Loyola University Maryland

Committee on Catholic Social Thought



Throughout the academic year, the Committee for Catholic Social Thought hosts both a speaker series and a luncheon series in conjunction with academic departments and the Jesuit Residence. Below is the schedule for the current and upcoming semesters. An archive of the speaker series and the luncheon discussion series is also available.

Lunchtime Discussion Series Fall 2018

Hopefully many of you are excited to learn that Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought is finally offering lunchtime reflections on the hugely popular The Hobbit by the great Catholic author J. R. R. Tolkien.  In the past, we’ve had some tremendous sessions on Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Dorothy Sayers Gaudy Night to name just two.
The Hobbit
should provide plenty of amusement and thought.  Bilbo Baggins, who, odd for a hobbit, is bookish, sets off on an adventure.  Along the way he meets Dwarves, Elves, Trolls, a dragon, and a most peculiar being, Gollum.  Returning home, he has a new mithril shirt and a ring… but that’s a story for another time.  
The Committee on Catholic Social Thought will buy books for people but, as in past years, people often bring their own well-worn copies of the books we are reading.  Just let me know if you need a copy and we’ll be happy to get one to you.
Presenters blend old and new as we host Tolkien scholar Joshua Hren from Belmont Abbey.  Presenters speak for no more than 15 minutes just to get the ball rolling and then it’s open discussion of your thoughts/questions.  We’ll split the reading into thirds:

  • Friday, September 21, 2018 Sue Abromaitis, professor of English at Loyola and huge fan of Tolkien.  
    Room 107 College Center (or right behind the Starbucks!) at noon.
  • Friday, October 12, 2018 Prof. Joshua Hren, Assistant Director of the Honours College, Belmont Abbey, and author of Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy (Cascade Books, 2018).
    Room 107 College Center at noon.
  • Friday, November 2, 2018 Graham McAleer, professor of philosophy at Loyola and Tolkien fan.
    Room 107 College Center at noon.

Lunch is served and all are welcome to join in the broad, open, and convivial discussions that are the hallmark of the luncheons sponsored by Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought.

Catholic Social Thought Lectures Fall 2018

Loyola’s Committee on Catholic Social Thought is happy to inform the college community of three upcoming lectures on Tolkien, disability, and the moral thinking of Dostoyevsky.

The following lectures are all in the Knott Hall B03, all lectures start at 5 pm.   

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: “The Problem of Smeagol, Pity, and the Common Good,” Prof. Joshua Hren, Belmont Abbey.
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018: “Neurodiversity and Joseph of Multicoloured Coat Fame,” Prof. Sam Levine, Touro Law School.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018: “The Moral Psychology of Rashkolnikov in Crime and Punishment,” Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, John Brown University.

Should you have questions about the Lunchtime Discussions or Lectures please write to me at gmcaleer@loyola.edu .