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Glendon to open annual Lonergan Workshop

(6-16-2000) The 27th annual Lonergan Workshop at Boston College opens Sunday, June 18, with an address by noted constitutional scholar Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University, at 7 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

Glendon, who will speak on "The Layman in the Public Square," will be the first of several distinguished guests to present evening lectures for the BC community during the Lonergan Workshop, which runs through June 23 and is expected to draw nearly 200 philosophers and theologians from around the world.

Nightly lectures during the ensuing week will be given at 7 p.m. in Fulton 511. All are open, free of charge, to Boston College students and staff. Monday evening, University College Dublin Visiting Professor of Philosophy Richard Kearney will address "The Glory of God," while Tuesday night, Gerry Fallon, a translator at the Second Vatican Council, will speak on "Vatican II," and sociologist David Levy of Middlesex University in London will address "The Velvet Philosophers."

Dominican monk Sebastian Moore of Downside Abbey, Bath, England, speaks on Wednesday night. No lecture is scheduled Thursday night, when a Mass in St. Mary's Chapel and banquet will be held for workshop attendees. Friday night, Seattle University philosopher Paul Kidder speaks on "Inventing Urban Ethics."

The annual Lonergan Workshop, directed by Assoc. Prof. Frederick Lawrence (Theology), is devoted to study of influential Canadian Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984), whose master works included Insight: A Study of Human Understanding and Method in Theology. Fr. Lonergan taught at Boston College from 1975 to 1983, and his donated works form the core of the Lonergan Center in Bapst Library.

This year's workshop, "Looking Ahead: Lonergan for the 21st Century," is dedicated to the editors-in-chief of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, Prof. Emeritus Frederick E. Crowe, SJ, and Research Prof. Robert M. Doran, SJ, of the Lonergan Research Institute, Regis College, Toronto.

The schedule June 19-23 will include morning speakers from 9 a.m. to noon in McGuinn 121, afternoon workshops Monday through Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Campion Hall classrooms, and panel presentations from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

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