

"A Community of Blood: Jesuits, University Professors, and Worker Martyrs"

Rethink what your responsibility is to the truth.

That was the message Jon Sobrino, S.J., passed on to a packed Jo Ann Rooney Hall on November 20. Sobrino, who helped found and taught at the University of Central America, was out of the country when the Salvadoran military killed six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter. Otherwise he very likely would have been killed as well.

“Our responsibility is to continue their struggle by speaking the truth and defending the poor,” Sobrino said.

For Sobrino, the martyrs’ deaths are a direct response to the work they were trying to accomplish during the country’s bloody civil war. The men were actively speaking out against the military’s brutality, political misdeeds, and the living conditions of the poor.

“Where we are tonight, it is important to remember that in our world today there continue to exist many victims who die from poverty, malnutrition, the absence or poor quality of health care, and from a lack of access to education,” Sobrino said. “There are innocent victims who die just because they live in dangerous places.”

Sobrino believes universities are in a position to fight for the truth and help the poor because governments and international groups often fail to address those issues.

After the martyrs’ deaths, Sobrino continued his work in Central America and has become a well-known liberation theologian. Before his address, Sobrino was presented with an honorary degree from Loyola for the work he has done as an educator, a scholar, and an advocate for the poor.

National Security and Civil Liberties Symposium

"National Security Law, Policy and Practice: Are We Safer in 2014 and at What Cost?" February 7, 2014

The appropriate balance between liberty and security is a legally complicated issue that is both socially and politically charged. In the post-9/11 world of diffused, clandestine, and increasingly powerful and asymmetrical threats from non-state actors, the constitutional equilibrium has shifted, but a new paradigm evades definition in the face of continually shifting threats. This inaugural symposium hosted by Loyola's National Security & Civil Rights Program will examine the current state of the constitutional security/liberty equilibrium, including the ongoing developments in the Snowden/NSA revelations; the role of Article III courts; and the economic, political, and moral implications of this debate. A distinguished group of speakers from around the country will explore these topics and discuss the critical role of lawyers in this process.

Anthony Romero, American Civil Liberties Union

Eighth Annual Symposium on Access to Health Care

Watch highlights from Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Eighth Annual Symposium on Access to Health Care, which took place on November 14, 2014.

Getting Serious about Education: Culturally Relevant Teaching for New Century St

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presents "Getting Serious about Education: Culturally Relevant Teaching for New Century Students," part of the John M. Wozniak Lecture Series at Loyola University Chicago.

It's Your Money: Illinois Election 2014 and Fiscal Crisis in Illinois

The Loyola University Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the Chicago Network sponsored a program, "It's Your Money: Illinois Election 2014 and Fiscal Crisis in Illinois, Oct. 23, 2014. 

Moderated by Windy City Times Publisher Tracy Baim, the panel featured: G. Dennis Conroy (Metropolitan Family Services senior vice president of external affairs), Katie Drews (Better Government Association investigative reporter), Greg Hinz (Crain's Chicago Business political columnist), and Dr. Twyla Blackmond Larnell (assistant professor of political science at Loyola). 

'I Pick Up My Life And Take It With Me': The Human Cost Of Climate Change

An alumna of Mundelein College, Professor Judith Mayotte is an expert on issues concerning refugees and civilian displacement. She asks us all to consider: Are we willing to change how we treat the Earth so that people won't be forced to flee their homes because of chaotic climate change? Sponsored by The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership with support from The Ann F. and Alvin H. Baum Family Fund.

Nineteenth-Century Jesuits

Professor John McGreevy (Notre Dame) led a seminar discussion of a draft chapter from his forthcoming book on the Jesuits in the 19th-century United States: "Nineteenth-Century Jesuits in the United States and the Global Catholic World They Made: A Case Study" at Loyola University Chicago on November 5, 2013. 

Professor McGreevy pre-circulated his paper, so in this seminar he introduced the topic and then fielded questions about the paper for 75 minutes.

Professor McGreevy is a leading historian of American religion. His first monograph, Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North (Chicago, 1998), already dealt with the intersection of Euro-American immigrants, urban expansion, and racial conflicts with African-Americans. In 2004 he published a wide-ranging intellectual history: Catholicism and American Freedom: A History (Norton, 2004). The work, widely hailed as "brilliant," "masterful," and a "masterpiece," has now become a classic text for students of religion in America. McGreevy is both a Professor in the History Department as well as the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Michael J. Garanzini keynote address - Chicago ICE 2013

The Chicago International Conference on Education (ICE) 2013 was an exceptional opportunity for global educators to come together and share their ideas on K-12 education. Academics and other professionals united to engage in this unique, educational event and to present a variety of global perspectives in the pursuit of excellence in education.

Keynote address: Dr. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President, Loyola University Chicago

Keynote Topic: Today's Students, Tomorrow's Global Leaders: Essentials of a Curricular Program

Early Childhood Education for the Future Symposium

"Early Childhood Education for the Future: The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide High-Quality, Cost-Effective School Readiness Programs." Symposium co-sponsored by: the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development, & Loyola University School of Law Education Law and Policy Institute.

Welcome by:
- Michael Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Brian Michalski, Illinois Resource Center: Early Childhood Professional Development

Shouts or Whispers? A Journey through Catholic Letters Today

For its second Cardinal Newman Lecture this spring, the Hank Center invited writer, teacher, publisher, and editor Gregory Wolfe to speak about his journey of faith in the Catholic Church, to reflect on the changing face of Catholic literature from the twentieth century to the present—and how that body of writing has shaped his life and vocation, including his work as editor of the literary journal Image

The Future of Catholic Feminist Theology

Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Professor of Theology at Boston College presents "The Future of Catholic Feminist Theology" and a graduate and undergraduate student colloquium titled "Jesuit Theological Discourse since Vatican II."  Part of the John Cardinal Cody Lecture and Colloquium and co-sponsored with the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership.

Former Army Capt. William Swenson, Medal of Honor recipient, addresses Loyola

The nation's newest Medal of Honor recipient, former Army Capt. William Swenson, spoke at Loyola on October 28, 2013. Swenson received the honor—the nation's highest medal for valor in combat—for saving more than a dozen lives after his squad was ambushed in Afghanistan in 2009. He is the second person to receive the Medal of Honor for that battle, according to the Army's official website.

The Importance of a Job

Professor of Business Ethics at the Quinlan School of Business Al Gini (Bio) discusses jobs and identity. To learn more about the Quinlan School of Business, visit LUC.edu/quinlan.

About Al Gini

Professor Gini is the co-founder and associate editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for Business Ethics. Besides lecturing to community and professional organizations, he does consulting on corporate ethics, and he can be regularly heard on National Public Radio's Chicago affiliate, WBEZ-FM.

Teaching Learning Leading with Schools and Communities

On January 31, 2013, Loyola faculty, community partners and teaching partners came together to discuss the new teacher preparation program. 

Panel Members:

Ms. Suzanne Santos, Program Director, CircEsteem

Dr. Patrick Baccellieri, Principal, Bateman Elementary School

Ms. Susan Lofton, Principal, Senn High School

Dr. Ann Marie Ryan - Program Director, Teaching and Learning, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago (Bio)

Dr. Kimberly Thier - Faculty, Teaching and Learning, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Amy Heineke - Faculty Teaching and Learning, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago (Bio)

The Cult of Art in Nazi Germany

Loyola history professor David Dennis, PhD, addresses the WagnerWorldWide: America conference held at the School of Music on the campus of the University of South Carolina (USA), February 2013.

Collaborative Research

Faculty members discuss the tenets of collaborative research at Loyola's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL).

For more information, visit CURL at LUC.edu/curl.