The Jesuit Institute sponsors a variety of events that address the issues of faith and culture. These events are generally lectures, panels, or conference meetings. These events introduce to the University's academic community a diversity of scholars and their research. The majority of the Jesuit Institute lectures are co-sponsored with other offices and departments of the university. They cover any topic related to faith and culture that promotes the mission of Boston College. 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.

Gasson Lecture Series

The Gasson Chair is held by a distinguished Jesuit scholar in any discipline. Established in 1979, it is the oldest endowed professorship at Boston College. Gerhard Bowering, professor of Islamic Studies at Yale University, held the position during the 2016–17 school year and delivered a series of lectures that were videotaped.


Gasson Lecture Series, 2016–17

September 21
Finding Roots in Scripture and Tradition

October 12
Seeking the Face of God

November 9
Tracing Humanity in Time and Eternity

February 8
Observing Prayer and Ritual

March 1
Imposing Social Order

April 12
Pursuing Jihad and Martyrdom

The Canisius Lecture

This lecture—sponsored by the Jesuit Institute—addresses various topics in theology and is given by a prominent theologian once during the school year.


Past Canisius Lectures

"Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Planet"

September 28, 2015

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana) 

"Truth and Diplomacy, A contemporary Reflection"

October 1, 2013

Paul R. Gallagher
Vatican Diplomat Service
Papal Nuncio, Australia

"The Life of the Catholic Church in Cuba"

April 23, 2012

Jaime Cardinal Ortega
Archbishop of Havana, Cuba

"What is Like to be a Jesuit Bishop?"

April 7, 2011

Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Archbishop of Ottawa

"Formative Years: Jesuit Institutions and the Challenge of Faith"

March 16, 2010

Timothy P. Broglio

Archbishop of the Military Services, U.S.A.

"Interreligious Dialogue: A Risk or Opportunity?"

April 2, 2009

Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran

President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
Vatican City

"The Challenge to Love, The Call to Hope: Global Perspectives on Catholic Social Mission"

April 1, 2008

Oscar Rodriguez Cardinal Maradiaga
Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

"The Sacred Liturgy: Revisiting Sacrosanctum Consilium Forty Years After Vatican II"

April 17, 2007

Godfried Cardinal Danneels
Archbishop of Malines-Brussels.

"The Call to Serve in a Divided Society"

March 3, 2005

Theodore E. Cardinal McCarrick
Archbishop of Washington, D.C.