Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

Announcing the Loyola 150 Scholar Series

January 29, 2021

Dear Loyolans,

Though a worldwide public health crisis has curtailed some of our plans to come together as one to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Loyola University Chicago, we are happy to announce that we will virtually gather our campus and global community this spring in a special 150th Anniversary series of reflection and dialogue with some of Loyola’s most esteemed faculty.

Each day at Loyola, we are called to create spaces where new generations of students come together with other great minds to reflect and address urgent issues of our time. This spirit of common purpose and civil discourse infuses the Loyola 150 Scholar Series.

We cordially invite you to join thought-provoking conversations with Loyola faculty who hold endowed professorships beginning in February through April. The February installments of the 150 Scholar Series listed below are also part of Loyola’s observance of Black History Month. Each virtual event is free, and registration is required.

A listing of Scholar Series events can be found at LUC.edu/150/scholars.

Loyola 150 Scholar Series February Events

Why the Emmett Till Story Still Matters
Wednesday, February 3, 4-5:30 p.m.
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Elliott Gorn, PhD, Loyola’s Joseph Gagliano Professor of American Urban History, presents the tragic story of Emmett Till, the Chicago child murdered in Mississippi in 1955 allegedly for whistling at a white woman. Till’s story has only grown more important with the emergence of the era of Black Lives Matter. Professor Gorn explores why.

What is at Stake in the Study of Race in the Early Modern Period?
Friday, February 22, 4-5:30 p.m.
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In what ways can we advance the conversation about race at this moment, both in the United States and the world at large? Ania Loomba, PhD, the Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ian Cornelius, Loyola Chicago’s Edward L. Surtz S.J. Professor of English, examine the ways that ideologies and practices about racial difference in the early modern world alert us against oversimplifying our understanding of racial ideologies and their complicated global histories.

Loyola's Sesquicentennial observance runs through May 2022. Since our founding 150 years ago, Loyola Chicago’s Jesuit mission has helped fulfill the aspirations of each generation. Today, Loyola is one of the world’s leading universities, built on a legacy of education, leadership, innovation, translational research, equitable and compassionate health care, civil discourse, and social justice. You are an integral part of that legacy, and we invite you to join us in celebrating and advancing the scholarship and service that builds a better world.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

James, Prehn S.J., Vice President and Chief of Staff
Janet Sisler, Vice President, Mission Integration
Co-Chairs, Loyola University Chicago 150th Anniversary Committee