The Jesuit Institute funds visiting lecturers nominated by departments of the University, as these bear upon the purposes of the Institute. These lectures introduce into the University's academic community a diversity of scholars and their research. The Institute also promotes lecture series that explore some issue in depth. The majority of the Jesuit Institute lectures are co-sponsored with other departments and programs of the university. They cover any topic that may be of intellectual interest to either the arts, humanities or the sciences. There is one annual lecture sponsored by the Institute entitled the "Canisius Lecture." This lecture addresses some issues in theology and is given by a prominent theologian.