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February 2020: Program for 2020 International Symposium on Jesuit Studies, “Engaging the World: The Jesuits and Their Presence in Global History”

Because of the continuing threat of the coronavirus and various health and safety restrictions, the 2020 International Symposium was originally delayed to June 2021 before being cancelled in its entirety. Below is the original program for the event as scheduled for June 2020.   The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, together with its co-organizer Brotéria, is very […]

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January 2020: New Fellows Welcomed at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies

For the spring 2020 semester, the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies welcomes Christoph Sander as an in-resident fellow, joining Marco Rochini and Andrew Barrette, both of whom are completing two-semester fellowships.   Sander received his Ph.D. at Technical University of Berlin and is a postdoctoral researcher at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art

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February 2019: Symposium on Kircher at Avignon Université

On February 22, le Laboratoire de Mathématiques d’Avignon (LMA) et la Fédération de Recherche AGORANTIC d’Avignon Université hosts a day-long symposium on Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (1602-1680).   The symposium features presentations by mathematicians and historians, all considering the mathematics behind sundials. The event takes place in a building in which Kircher, noted German Jesuit scholar and polymath,

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“Instructions for Those Going on Pilgrimage,” Pierre Favre (1543)

In 1543, Pierre Favre provided the following instructions to two Spanish royal chaplains who had joined the Society of Jesus the year before. Favre had sent the new Jesuits on pilgrimage as part of their formation. The following instructions reveal much about how and why Jesuits conducted pilgrimages just three years into their order’s existence.

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March 2018: Jesuit Studies Presentations at the Renaissance Society of America Conference

The Renaissance Society of America annual conference, held in New Orleans from March 22-24, features several presentations related to the field of Jesuit Studies. Summaries of some of the presentations appear below.   More information about the conference and the RSA can be found at: http://www.rsa.org/     “‘We Must Stop This Snaking Plague!’: Jesuits and

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“Our Secondary Schools Today and Tomorrow,” Pedro Arrupe (1980)

In September 1980, Jesuit officials gathered at the Jesuit Curia in Rome to consider two elements within Jesuit secondary education: how to genuinely collaborate with the laity and how to apply Decree 4 from the 32nd General Congregation to their work. Pedro Arrupe offered the remarks to conclude the assembly. The Jesuits’ superior general used

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