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The Macau Ricci Institute hosts a new MRI Public Forum led Thierry Meynard S.J., on “From Confucius to Zhu Xi: the adoption of Neo-Confucianism by the Jesuit François Noël in his Philosophia Sinica (1711)”. The lecture takes place on March 17, 18:30-20:00.
According to the Macau Ricci Institute, Jesuits in China since the time of Matteo Ricci had “recognized an authentic discourse on God in the writings of Confucius and of his school, opening a fruitful venue for Christianity to take roots in Chinese culture. However, since Ricci, the missionaries and the Chinese Christians had rejected the School of Principle of Zhu Xi and its concepts of Taiji, Li, Qi and guishen. In his Philosophia Sinica (1711), François Noël argued that Neo-confucianism continued and deepened the ancient discourse on God, and he accepts Taiji as a legitimate concept for God in the philosophical sense. Why was Noël able to examine afresh Neo-confucianism? How he did it? What are the consequences for Christian theology? Those questions are like an invitation to go forward in the dialogue between Confucianism and Christianity in the 21rst century.”
More information about this public lecture is available at: http://www.riccimac.org/index.php/en/component/djevents/details/2021-03-17/163-mri-forum-104
The Jesuits in Britain Archives and the Stonyhurst College Collections have collaborated to host a new online exhibition: “‘How Bleedeth Burning Love’: Relics of the Forty Martyrs.”
The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Relics, manuscripts, and artifacts help to illustrate to the faith stories of the martyrs from the the 16th and 17th centuries.
The exhibition is available at https://www.jesuitcollections.org.uk/exhibition.
Loyola University Chicago commemorates its sesquicentennial with online lectures “with other great minds to reflect and address urgent issues of our time.” The Loyola 150 Scholar Series is open to the public. A full schedule is available at https://www.luc.edu/150/scholars/.
Of particular note is the March 22 The John F. Callahan Lecture: “‘urbs procul est, urbs magna, Chicago’: Latin Drama, Jesuit Education, and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair” by Laura Gawlinski, associate professor and chair at department of classical studies, Loyola University Chicago, and Christopher Polt, assistant professor of classical studies at Boston College.
According to the lecture’s summary, Gawlinski and Polt will consider the central role that Latin performances assumed in Jesuit education. “In the late 19th century,” the summary continues, these performances “took on complex new significance as Jesuit schools in the U.S. sparked renewed interest in their production. This talk explores how Jesuit educators saw the theatrical performance in Latin as a means not only of student formation but also of self-promotion and self-defense during a turbulent period in U.S. higher education and Catholic immigration history.”