Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Intellectual Life Events 2015 - 2016


Spring 2016


Thursday and Friday, February 4 – 5, 2016
Thursday Evening Lecture
"Galileo and the Vatican"
Mons. Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture (Vatican)
Italian Cultural Institute, 500 North Michigan Avenue

Friday morning seminar/round table discussion, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
“Galileo, the Pope, a Cardinal: A Roman Triangle” (Galileo, Pope Paul V, Card. Bellarmine and Galileo, Pope John Paul II, Card. Poupard)
with Mons. Sánchez de Toca and Fr. Robert Bireley, SJ.
Piper Hall

Thursday and Friday, February 18 – 19, 2016
Thursday Lecture, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Tentative title: ‘What Does the “Galileo Thing” Mean Today?’
Alice Dreger, PhD, author of “Galileo’s Middle Finger,” on the search for truth and justice in past and contemporary sciences, employing surgical and medical interventions on transsexual children as a litmus test.
Regents Hall MPR

Friday morning seminar / round table discussion (tentative title: ‘What Does the “Galileo Thing” Mean Today?’) with Alice Dreger, PhD, author of “Galileo’s Middle Finger,” on the search for truth and justice in past and contemporary sciences, employing surgical and medical interventions on transsexual children as a litmus test.
Co-sponsored by the Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of English.
IC 4th Floor

Monday and Tuesday, April 18 – 19, 2016
McCormick Chair and Theology Department Colloquium on the Theme of Religion and Violence
McCormick Lounge


Fall 2015


Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
Symposium. Town Hall. Teach-In
Laudato Si’ @ LUC
Caring for our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology + Justice

SYMPOSIUM I
Academic Papers by LUC Faculty
Information Commons
9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
• Aana Vigen: What is Happening to our Common Home?
• Sandy Sullivan-Dunbar: The Gospel of Creation
• Michael Agliardo: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis

SYMPOSIUM II
Academic Papers by LUC Faculty
Information Commons
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Bill French: Integral Ecology
• Hille Haker: Lines of Approach and Action
• Michael Schuck: Ecological Education and Spirituality

TOWN HALL I
Loyola 2025: Presenting LUC’s Climate Action Plan
Information Commons
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
• Aaron Durnbaugh, Director of Sustainability
• Wayne Magdziarz, VP, Capital Planning
• One other Loyolan (pending)

TOWN HALL II
Laudato Si’: An Intercampus/Interdisciplinary Conversation
(micro and macro views; public policy/public theology/economics/culture)
Information Commons
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
• Therese Lysaught, Institute of Pastoral Studies
• Michael McCarthy, Health Sciences Division
• Clifford Shultz, Quinlan School of Business
• Nancy Tuchman, Institute of Environmental Sustainability

TEACH-IN
Calls to Action/Community Fair/Performance/Tabling/Food & Beverage
West Quad
4:30 – 6:30 p.m


Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27, 2015
Oxford Handbook of Mystical Theology Colloquium
McCormick Lounge
Sponsored by the Chair of Spirituality


Celebrazioni Galileiane - Celebrating Galileo
In occasione del 400.mo anniversario della lettera di Galileo a Cristina di Lorena, Granduchessa di Toscana.
In Occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine, Grand-Duchesse of Tuscany.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Lecture by Robin W. Lovin of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton NJ.
“The Societal Implications of Astrobiology: Interdisciplinary Reflections at the Center of Theological Inquiry.”
Life Science Building 312

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Loyola University Orchestra Concert
Symphony 41 "Jupiter" (Mozart), Sun Music IV (Peter Sculthorpe, U.S. premiere performance), selected movements from The Planets Suite (Holst) and selections from Star Wars (John Williams).
Mundelein Center Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Concert by Mr. Joel Spears and the Chamber Choir of Loyola.
Mr. Spears will be performing lute music composed by both Galileo’s father and brother, Vincenzo and Michelangelo, as well as by Galileo Galilei himself. The Chamber Choir will perform Vincenzo’s setting of the Psalm, In Exitu Israel, madrigals by Monteverdi, works by Caccini, and other contemporary Italian compositions.
Skowronski Music Hall
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Friday, November 13, 2015 (Opening night).
Production of Bertolt Brecht’s play, Galileo, by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago under the direction of Mark E. Lococo, Director of Theatre. Galileo will be presented eight times: at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; at 2:00 p.m. on November 15 and 22. A preview performance will be held on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. The role of Galileo will be performed by this year’s artist-in residence, Ross Lehman, an award winning professional actor.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
The Dance Program of Loyola University Chicago presents De Motu (“On Motion”), choreographed by instructor Sarah Cullen Fuller, as part of the Inaugural Dance Senior Solo Showcase. Choreographed to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, De Motu is an ensemble work inspired by the life and work of Galileo in occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany.
The Palm Court, 4th floor, Mundelein Center
Co-sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Demonstration of selected experiments of Galileo Galilei by Prof. Asim Gangopadhyaya of Loyola’s Physics Department; also, a demonstration of past and present telescopes with a replica of the telescope used by Galileo Galilei to observe the moons of Jupiter.
Co-sponsored by the Physics Department.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The Annual John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology Lecture by
Prof. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory
“Where Have the Heavens Gone? Galileo, Modern Science, and the Bible.”
Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge
Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity.

Friday, November 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Round Table Discussion and Advanced Graduate Seminar
“Cosmos, Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine”
Presenters at the Round Table:
Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory, currently McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.; Professor Mauro Pesce, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Bologna and author of L'ermeneutica biblica di Galileo e le due strade della teologia cristiana (2005);
Dr. Dennis McCarthy, former Director of the Directorate of Time at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., and author of Time: From Earth Rotation to Atomic Physics (2009);
Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya, former chair of the Physics Department and currently Associate Dean for Planning and Resources at Loyola;
Dr. John McCarthy, former chair of the Theology Department and author of articles on both Galileo and the concept of the sacred.
Dr. Paulo Jorge Dos Santos Rodrigues, Université catholique de Louvain
Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge
Co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity.