Conference To Explore Religion And Culture

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

About 150 Boston College faculty members and international scholars will discuss the interaction between religion and culture, and how Jesuits have contributed to it, at a conference to be held on campus from May 28 to June 1.

The conference, titled "The Jesuits: Culture, Learning and the Arts: 1540-1773," is sponsored by the Jesuit Institute. It will include a series of panel discussions and plenary sessions on the Jesuits' use of the arts in communicating and evangelizing faith and devotion during the age of discovery and beyond. Among the topics will be Jesuit astronomy and cartography in China, Jesuit influence in Central European art, and the Jesuits' use of music in their work with indigenous peoples of Brazil.

Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music), is organizing the conference and will participate in some of its events. Other University faculty scheduled to take part include Prof. Francis Clooney, SJ (Theology), Assoc. Prof. Paul Breines (History), Assoc. Prof. Ronald Anderson, SJ (Philosophy), Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Rhodes (Romance Languages), College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program Associate Director Mark O'Connor and Jesuit Institute Senior Research Associate Gauvin Bailey.

Guest speakers at the conference will include former Gasson Professor John O'Malley, SJ, and John Padberg, SJ, director of the Institute for Jesuit Sources at St. Louis University. The plenary sessions will spotlight eminent scholars, such as University of Edinburgh Professor of Ecclesiastical Studies Andrew Ross and Thomas Da Costa Kaufman, professor of art and archaelogy at Princeton University.

The conference also will feature musical events. On May 29, there will be a combination lecture and harpsichord recital on baroque music in China, at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 008. On May 30, there will be a performance of an 18th century opera, "St. Ignatius of Loyola," at 8 p.m. in St. Mary's Chapel.

For information on attending conference sessions and discussions, call the Jesuit Institute at ext.2-8290; for the musical events, call the Music Department at ext.2-4843.

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