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400th Anniversary celebrations

Conference: 'For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good'

A two-day conference in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Heythrop College and of the Jesuit Educational Tradition was held on 19th and 20th June at Senate House.

The conference, ‘For the Greater Glory of God and the More Universal Good’ was organised by Heythrop College and the Institute of English Studies of the University of London. Over the course of two days, scholars from Britain and overseas explored the character and significance of the Jesuit educational tradition, with respect both to the study of theology and philosophy, and to science, letters and the arts.

The first evening included a concert of music associated with the Jesuit colleges at Liège and St Omer, performed at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception and directed by Dr Peter Leech. This was preceded by the Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture, a public lecture on John Donne and Ignatian Spirituality delivered by Professor Dayton Haskin of Boston College. A transcript of the lecture may be downloaded here (.pdf).

The conference closed with a public lecture by Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who reflected on the Jesuit tradition of liberal education and its continued importance today. A transcript of the lecture may be downloaded here. (.pdf)

Podcasts of the conference lectures may be viewed here.

Conference Exhibition

A conference exhibtion of key books in collaboration with Senate House Library, Institute of English Studies and the Warburg Institute. Click here to read more.

Book launch: Heythrop College 1614-2014: A Commemorative History by Michael J Walsh

Heythrop College 1614-2014: A Commemorative History by Michael J WalshTo mark the end of the year’s celebration of the College’s fourth centenary, a publication entitled 'Heythrop College 1614-2014: A Commemorative History' written by Michael J Walsh (former Heythrop Librarian and Fellow of the College) was launched on 15th October.  In his book, Michael talks about the College’s various locations, and explains why it moved; he describes the people who taught in it and the lives of the students who studied in it; and he discusses what was taught, not least the surprising amount of science that used to find a place in the Jesuit curriculum.  Speakers at the launch included Michael Walsh and Professor Maurice Whitehead, Professor of History, Swansea University. Copes of their transcripts may be downloaded below:

Heythrop History Launch Michael Walsh lecture (.pdf)

Heythrop History Launch Maurice Whitehead response (.pdf)

Copies of the book may be purchased from the College using this order form.

The Loschert Lectures

As part of Heythrop College’s 400th anniversary celebrations we have launched a lecture series, the Loschert Lectures, whose purpose is to reflect, from the Christian perspective, on significant social, political and ethical issues of our day, in keeping with our Jesuit foundations.

The lecture series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Mr William Loschert, the chairman of the Trustees of the London Centre of Fordham University with which Heythrop College collaborates closely.

The first lecture in the series was held on 26 September 2013 and was given by Peter Sutherland KCMG, former EU Commissioner and Director General of the World Trade Organisation, entitled ‘Britain and Europe: from a Christian Perspective’,

The second lecture, entitled ' The Thinking Catholic in Public Life: Reflections on Faith, Government, and Social Justice' was given by Baroness Scotland on Thursday 28 November.

The third lecture in the series, entitled ' Christian Responsibility in Public Life', was given by Lord Daniel Brennan at Heythrop College on Wednesday 26 March 2014.