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May 13, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 17

Jesuit Institute Director Fr. Kennedy Lectures at Oxford

Early Jesuit music was the focus of the Martin D'Arcy Memorial Lectures recently given at Oxford University by Jesuit Institute Director T. Frank Kennedy, SJ.

Fr. Kennedy was invited by the Campion Hall Jesuit academic community to give the annual D'Arcy lectures on five successive Wednesdays in January and February at the Examination Schools lecture hall at Oxford.

His topics included the music and culture of the Jesuit missions in the New World and Jesuit chamber opera in 17th-century Vienna.

He was the second Jesuit Institute director in four years to give the D'Arcy Memorial Lectures at Oxford, following Canisius Professor Michael Buckley, SJ, in 2000.

Fr. Kennedy held the title of D'Arcy Professor while in residence at Campion Hall during Hilary Term at Oxford from mid-January through mid-March.

The 30 or more Oxford faculty who attended his lectures each week included leading lights in musicology.

"It was a marvelous academic and intellectual experience," he said.

-Mark Sullivan

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