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The Jesuit Institute sponsors research, academic exchange and collective inquiry into issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. The Institute works principally with schools, departments and programs of Boston College. To present such a project for Institute sponsorship, please submit a proposal to the Director.

 

Currently Sponsored Projects:

  • Study on the Neuro-Cognitive Aspects of Hope

    In this novel pilot study the neuro-cognitive mechanisms which underlie hope will be outlined especially the way hope plays a part in both risk perception and risk avoidance, by examining the impact of hopefulness in relation to depressive symptomolgy and return to base-line functioning. We propose that all things being equal individuals who report a sense of hope from the Christian perspective will also report a greater overall sense of well being and satisfaction in life and be better able to navigate risk, avoid harmful behaviors and recover from depression than those who report little to no hope as well as those who have a secular definition of hope. We will seek to operationalize the different aspects of hope. To do this we will engage adults whose hope capacities have been measured in a series of cognitive tasks, perceptual abilities, moral reasoning abilities, risk perception and avoidance tasks, along with indicators of spirituality, religiosity and well being to determine correlations among these variables and if possible predictive validity.
    The end goal will be to add to the scholarly basis of hope not solely as an abstract concept or religious phenomenon but also in practicalapplication for suffering individuals and those who care for them.

    Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, PhD, ABPP, CGP
    Boston College, Division of Mission and Ministry

 

Past Sponsored Projects & Publications:

In past years, a variety of works, books, films, musical compositions, and exhibitions have been produced or supported by the Jesuit Institute. Finding God in all Things, comprises the papers given at the inaugural conference of the Jesuit Institute by a variety of distinguished scholars. Religion and the Arts began as an interdisciplinary faculty seminar and is now an independent quarterly that "seeks to explore religious and spiritual dimensions in the verbal, visual and performing arts, in the context of contemporary theory and culture." Others have included:

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Books:
Ethics and the Golden Rule by Harry J. Gensler, New York and London, Routledge, 2013
True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium, Minessota, Pueblo Book, 2012
Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning,  by Massimo Faggioli, New York, Paulist Press, 2012
• Geistigkeit, Leben und geschichtliche Welt in der Transzendentalphänomenologie Husserls [Trans. Mind, Life an Historical World in Husserl's Transcendental Phenomenology], by Andrea Staiti, Ergon Verlag, Würzburg, 2010.
The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences and the Arts, 1540-1773, by John W. O’Malley, Gauvin Bailey, Steven Harris & T. Frank Kennedy, Eds. University Of Toronto Press, 2006.
The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences and the Arts, 1540-1773, by John W. O’Malley, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Steven J. Harris & T. Frank Kennedy, Eds. University of Toronto Press, 1999.
Inculturation and the Church in North America, by T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Ed., Crossroads, 2006.
Religion, Human Rights, and the Gulag, by John J. Michalczyk & Naomi Blumberg Eds. Etolie International Productions, 2006.
The Jesuits and the Arts, 1540-1773, by John W. O’Malley and Gauvin Alexander Bailey Eds. (Original Italian edited by Giovanni Sale). Saint Joseph’s University Press, 2005.
The Dialogue Between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from One Another, by Patrick H. Byrne, The University of Scranton Press, 2005.
Catholic Ethicist on HIV/ AIDS Prevention, by James F. Keenan, S.J. Ed.  Continuum, 2000.
Art on the Jesuit Missions in Asia and Latin America, 1542-1773, by Gauvin Alexander Bailey, University Of Toronto Press, 1999.
Seeing into the Life of Things. Essays on Literature and Religious Experience, by John L. Mahoney Ed. Fordham University Press, 1998
In Ten Thousand Places: Dogma in a Pluralistic Church, by Paul G. Crowley, Crossroad, 1997.
Medicine, Ethics and the Third Reich, by John J. Michalczyk Ed. Sheed & Ward, 1994.
Liberating the Caged Dalit Panther, by M. Sebastian, Emerald, 1994.
Capitalism and the Moral Life, by John Langan S.J.
Redeeming the Promise: Inquiries into Catholic Higher Education in a Jesuit Idiom, by Michael J. Buckley, S.J.
Finding God in all Things, a collection of essays in various disciplines from numerous scholars that pay tribute to the inaugural Canisius chair holder of the Jesuit Institute, by Michael J. Buckley, S.J.
Studies:
  • "Salvadorian High-risk Youth and Service," by René Olate  (Graduate School of Social Work)
A study of high-risk youth in youth development programs involving students from Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” and other international Jesuit universities.
Musical Performances:
  • 2011, October 13. Making History-Making Music: the Jesuit Musical Tradition in Italy and England. Music by Carissimi, Victoria, and William Byrd. Ensemble Plus Ultra (UK). It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
    Michael Noone, Director
  • 2011, October 12. Masterworks from the Jesuit German College in Rome: Tomás Luis de Victoria and Giacomo Carissimi.  Ensemble Plus Ultra (UK).  It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
    Michael Noone, Director
  • 2009, September 18.  East Meets West. Two Jesuit Choreographers, by Robert VerEecke, SJ and Saju George, SJ. Watch it online
  • 2009, November 2. 15th Century Chansons for voices and instruments, by Du Fay, Binchois, Ockeghem, Busnoys, Frye and others. It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
Blue Heron, Scott Metcalfe, Director
  • 2008, October 24-25. Judicium Salomonis, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
Producer: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Production Director: Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Conductor: John Finney (BC Music Department)
Ensemble Abendmusik
  • 2007, October 2-11. San Ignacio de Loyola, by Domenico Zipoli. Three performances at  Santa Clara, University of San Francisco and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Producer: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Production Director: Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Conductor: John Finney (BC Music Department)
  • 2006, March 24 -25, San Ignacio de Loyola, by Domenico Zipoli. It was performed in Rome in the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Jesus.
Producer: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Production Director: Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Conductor: John Finney (BC Music Department)
  • 2004, October 30-31. Mors Saulis et Jonathae, H403, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
Producer: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Production Director: Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Conductor: John Finney (BC Music Department)
Ensemble Abendmusik
  • 2002, November 23-24. Patientis Christi Memoria, by Johan Bernhard Staudt. It was performed at St Mary’s Chapel, Boston College.
Producer: T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.
Production Director: Michael A. Zampelli, S.J.
Conductor: John Finney (BC Music Department)
Ensemble Abendmusik

 

Musical Recordings:

Monumenta Musicae Societatis Iesu (Series)

Director: Michael Noone
Organ: Robert Quinney
Ensemble Plus Ultra
Musica Omnia
1. Gradualia (1607), by William Byrd
Director: James David Christie
Ensemble Abendmusik
Dorian Recording.
2. The Jesuit Operas. Operas by Johannes Kapsberger (Apotheosis sive consecratio SS. Ignatii et Francisci Xaverii) and Domenico Zipoli/Martin Schmid/ et al., (San Ignacio).
3. God Here Among Us, a collection of 15 original musical compositions, by Chris Willcock, S.J.

4.  Solo and Chamber Works, by Ralf Yusuf Gawlick.

On November 2009, composer and BC assistant professor, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, released a solo CD of four works on the Musica Omnia label. Works include Mysterium doloris quintae  (Tropen-Kreuz) for solo piano, Sonata-Mazur (Aus der Ferne...) for violin and piano, Trio for violin, cello and piano, and Glocken-Spiel for piano quartet. Gawlick has received numerous national and international awards and was most recently selected as a 2009 Artist Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).
 
Commissions and Sponsored Works:
•  XXX Annual Colloquy of the American Weil Society. Title:  "Simone Weil: Texts and Contexts." Organized by Tomeu Estelrich.

 

• "Catholic Renewal and Reform: Four Decades Sharing in the Jesuit Mission in Higher Education" by David O'Brien.

 

Founded in 2008 by Richard Kearney and others, the aim of The Guestbook Project  is to welcome the stranger as guest through an innovative and technological investigation of hospitality through text, performance, and digital arts.
"Mass for the Holy Year 2000" by Thomas Oboe Lee (BC Music Department). First Performance by John Finney and the University Chorale in Trinity Chapel, April 15, 2000.
The Mass is divided into nine movements and scored by SATB chorus, chamber orchestra and organ. It follows the entire Latin text from the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. In between these sections, there are four settings of contemporary poems written in English by Elizabeth Kirschner, Claude McKay, Edith Stein, and Thomas Merton. All these poems reflect and amplify what is already in the Latin text: a veneration for faith and redemption.
Films:
"Writing on the Wall," (2009) co-produced by John J. Michalczyk  & Ronald A. Marsh

This documentary, produced for the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in conjunction with the German Embassy’s national commemoration, not only highlights the principle phases on the reconstruction of democracy and international stability after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also captures the personal narratives of both leaders and citizens caught up in this drama.

"Unexpected openings: Northern Ireland’s Prisoners,"
(2000) by John J. Michalczyk, Raymond Helmick, S.J., and Paul Goudreau. Etoile Productions.

"Out of the Ashes: Northern Ireland’s Fragile Peace," (1998) by John J. Michalczyk. Etoile Productions.

"In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine,"  (1997) by John J. Michalczyk. First Run Features.

"December’s Dilemma: The Creche, the Dreidel and the Star," (1997) by John J. Michalczyk. Etoile Productions.

“The Cross and the Star: Jews, Christians and the Holocaust," (1992) by John J. Michalczyk. Etoile Productions.
Exhibitions:
  • 2011, March 14- September. Binding Friendships: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings.
    Curator: Jeremy Clarke SJ

  • 2006, September 7. Francis Xavier and the Jesuit Missions in the Far East.
In the 500th anniversary of the birth of Francis Xavier (1506-1552), the Jesuit Institute and the John J. Burns Library at Boston College offered an exhibition of early printed works relating to his biography and posthumous cult, as well as to the subsequent Jesuit enterprise in the Far East where Xavier labored for ten years and died on a small desolate island off the coast of China.
Curator: Franco Mormando.