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The Feore Family Lecture Series on Jesuit Studies

The Feore Family Lecture Series seeks to bring the world's preeminent scholars in the field of Jesuit Studies to Boston College for engagement with the University and the general public. The series also features the presentation of the George E. Ganss, S.J. Award, which recognizes a person's significant scholarly contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies.

Fall 2017

Third Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies, October 3, 2017

Past, Present, and Future of Jesuit Studies: Historiographical Thoughts.
presented by John O'Malley, S.J.

On October 3, 2017, John O’Malley, S.J., University Professor in the theology department at Georgetown University, will deliver the third annual Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies. His talk is entitled “Past, Present, and Future of Jesuit Studies: Historiographical Thoughts.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

A specialist of the religious culture in early modern Europe, O’Malley has published several prize-winning books, including The First Jesuits (Harvard University Press, 1993), which has been translated into twelve languages, and The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), already available in seven languages. A collection of his work (Saints or Devils Incarnate?: Studies in Jesuit History) inaugurated the Jesuit Studies book series at Brill in 2013. O’Malley has also served as editor or co-editor of The Jesuits and the Arts (Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2005), two volumes on Jesuit culture, sciences, and the arts (University of Toronto Press, 1999 and 2005), and Art, Controversy, and the Jesuits: The Imago primi saeculi (1640) (Saint Joseph's University Press, 2015), among other titles of the series he himself edits.

Born in Tiltonsville, Ohio in 1927, O’Malley earned a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1965. He taught as a faculty member at the University of Detroit before serving as a professor of church history at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. O’Malley has also held visiting professorships at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Boston College, Fordham University, and Oxford University. He has received fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy in Rome (Prix de Rome), the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other academic organizations around the world. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, the Renaissance Society of America, and the American Catholic Historical Association.

At the Feore Family Lecture in 2017, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies will present O’Malley with the George E. Ganss, S.J., Award in Jesuit Studies to recognize his significant scholarly contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies.

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Past Lecture Series

Second Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies, October 4, 2016
And Then What?: The Jesuits after Their Restoration (1814...)

presented by John W. Padberg, S.J.
Inaugural Feore Family Lecture on Jesuit Studies, November 19, 2015
American Jesuits and the World: Toward a More Global Religious History
presented by John T. McGreevy, Ph.D.