Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Intellectual Life Events


Controversial Conversations

Prof. Miguel Diaz's John Courtney Murray Chair of Public Service will host a controversial conversation on the Synod of the Bishops of Amazon on Wednesday, October 23, at 5:00 p.m. in Cuneo 217. A variety of issues are being addressed in The “Amazon Synod” – ecological destruction in the Amazon as a form of violence against the earth and against indigenous people, the importance of the church maintaining a balance between “Inculturation and Evangelization” in its mission efforts, and the conviction that issues that concern the church in the Amazon also concern the universal church, whether it is the importance of the sacraments, the formation of ministers, the role of women or the protection of women against any form of violence.

On November 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the IES Multipurpose Room, the John Courtney Murray Chair and the Richard A. McCormick, S.J. Chair in Catholic Moral Theology will co-host a controversial conversation on the Congregation for Catholic Education's Document "Male and Female He Created Them." In addition to Profs. Diaz and Haker, Prof. Cristie Traina of Northwestern University and David Ozar, Prof. Emeritus from Loyola's Department of Philosophy, will participate in this discussion of the issues of sexuality and gender. 

Science, Society, and the Search for Life Elsewhere/The History of Volatiles and Climate on Mars - Past, Present, and Future

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Prof. Bruce Jakosky, Principal Investigator of the Mars Atmospheric Volatile and Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be at Loyola for two presentations on Thursday October 31st. His first presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. on October 31st in the Palm Court Conference Area located in Mundelein Center.  The title of that presentation is “The History of Volatiles and Climate on Mars – Past, Present, and Future.”  The second presentation will be a 4:00 p.m. in the Palm Court Conference Area and is titled, “Science, Society, and The Search for Life Elsewhere”.  You are most welcome to come to either or both.

Bruce Jakosky is a Professor in both the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  His research interests are in the geology of planetary surfaces, the evolution of the Martian atmosphere and climate, the potential for life on Mars and elsewhere, and the philosophical and societal issues in astrobiology.  He headed the University of Colorado’s team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute for more than ten years.  He is the Principal Investigator of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to Mars which is a P.I.-led mission developed through the Mars Scout program. It has been orbiting Mars since fall of 2014; results have been published in more than 200 papers that have appeared in Science, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Nature, and Space Science Reviews.  He has published more than 250 papers in the refereed scientific literature, and has authored or co-authored a number of books, including “The Search for Life on Other Planets” and “Science, Society, and the Search for Life in the Universe”.

2019-2020 Religion and Nature Speaker Series 

The Religion and Nature Speaker Series is a collaboration between Loyola University's Department of Theology and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The series features six speakers (three per semester) who will detail certain practices and ideas within their respective religious communities (Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Lakota, Hinduism) that creatively respond to today's ecological crisis and that both draw from and enrich the scientific wisdom needed to heal the Earth.

Word Became Flesh: The Question of Performance as Method in Biblical Studies

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Join us on October 4th, 2019 for the 2019 Performance Criticism Conference! This conference, organized by New Testament and Early Christianity graduate students Zach Eberhart and Megan Wines, is organized around the question of how performance works as a methodology within Biblical Performance Criticism.

Sponsored by the Theology Department, the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, the Theology Graduate Caucus, and Northern Seminary. 

 Feel free to also check out the Intellectual Life Events Archive of previous years events!