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Together with the history department and the Office of Mission and Culture at St. Louis University, the Jesuit Archives and Research Center welcomes submissions for the fifth annual Jesuit Student Research Symposium, to be held on April 26, 2019. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2019.

 

Proposals are welcomed on the theme of Jesuit engagement with, and influence on, American culture. Undergraduate and graduate students may submit proposals that “address any time period or discipline, including but not limited to history, music, theater, science, higher education, and exploration.” A full call for papers appears below. More information about the event can be found on the website for the Jesuit Archives and Research Center.

 

The Jesuit Archives and Research Center (http://jesuitarchives.org/) opened its new facility in St. Louis in November 2017. It “houses the collective memory of twelve past and current administrative provinces of the Society of Jesus in the United States” as well as the records of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

 

 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
JESUITS AND AMERICAN CULTURE

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual Jesuit Student Research Symposium, to be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Jesuit Archives & Research Center, 3920 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-376-2440.

The symposium will be hosted jointly by the Jesuit Archives & Research Center, the Office of Mission and Identity, and the Saint Louis University History Department. Our theme will explore the history of Jesuit engagement with, and influence on, American culture.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and universities are warmly invited to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation. Submissions may include papers and other appropriate presentations on the theme of Jesuits and American culture. Presentations can address any time period or discipline, including but not limited to history, music, theater, science, higher education, and exploration. For further advice and sources, please contact jarcadmin@jesuits.org.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words, and will be accepted by the selection committee on a rolling basis. All proposals will be acknowledged by a response within two weeks of submission. The final deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jacob Klusman, Jesuit Archives & Research Center, at jarcadmin@jesuits.org, or Dr. Silvana Siddali, SLU History Department, at silvana.siddali@slu.edu.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students, at SLU or any other university, college, or seminary, are warmly invited to apply.

Important dates:

Friday, March 1, 2019: Final deadline for proposals.

Friday, April 19, 2019: Final papers are due to the committee.



The third issue of the Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute is now available. (See an earlier news story about the launch of this bi-annual publication and another story about the availability of its second issue.)

 

The contents of this issue include:

Leader:
“Education for the Common Good” – Stephan Rothlin

Society:
“The Ideal of Junzi Leadership and Education for the Common Good” – Yang Hengda, Dennis P. McCann
“A Confucian Perspective on Tertiary Education for the Common Good” – Edmond Eh
“Revisiting James Legge’s Christian Interpretation of Confucian Filial Piety: A Comparative Approach” – Bai Limin
“Alfonso Vagnone’s educational project in Late Ming Dynasty and his Education of Children (Tongyou jiaoyu)” – Thierry Meynard
“Growing old in China: Filial Piety in the 21st Century” – Mark Pufpaff

Religion:
“Axial Age, China and the Meaning of Transcendence” – Yves Vendé
“Service Learning for the Common Good” – Dennis P. McCann interviews Rev. Dr. Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J.

World:
“Are We Educating Those Who Need Education? Educating the 70’s (The 70% Who Don’t Attend College)” – Eugene Michael Geinzer, S.J.

Events and Publications

 

More information about the Macau Ricci Institute is available online.



The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies now welcomes applications to A History of the Jesuits, a new online course. An application is available online. With questions, please contact the Institute (iajs@bc.edu).

 

A History of the Jesuits offers an introductory survey to some of the men who made the Society of Jesus one of the most successful and, at times, most controversial religious orders in the Catholic Church. It explores this rich and varied past with particular attention, following the Jesuits’ suppression in 1773, to various enterprises and enterprisers in the Americas. The course seeks to answer these questions: What have been the characteristics of the Society of Jesus and its associated works? And how and why have those characteristics remained the same or changed? Complementing the other courses in the Certificate program, the course traces the development, expansion, suppression, restoration, and recent developments of the Society of Jesus by closely examining the historical contributions of significant Jesuits.

 

The course begins on January 14, 2019. It consists of 13 weekly modules, ending the week of April 22 (there are no modules the weeks of March 4 and April 15). The course features regular engagement between the professor and students with brief video lectures and small group discussions, via online discussion and video. A History of the Jesuits is a three-credit course.

 

The course is taught by Seth Meehan, Ph.D., the associate director at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. Meehan received his bachelor’s degree in theology from Georgetown University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Boston College. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Catholic Historical Review, Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu, Theological Studies, and Boston College Magazine, where he is a contributing editor. His scholarship has been recognized with awards from the American Catholic Historical Association, the Catholic Library Association, and other organizations. Currently, he is writing a biography of a nineteenth-century Jesuit, John McElroy, and editing a volume on a second, Salvatore Brandi.

 

Additional details are available at: https://www.bc.edu/centers/iajs/Programs/Certificate-In-Jesuit-Studies/A-History-of-the-Jesuits.html