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Honors Program

Honors Program Events

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Honors enriches its students’ extracurricular experience through an extensive program of cultural events, discussions, social occasions, and excursions both within and beyond the Baltimore-Washington area.

2020 - 2021 Events

This is what we have lined up so far — more to come!

Thursday,  27
  Honors Freshmen Orientation webinar
Monday, 31    First Day of Classes
Monday, 7
  Labor Day (No Classes)
Thursday, 10    

Odds Bodkin Performance,
"The Iliad: Book 1"
7:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom.
Please use this link to preregister to attend.

Odds Bodkin Performance 2018
Odds Bodkin with Honors Students 2018

This event will be captioned, if you require and additional accommodations please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.

Monday, 14

Loyola's 2020 Humanities Symposium Keynote address by Phil Klay
"War, Literature, and the Long Road Home"
6:00 PM

Livestream via Zoom
Please use this link to preregister to attend.

This event will be captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu.

Monday, 28  

Writers at Work
Reading and Discussion with Julia Elliott
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please preregister via this link to attend.

Tuesday, 6  

Modern Masters Reading Series:
Reading by Eula Biss.
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please preregister via this link to attend.

Wednesday, 7  

Hanway Lecture in Global Studies
An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please register via this link to attend.

Friday,  9

Nachbahr Award Talk by Dr. Kathleen Forni, English Department, and Big Dig V Student Presentations.
3:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please preregister via this link to attend.

Friday, 16
  Midsemester Holiday
Tuesday, 20   Writers at Work
Loyola Faculty Reading & Discussion
Ramón Espejo-Saavedra and Karsonya (Kaye) Whitehead.
6:00 PM
Please preregister via this link to attend.
Tuesday, 27

 "The (Long) Ride Together: Making a Graphic Novel Memoir" a talk by Paul Karasik
Two-time Eisner Award winner, Paul Karasik is an internationally recognized cartoonist and teacher. He gives lectures and workshops about how to make comics and about how to understand comics.
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please use this link to attend this talk.

Wednesday, 28  

Modern Masters Reading Series:
Reading by Camille T. Dungy.
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom.
Please preregister via this link to attend.

Monday, 2 -
Sunday, 8

National French Week  "Un Portrait de France/A Portrait of France"

Virtual Museum Treasure Hunt: all week long
Explore Musée Rodin, Le Louvre, Musée Picasso, L’Institut Lumière de Lyon, and Musée Marmottan. Prizes for all who complete the activity correctly!
Click HERE for activity form.

Visages Villages: Nov. 2-5
Watch the film through Kanopy by Thursday 11/5 to participate in the Kahoot competition. Prizes go to top contenders!
Click HERE to access the film
Zoom ID: 789 197 0447

Portrait Discussion: Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 PM
Join the French faculty as they present their favorite French or Francophone portrait. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite French or Francophone portrait and should be ready to say the title of the work, the artist, and why they like it. Zoom ID: 240 862 0358

French Mass: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 AM
Students will have the opportunity to watch a live French mass online from Paroisse Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin in Québec.
Click HERE to access the live stream.

Tuesday, 10   “Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy”
Zoom lecture by Fred Kuwornu
5:00 PM
The event is focused on emerging new trends about Black Italian youth in Italy and includes a presentation and discussion of their contribution to the culture and history of contemporary Italy. This project is connected to Kuwornu’s recent new documentary Blaq Italiano about diversity in contemporary Italy. It involves the use of social media and is based on interviews and stories through which Loyola students will be able to get acquainted with Afro-Italians who live in Italy and in different parts of the world. The documentary seeks to capture an entire generation of Black Italians, in particular artists, entrepreneurs, bloggers who have been establishing themselves in Italian society and culture, gaining more visibility in the Italian culture through their involvement in art, music, blogging and digital activism.
To attend, please use this link.
Tuesday, 24    Thanksgiving Break Begins after last class
Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29    Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, 9
   Last Day of Classes for Fall Semester
Thursday, 10
   Study Day
Friday, 11 - Saturday, 19    Exams and close of Fall Semester, including December 12 and Saturday, December 19
Monday, 18
  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holday (University Closed)
Tuesday, 19
  Classes start 
Wednesday, 3   Modern Masters Series
Reading by Amina Gautier
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please register using this link.
Monday, 8   Writers at Work Series
Reading/Presentation by D.Watkins
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please register using this link.
Wednesday, 17    “The Bamboo in the Breast and in Belly: Thinking About Painting in 1079”
Zoom Lecture by Dr. Stephen Owen
3:00 – 4:00 PM
The noble bamboo was the emblem of the Chinese scholar-gentleman, and, when just a shoot, an excellent vegetable. In 1079 it was also becoming a favorite subject for ink-painting. In the autumn of that year, the famous Su Dongpo (1037-1101) was airing his paintings and unrolled a painting of bamboo by Wen Tong, a dear friend and relative who had passed away earlier that year. On the cusp between a medieval world and a new “early modern” world of money, Su Dongpo writes about the painting and the diverse values—aesthetic, personal, and social—that converge in it. Dr. Stephen Owen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.
To attend this event, please use this link.
Sunday, 21-
Thursday, 25

Italian Week
"Little Italies: The impact and importance of Italian language, heritage, and culture in the U.S."

Online Mass: Sunday Feb. 21 at 11:00 AM
Mass in Italian at the church of Our Lady of Pompei
Celebrant: Father Giuliano Gargiulo
See link: https://www.facebook.com/PompeiBaltimore 

Movie Night: Monday Feb. 22 at 7:00 PM
“Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee, 1989
Spike Lee on Italian-American and African American community relations in Brooklyn in the 1980's and 1990's.
Presenter: Dr. Nicolino Applauso
Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/4687812737 

Game Night: Wednesday Feb. 24 at 8:00 PM
Italian Club presents: Little Italies in the US: Family Feud Online Presentation and Game.
Zoom link: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/9500669354

Round Table: Thursday Feb. 25 at 7:00 PM
The presenters are people who have been involved in the musical life of their “Little Italies” their entire lives: 
Sheri Mignano-Crawford from San Francisco CA
Norman Calapristi-Giorno from Philadelphia PA
Marc DeSimone from Baltimore MD
Moderator: Dr. Paul Oorts

Wednesday, 10 - Thursday, 11
  Student-Faculty Colloquia for the 2021 Humanities Symposium, discussing Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys.
Two days during the official Symposium week are set aside for Loyola student/faculty colloquia. During each scheduled class period, faculty and their classes will meet with faculty and students from other classes via Zoom. These colloquia have traditionally been led by panels composed of faculty members from different disciplines who lead informal discussion, posing questions to stimulate the participation of students, and to engage the Symposium text across narrow disciplinary boundaries. 

Colloquia sessions are open to Loyola Faculty, Staff, and Students. Please preregister for one or more sessions using this link. 
Thursday, 11  

Loyola's 2021 Humanities Symposium Keynote Address "Lessons within Reach: The Space Between Truth, Social Justice, and What it Means ‘to be Maligned’" by Dr. Antoinette Jackson 
Zoom Webinar 7:00 pm
Antoinette Jackson, Ph.D., professor and chair of Anthropology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and director of the USF Heritage Research Lab, will deliver the 2021 Humanities Symposium virtual keynote address via Zoom. The keynote will address Dr. Jackson's experience with the Boot Hill Cemetery Project that inspired Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and this year’s Symposium text, The Nickel Boys. A Q&A session will follow. The keynote address is free and open to the public, but pre-registration will be required.

Please register to attend the livestream performance of the Keynote via Zoom using this link.

This event will be captioned. If you require additional accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@loyola.edu 


Wednesday, 17

"Arabic Proverbs and Aphorisms: a Reflection of their Applicability and Relevance"
a lecture by Manar Darwish, lecturer and coordinator of Bi-Co Arabic Program at Bryn Mawr College
6:30 - 7:30 pm. 
Zoom ID: 7804028589

Thursday, 25

Modern Masters Series
Reading by Matty Layne Glasgow
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom
Please register using this link.

Monday, 29 - April 5
  Extended Easter Break (No classes)
Tuesday, 6
  Classes Resume
Wednesday, 7
  Writers at Work series
Reading, Conversation, and Q & A with Alissa Nutting
6:00 PM
Livestream via Zoom.
Please register using this link.
Wednesday, 14   2021 Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium: "Protecting Civil Rights: Activism Through Culture in the Americas."

11:00 AM
"Black Death, Black Life, Black Culture, and Black Struggle in Southwestern Colombia”
Dr. Michael Birenbaum Quintero

2.00 PM
"Mayan Women's Creative Resistance and Protagonism: Redressing Gendered Racialized Violence"
Dr. Brinton Lykes

3.00 PM
"New Feminisms in Argentina: Gender, Activism, and Culture”
Dr. Graciela Montaldo
Monday, 3
  Last Day of classes for Spring Semester
Tuesday, 4   Study Day

Wednesday, 5 - Thursday, 13

  Exams and close of Spring Semester, including Saturday, May 8
Friday, 21   Academic Honors and Departmental Awards Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Friday, 21   Baccalaureate Mass, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 22   Commencement, 11 a.m.

Martha Taylor

Martha Taylor

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Honors students posing for a group photo on a wooded trail during a hike
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