The Jesuits and Globalization
This three-year project will examine the historical contributions of the Society of Jesus and in our increasingly global era. It will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to explore Jesuit innovations and legacies in the areas of mission, education, and justice. A symposium will address each thematic area and the project will culminate in a capstone conference—to be held in 2014, the bicentennial of the reestablishment of the Jesuit order—and in an edited book and a monograph.
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Mission and Dialogue (Spring 2013). Only decades after its formation in 1540 the Society of Jesus had active missions around the world. In their global engagement Jesuits have combined a commitment to spread the Gospel with an embrace of dialogue with different cultures and religions. The symposium will center on the idea of human dignity that has historically animated Jesuit missions and remains critical today, given global imperatives of interreligious and intercultural understanding.
Education and the Human Person (Fall 2013). The Jesuit contribution to global education can be traced from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (1548) through today’s global network of Jesuit schools, colleges, and universities. The commitment to “cura personalis” that informs the Exercises is a bridge between the medieval and Renaissance humanist conceptions of the human person. The symposium will address the relevance of the Jesuit model to efforts to reimagine liberal education in a global era.
Justice and the Common Good (Spring 2014). The founding document of the Society of Jesus invokes both the “glory of God and the common good.” Jesuits have often served as confessors to Catholic rulers and politicians. More significantly, they have made enduring contributions to the fields of law and human rights, and social justice. The symposium will address historical and contemporary Jesuit efforts to pursue the Common Good by bringing religious tradition into dialogue with the secular world.
The project will culminate in an edited book and a capstone conference in Rome in fall 2014, hosted by Gregorian University, to coincide with the bicentennial of the reinstatement of the Society of Jesus.
The Jesuits and Globalization: Justice and the Common Good
May 8, 2014
Education and the Human Person in the Jesuit Tradition
October 25, 2013
The Jesuits, Globalization, and Dialogue
April 19, 2013
|Peter Balleis||Maria Clara Bingemer|
|Francis Clooney||David Hollenbach|
|Daniel Madigan||John O'Malley|
|Sabina Pavone||Antoni Ucerler|