Jesuit Institute To Sponsor Conference, Lectures

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Jesuit Institute will sponsor a lecture tonight kicking off a series of public events this semester that will culminate in a major international conference.

Tonight's event, "What is a Good Catholic?" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Higgins 307. It will be presented by Assoc. Prof. Frederick Lawrence (Theology).

On Thursday, Feb. 20, Emory University Professor of Philosophy Thomas Flynn will present "The Diary and the Map: Sartre/Foucault and Reason in History," from 7:30-9 p.m. in Gasson 100.

Jesuit Institute Fellow Howard Gray, SJ, will speak on "Spirituality as the Foundation for Jesuit Higher Education" on Tuesday, March 18, from 7:30-9 p.m. in Cushing 001.

The following day, the institute will host a talk from noon-2 p.m. by Alain De Libera, director of studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne in Paris. De Libera's lecture will take place at the institute, located at Faber House, 102 College Rd.

Monan Professor of Theology Lisa Sowle Cahill will present a lecture and discussion aimed at undergraduate students, "Can a Feminist Be a Catholic?," on Thursday, April 10, from 7:30-9 p.m. in Higgins 307.

Dorothy Judd Hall, an adjunct lecturer at the Boston University Metropolitan College, will close out the lecture series on Thursday, April 17, with "Landscapes of the Soul: Poetry as a Meditative Path." She will give her talk from noon-2 p.m. at the institute.

From May 28-June 1, the institute will sponsor a conference titled "The Jesuits: Culture, Learning and the Arts: 1540-1773," in cooperation with the Lilly Endowment and other donors. The event will be held on campus and bring together scholars from many countries to explore the interaction between religion and culture, especially as manifested in painting, music and science among Jesuits during the age of discovery and beyond.

Jesuit Institute Director and Canisius Professor of Theology Michael Buckley, SJ, will speak at the conference, which will highlight the Jesuits' use of the arts in communicating and evangelizing faith and devotion. Other speakers will include Prof. Francis Clooney, SJ (Theology), Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music), and Jesuit Institute Senior Research Associate Gauvin Bailey.

Other areas the event will focus on are Jesuits' pursuit of the sciences in their schools, and their theory and practice in making Christianity accessible to the Far East, the Indians of North and South America, as well as to Europeans.

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